New EU rules are set to come into force from 6 May that provides European authorities with the power to chase British motorists for fines by obtaining their driver details from the DVLA.
The UK had been given a two-year exemption from the rules but had to introduce them by this spring, now they are set to be enforced and cover specific, road safety-related offences:
- Drink/drug driving
- No seatbelt/crash helmet
- Red light/forbidden lane, and
- Mobile phone offences
The new regulation (SI 2017/554) requires the DVLA to provide details of the registered keeper/owner at the time of the alleged traffic offence if the authorities in another EU country contact DVLA within 12 months of the date of the alleged offence.