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18/01/2007

European Parliament resolution on European Road Safety Action Programme - mid-term review

The European Parliament adopted in 18 January 2007 a resolution on the European Road Safety Action Programme.

In its resolution, the European Parliament calls on the Member States to consider introducing a zero alcohol limit for “new drivers and professional commercial vehicle and bus drivers involved in passenger transport and, for example, in the transport of hazardous goods”.

It also recommends the Members to pay particular attention to alcohol interlocks as a possible solution to drink driving and calls on the Commission and the Member States to encourage EuroNCAP (European automobile safety organization) to introduce tests for active technical systems such as driver support (e.g. alcohol interlocks).

In the draft report that the rapporteur, Ewa Petersen, presented to the responsible Committee in the Parliament (the Transport Committee) there was a call for the Commission “to propose a directive as soon as possible on a common upper alcohol limit for EU roads of 0.5%o for all drivers and 0.2%o for young drivers”. Unfortunately, the Transport Committee voted against this measure.

Link to the EP resolution:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?Type=TA&Reference=P6-TA-2007-0009&language=EN

Link to the draft report prepared by the Rapporteur Ewa Petersen

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2004_2009/documents/pr/617/617079/617079en.pdf

To follow what was said during the plenary session in Strasbourg, this is the link to the live debate

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/eplive/vod/seance_en.htm?Date=20070117