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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 deal with the important matter of sharing vehicle registration information with other countries, specifically other EU Member States. It empowers the Secretary of State, through DVLA, to provide information to the authorities of another Member State about the registered keeper of a vehicle registered in the UK, along with certain other information on the register. The information must be requested to facilitate the investigation in the other Member State of an alleged traffic offence relate to road safety which took place after the Regulations came into effect.

The Secretary of State is also designated for the purpose of requesting the same information from other Member States where offences are committed in the UK.

The offences to which the Regulations apply are drink driving, driving while under the influence of drugs, failing to stop at a red traffic light, failing to use a seat belt of child restraint, failing to wear a crash helmet, using a hand-held communication device while driving, speeding, and using what is ominously called a "forbidden lane".

The Regulations implement (or "transpose") EU Directive 2015/413 of the European Parliament and of
the Council of 11th March 2015 facilitating cross-border exchange of information on
road safety related traffic offences. This directive replaced  Directive 2011/82/EU which the Court of Justice found had been made under the wrong Treaty power (justice and home affairs), which allowed the UK (and Ireland and Denmark) to opt out of it.

The Regulations were made on 6 April and come into effect on 6 May 2017.

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