Driving licences

Driving licence directive revision on the agenda for Czech EU presidency

Driving licence directive revision on the agenda for Czech EU presidency

ETSC has published a new briefing on the revision of the EU driving licence directive.  The directive is currently under review with a proposal from the European Commission expected later this year under the Czech Presidency of the EU which runs from July to December. ETSC is calling for the Commission to maintain existing age requirements for driving licences and not to lower them for any vehicle category.  ETSC would […]

Position Paper – Revision of the Driving Licence Directive 2006/126/EC

Position Paper – Revision of the Driving Licence Directive 2006/126/EC

The European Commission is currently preparing a major revision to the EU Driving Licence Directive (2006/126). A main objective of the legislation is to enhance road safety: contributing to ‘Vision Zero’ and the targets of reducing road deaths and serious injuries by 50% by 2030. The recent EC evaluation of the implementation of the last revision of the Driving Licence Directive in the EU indicated that the law had a […]

Spain: major changes to road safety rules will see alcohol interlocks in new passenger transport vehicles and mandatory helmets for e-scooter riders

Spain: major changes to road safety rules will see alcohol interlocks in new passenger transport vehicles and mandatory helmets for e-scooter riders

The Spanish Parliament has approved several significant changes to road safety laws, that will come into effect in 2022. Spain will require all new types of M2 and M3 vehicle, i.e. mini-buses designed to carry more than eight people, buses and coaches, to be fitted with an alcohol interlock device from next year.  That coincides with new EU rules that require an interface for such a device on all new […]

Young drivers: call for EU to mandate zero-tolerance alcohol and drug limits and graduated driving licences

Young drivers: call for EU to mandate zero-tolerance alcohol and drug limits and graduated driving licences

ETSC is calling on the European Union to improve the safety of young drivers through changes to driver licensing, among other measures, as new data show young road users, aged 15 to 30, have come to represent a quarter of all road deaths. In a report published today, ETSC says that, in 2019, 5,182 young people were killed in road collisions in the 25 EU countries for which figures are […]

Reducing road deaths among young people (PIN Flash 41)

Reducing road deaths among young people (PIN Flash 41)

This report looks at the progress made in Europe in reducing road deaths among young people. It is based on the latest available data from the 32 EU and non-EU countries that participate in ETSC’s Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme, examining trends over time as well as differences between countries, which are very significant. The format, now familiar to readers of past PIN reports, comes in three parts: Part […]

ETSC Online Event – Reducing Road Deaths among Young People- 28 October 14.30-16.30 CEST

This online event explored how to reduce road deaths among young people, in particular in light of the upcoming revision of the EU Driving Licence Directive. There was a welcome by Elena Kountoura MEP and Mr Tatsuya Namura of Toyota Motor Europe followed by presentations on: Young People’s risk behaviour: the science behind it – Dr. Divera Twisk, Queensland University of Technology Reducing road deaths among young people – findings […]

UK weakens HGV driver testing requirements

UK weakens HGV driver testing requirements

The UK government has announced changes to HGV driving tests that have been criticised by the national haulage industry association as a ‘risk to road safety’. The move is an attempt to speed-up recruitment of new lorry drivers in response to an ongoing shortage across Europe, but one that has been compounded in the UK because of Brexit. Under the new plans, drivers will no longer have to pass two […]

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