Exchange of information on traffic violations among EU countries to improve

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 27.3.2014 13.34
Press release

The Government is proposing the confirmation of an amendment to the Road Transport Act, which improves exchange of information on traffic offences and violations. The legislation is to come into effect on 14 April 2014.

The police will be able to send the owner of a vehicle registered in another EU country, or the person in whose possession of the car or a temporary user of the car a notice on violations such as exceeding the speed limit, driving while intoxicated, or running a red light.

The notice should contain information on matters such as the location and time of the violation, the vehicle itself, and the possible punishment that may result. The report must be made in the language of the car's registration document, or in an official language of the state in question.

The aim of the legislative change is to ensure efficiency in the investigation of traffic offences and violations also when the vehicle involved in the act is registered in a different EU member state than the one in which the offence or violation has occurred.

The exchange of information is to take place through the shared Eucaris data system.

The international exchange of information for traffic offences and violations has been possible in the European Union previously as well. The amendments to Finland's Road Transport Act and the Vehicular and Driver Data Register Act are aimed at improving the exchange of information and personal data.

Further information

Mr Kimmo Kiiski, Senior adviser for road transport, Ministry of Transport and Communications, tel. +358 295 34 2304
Mr Heikki Ihalainen, Police Inspector, National Police Board, tel. +358 295 48 1756