European driving licences directive: extracts from the Midday press briefing statement by Siim KALLAS, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport
Première transmission: 18/01/2013
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 18/01/2013
From January 19th 2013, all new driving licences issued across the EU will be in the form of a plastic "credit card," with a standard European format and tougher security protection. The new European licence will progressively replace the more than 100 different paper and plastic models currently in use by more than 300 million drivers across the EU. It is part of a broader package of measures (3rd EU Driving Licence Directive) coming into force designed to enhance free movement, tackle driving licence fraud and improve road safety across the EU.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Siim Kallas: most of us are rather fond of our driving licences. It may be something we have had in our possession for many years. But the fact is that traffic police across Europe are currently expected to recognise more than 100 different types of paper and plastic driving licences. ID photos may be long out of date, the categories for which the driver is licenced are unclear and the document may be easy to forge.
Fake driving licences are a licence to kill. That is why we need licences which are easy to read, easy to understand and very difficult to falsify.
||Cutaway of journalists
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Siim Kallas:The new driving licence rules also improve road safety and tackle the issue of fraud on a number of fronts.
For example: By requiring car drivers and motorcyclists to renew their licences every 10-15 years. That's not another driving test, it means fresh documents, with up to date information and security features.
Rules for renewal of bus and truck drivers' licences will be tougher. 5 years for renewal, including a medical exam. In addition, we are strengthening requirements for the most vulnerable categories of road users, namely motorbike riders. We are raising the age limits to get a licence for the most powerful motorbikes. And putting more emphasis on experience in getting these licences. When it comes to mopeds, we are establishing a consistent set of minimum requirements across the EU.
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Departure of Siim Kallas