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European Commission - Press release

Driving licences: Commission requests Finland and Portugal to adopt measures on driving licences

Brussels, 26 January 2012 - The European Commission has decided today to refer Finland and Portugal to the EU's Court of Justice over their failure to adopt national legislation updating requirements for physical and mental fitness to drive.

The EU rules

Two directives adopted in 2009 (Directive 2009/112/EC and Directive 2009/113/EC) have updated and adapted to scientific progress the minimum standards of physical and mental fitness for driving a power-driven vehicle1. The amendments review the existing minimum requirements on eyesight, diabetes and epilepsy.

The reason for today's action

Finland has until now not fully transposed these Directives into national law, while Portugal has yet to fully transpose Directive 2009/113/EC, although they were required to do so by 15 September 2010.

The practical effect of non-implementation

The 2009 amending directives represent an advantage to people with less-than-perfect eyesight, diabetes or epilepsy because they adapt previous fitness requirements to scientific progress made in the treatment of these impairments and offer those affected extended opportunities to drive a vehicle while fully safeguarding road safety.

More information on infringement procedures: MEMO/12/42

Contacts :

Helen Kearns (+32 2 298 76 38)

Dale Kidd (+32 2 295 74 61)

1 :

These minimum standards are contained in the driving licence directives (Directive 91/439/EEC applicable now and Directive 2006/126/EC applicable from 2013).


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