To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in what circumstances (a) EC nationals and (b) non-EC nationals may legally drive in the United Kingdom while banned from driving for alcohol-related offences in their own countries; and if he will make a statement.
The removal of the right to drive in another member state or other non-EC country applies only in that jurisdiction. Drivers banned in other countries may drive here provided they are not banned in the United Kingdom. Work has recently started under European political co-operation in the judicial co-operation working group on criminal matters to explore the possibility of an agreement which would mean that a driver disqualified from driving in one member state would not be able to drive elsewhere in the Community.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in what circumstances persons banned from driving by British courts for alcohol-related offences may legally drive in other EC countries during the period of their suspension; and if he will make a statement.
The jurisdiction of the British courts only applies to this country. Drivers banned here may legally drive elsewhere in the European Community.