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Driving: EU Action

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will take steps at EU level to seek to ensure mutual recognition of driving disqualifications in all EU member states. (282982)

The United Kingdom is a signatory to the 1998 European convention on driving disqualifications. The necessary primary legislation in connection with this convention forms part of the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003.

The convention does not come into practical effect across all member states until all 15 original signatories have adopted it. I understand that only Spain has done so.

However, the convention also allows member states to bring in arrangements early. The UK and the Republic of Ireland have been discussing a bilateral arrangement to do so together, but no final arrangements have yet been made.

To date, no other EU member state has expressed an interest in making such an arrangement with the UK.