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Carthy supports EU measures aimed at curbing cross-border traffic offences

10 February, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has outlined his party’s support for new EU measures aimed at facilitating the Cross-Border exchange of information related to traffic offences. 

 Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg Mr. Carthy said:

 “Sinn Féin support this regulation as its implementation should mean that people who have committed a road traffic offence in a country but who are not a resident of that Member State can face the penalties for their actions. The eight measures included in the regulation consist of the most common causes of road fatalities such as speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

“This is obviously a particular issue in Ireland as a minority of drivers have used the border as a mechanism to show disregard for road safety laws when travelling on the other side of the border. We also know that drivers from other EU countries have been basically immune to Irish traffic laws.

 “In effect, this measure will provide the framework to make it easier to share penalty points. Both governments have previously tried to achieve mutual penalty points recognition on the island of Ireland but have faced problems.

 “Hopefully this can now be achieved. The priority must be to ensure the safety of all road users”.

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