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Question for written answer to the Commission

Answer given by Mr Kallas on behalf of the Commission


1. With the full entry into force of Directive 2006/126/EC on driving licences from 19 January 2013, the rules on obtaining a driving licence for mopeds, motorcycles, trucks and lorries have been strengthened and minimum requirements for driving licence examiners have been introduced. In addition, the directive 2003/59/EC on initial qualification and periodic training of professional truck and bus drivers set minimum requirements for road safety related training of these drivers.

2. The EU has already adopted an ambitious target to reduce the number of road deaths by half between 2010 and 2020. In addition, a new target is being discussed on the reduction of serious road traffic injuries. Such a target could earliest be set in 2015, when first data on serious injuries will be reported by the Member States. For the long-term, the objective is to reduce the number of road traffic crash victims to almost zero.