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Transport: Vehicle Registration

Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 17 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to allow data relating to vehicle ownership to be exchanged between European registration authorities with a view to enforcing fines and penalties imposed on foreign-registered vehicles. [HL3043]

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency does not have the legal authority to release information to foreign authorities seeking to enforce fines and penalties. We are aware that the European Commission is funding research to identify the steps that could be taken at a European level to implement a pan-EU approach to cross-border enforcement of traffic offences involving all member states.

Further information is contained in the department's response in January to a Commission consultation paper Respecting the Rules: Better Road Safety Enforcement in the European Union. A copy of the response can be found at: