EU Takes Cyprus To Court of Justice Over Drivers Licences
The Directive 2006/125/EC introduces new driving license categories and a period of validity for licences. It also sets minimum standards for medical checks on professional drivers.
The directive should have been fully transposed by 19 January 2011, said the Commission in a statement.
Failure to implement the directive may affect road safety and makes it difficult for the Cypriots to exchange the relevant driving licences in other parts of the EU. This legislation is very important for the free movement of drivers, said the Commission.
Another objective of the directive is to reduce the risks of fraud by using plastic card model, with the option to use a microchip.
The directive is essential as it guarantees the mutual recognition of driving licences within the EU, including the new driving licence categories. Not implementing this directive could affect road safety and make it difficult for Cypriots to exchange their driving licence for a new one in other parts of the EU or for other Europeans to exchange their driving licence for a Cypriot one, said the Commission.
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