Extracts from the press conference by Siim Kallas on the European driving licences directive
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 18/01/2013 First transmission: 18/01/2013
On 18 January 2013, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, gave a press conference on the European Driving Licence Directive. From 19 January 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.
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||Arrival of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, at the press conference (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that most of them are rather fond of their driving licences. It may be something they have had in their 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 licence. ID photos may be long out of date, the categories for which the driver is licenced unclear and the document may be easy to forge. Fake driving licences are a licence to kill, that is why they need licences which are easy to read, easy to understand and very difficult to falsify.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that 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, they are strengthening requirements for the most vulnerable categories of road users, namely motorbike riders. They 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, they are establishing a consistent set of minimum requirements across the EU.
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Departure of Siim Kallas