Tougher rules on EU car insurance

Monday, 11 July 2011

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A crackdown on traffic offences committed by Brits abroad could see car insurance quotes increase for drivers.

The European Union (EU) is taking action to curb the four "big killers" that contribute to 75 per cent of fatalities on European roads.

Motorists drink driving, speeding, breaking traffic lights and failing to wear a seatbelt will now be subject to cross border enforcement, after European Parliament ministers reached an agreement on new legislation.

In order to facilitate the new proposals, ministers envisage an electronic data exchange network, enabling authorities in EU member states to access driver registration details.

However, prosecutions and sentencing will remain the remit of the member state in which an offence was committed.

European Commission vice president Siim Kallas explained: "These new rules should have a powerful deterrent effect and change behaviour.

"Many people still seem to think that when they go abroad the rules no longer apply to them. My message is that they do apply and now we are going to apply them."

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