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Internal Market: Liechtenstein to be brought to court for failing to implement the Driving Licences Directive




The EFTA Surveillance Authority decided today to bring a case before the EFTA Court against Liechtenstein for failure to implement the Driving Licences Directive (2006/126/EC), as well as two amending Directives (2012/36/EU and 2011/94/EU).

The Driving Licences Directive aims at improving road safety in the EEA, in particular by setting minimum standards for medical checks on professional drivers and for qualifications and continuous training for driving examiners. The Directive also further enhances harmonisation of the European driving licence system, inter alia, by introducing a harmonised period of driving licence validity and a new standardised "credit card" licence model which reduces the risk of fraud or forgery.

The EFTA States were required to implement the Directive by 19 January 2011.

Lodging a case at the EFTA Court is the last step in a formal infringement procedure against an EFTA State. Prior to this, Liechtenstein has been informed about the Authority┬┤s view and had a chance to bring forward its arguments as well as to settle the case by complying within the applicable deadline.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

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