On the New European system for drivers’ licences
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-33662,single-format-standard,cookies-not-set,et_divi_builder,qode-social-login-1.1.2,qode-restaurant-1.1.1,stockholm-core-1.0.5,tribe-no-js,page-template-stockholm,select-theme-ver-9.9,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,vertical_menu_enabled,menu-animation-underline,side_area_uncovered,,qode_menu_,et-pb-theme-stockholm,et-db,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-7.6,vc_responsive

On the New European system for drivers’ licences

A significant improvement in the safety of Europe’s roads is necessary. Every accident is one accident too many. The EPP Group believes that any new measures introduced must prioritise road safety and not impose burdens on citizens.

I say “Hands off our steering wheels, Greens!” Driving is not only an essential means of transport, but for many it is a vital catalyst for personal empowerment. Unfairly penalising older drivers would reduce their mobility and independence and lead to a significant increase in isolation, especially in rural areas. Similarly, banning younger drivers will hinder them from gaining experience, mastering their skills and becoming confident, safe drivers. We fear that this could have adverse effects, leading to an increase in road accidents in the future.

Young drivers should be able to drive heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks, if accompanied by an experienced driver. I believe this is a smart solution, which everyone can benefit from: young drivers gain valuable experience and more experienced drivers benefit from much-needed help. To make sure safety is respected absolutely, we want stricter penalties for young drivers during their first two years of driving, For example, stricter penalties, if they drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Life should be made easier for Europeans. I want citizens to be able to obtain physical and mobile driving licences in any Member State at any time. If a driving licence is lost or stolen abroad, it should be as easy to get a new one as it is at home. The European Parliament also wants category T (tractors) driving licences to be mutually recognised across the EU so that European farmers can work across the EU, especially during seasonal work.

The Greens have argued that drivers of cars heavier than 1.8 tonnes should carry a special category B+ driving licence. This would negatively affect millions of busy families who rely on heavier, family-friendly vehicles, as well as small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). Safety is one of the top concerns for families when buying cars and driving, it is irrational and preposterous to burden them with this requirement. The Greens also claim that heavier cars are less energy efficient. However, the majority of electric vehicles on the market weigh more than 1.8 tonnes. If the Greens were successful, many Europeans who have switched to electric vehicles, including family cars like KIA e-Niro, Škoda Enyaq or VW ID.4, would be penalised for switching to a more sustainable car.