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PR(09)41: Iceland fails to implement directive on driving licences


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to deliver a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to ensure implementation of amendments to the Annexes of the Driving Licences Directive[1].The Directive should have been implemented by 6 December 2008.  

The Directive amends the code inserted on the driving licence, which indicates the restriction to drive vehicles with automatic transmission only. This has also lead to a change in the minimum requirements for driving test vehicles. Finally, there is a change in the content of the theory test for driving licences, whereby a requirement on safe driving in road tunnels is added.

Delivering a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority may bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to take satisfactory measures within three months of receiving the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:


Ragnhild Behringer
Deputy Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 64

Brussels, 10 June 2009


[1]Commission Directive 2008/65/EC of 27 June 2008 amending Directive 91/439/EEC on driving licences.

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