British motorists who travel abroad in their own car will soon be subjected to a new European Directive. This Directive enables countries in the Euro-zone, to be able to exchange any information regarding traffic offences and other traffic related incidents.
This means that if a motorist, drives above the speed limit in say France, then the driver would be penalized for the offence in say Italy or Germany where ever the driver resides.
For some reason the EU ministers think that this will save lives. EU transport ministers came to a political agreement regarding the directive in late 2010 and was also approved by the British as part of the legal basis for the “Cross Border Enforcement Directive” that deals with other police matters of cooperation, other than transport matters.