Ireland will adopt new EU rules on cross-border traffic fines soon, but the UK Department for Transport is refusing to say when it will follow suit.
Also, BMW’s ‘highest driver training centre in the world’. With bad weather forecast, migrants and strikers milling around Calais recently it’s ironic it was a technical issue that did for Christmas getaway passengers at the weekend.
UK WON’T SAY WHEN ON CROSS-BORDER TRAFFIC FINES
No news on cross-border fines as MPs nod through registration data sharing.
The UK Department for Transport is refusing to say when it will attempt to implement EU rules on cross-border traffic fines.
Despite several requests last week, a DfT spokesperson declined to give any details on when the doubtless controversial Directive 2015/413/EU – on ‘facilitating cross-border exchange of information on road-safety-related traffic offences’ – will make it onto the statute books.
It allows respective EU police forces to access driver details on eight offences, from speeding to drink driving and not wearing a seatbelt.
In February, MEPs voted to allow the UK, Denmark and Ireland a grace period of two years to implement the legislation, until 6 May 2017.
All other Member States have already implemented the new rules, or are about to do so. It emerged last week that Ireland will adopt the directive ‘soon’.
Meanwhile, British MPs did agree to share vehicle registration details with other EU countries earlier this month.
The Prum Convention was one of the EU Justice and Home Affairs measures the UK opted-out of en bloc last year.
It allows police forces to run DNA, fingerprint and vehicle registration data through each other’s databases, in as little as ten seconds in the case of car registrations.
The measure is primarily intended to tackle terrorism, cross-border crime and illegal migration.
roundup: CROSSING THE CHANNEL. A Christmas getaway weekend from hell for many passengers. Those heading out of Dover on Saturday were warned by DFDS it could take three hours to check-in thanks to 100% passport controls. However, it wasn’t until Sunday morning that the real trouble started. Broken points knocked out one Channel Tunnel leading to hours of delays for drivers leaving the UK. No sooner was that fixed than a broken rail then saw passengers waiting up to eight hours. It wasn’t until late on Sunday evening that normal service resumed, though freight customers back from France were still dogged by – decreasing – delays at midday Monday. The disruption is set to continue overnight with emergency maintenance limiting freight departures to three every ninety minutes. It’s ironic it would be a technical issue causing problems when the days leading up to the weekend were dominated by talk of bad weather, the large scale migrant action on the A16 motorway on Thursday, and a potential strike by freshly disgruntled former MyFerryLink workers. However, as expected, the threat of a Calais blockade has retreated for now. Union boss Eric Vercoutre told AFP on Friday he would hold off on any action until the round table discussions organised by the French Minister of Transport on 10 January, with a further deadline of 31 January for a solution to be found.