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European Commission - Press release

Driving licences: Commission requests Luxembourg to adopt measures on driving licences

Brussels, 22 March 2012 - The European Commission has today asked Luxemburg to adopt national legislation on driving licences in accordance with its obligations under European Union law. The Commission's request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures. If Luxemburg fails to inform the Commission within two months of measures taken to ensure full compliance with the Directive in this respect, the Commission could refer the case to the EU Court of Justice.

The EU rules

Directive 2006/126/EC updates Directive 91/439/EC on driving licences, for example, by introducing new driving licence categories and a harmonised period of validity of the driving licence document. The new rules introduced by this Directive will help to reduce possibilities of fraud, guarantee a true freedom of movement for EU drivers and reinforce safety on European roads.

The reason for today's action

Luxemburg still has not fully transposed this Directive into national law, although it was required to do so by 19 January 2011.

The practical effect of non-implementation

This Directive is essential as it guarantees the mutual recognition of driving licences within the EU, including the new driving licence categories. Not implementing this Directive could affect road safety and make it difficult for residents of Luxemburg to exchange their driving licence for a new one in other parts of the EU or for other Europeans to exchange their driving licence for a one in Luxemburg.

More information on infringement procedures: MEMO/12/200

Contacts :

Helen Kearns (+32 2 298 76 38)

Dale Kidd (+32 2 295 74 61)

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