Did you know that if you do not take your child in a child car seat in Italy and they fine you then it could reach Spain? The European Union advocates for fines that cross national borders for some of the main traffic offenses, such as speeding, not using a seat belt or transporting children without approved restraint systems.
In February 2015 the European Parliament approved the updated legislation on cross-border data exchanges for traffic offenses which allow a European Union Member State to sanction a driver in another EU State who has committed an offense related to road safety in their country. In doing so, the EU is attempting to end impunity in traffic offenses and continues working on the strongly desired ‘Goal Zero’ victims on the roads.
EU Member states have access to national vehicle registration data in order to be able to contact people who have been fined for a series of offenses related to road safety determined through the Registro de Vehículos del Organismo Autónomo Jefatura Central de Tráfico (Vehicle Registry of the Independent Traffic Headquarters Body).
Spain can provide the following information: license plate and chassis number, country of registration, make, model and EU category code. Spain can also provide data on the owners, regular drivers or long-term rentals: surnames or company name, name, address, date of birth, legal standing, a legal or natural person, individual, association, company, etc; and ID number such as a national identity document or foreign identification number.
In this way, the fines that can be searched for and which can be sent from one country to another are:
- Excessive speed
-Driving with alcohol levels above the established legal limits.
- Not using a seat belt or other approved restraint systems.
- Failing to stop at a red light or in a place with a «stop» sign.
- Driving on a prohibited lane, or the hard shoulder or on a lane reserved for certain users.
- Driving under the influence of drugs, stimulants or any other substance causing a similar effect.
- Not using a safetyhelmet.
-Using a mobile phone or any other communication device when driving if this is prohibited.
EU cross-border sanctions are now included in the second additional provision of the reform of the Traffic and Road Safety Act (Transposition of Directive 2011/82/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 facilitating the cross-border exchange of information on road safety related traffic offenses).
We know that failing to install and not using child restraint systems is a serious offense in Spain carrying a 200 euro fine and the removal of 3 points from the driver's licence. Worse than this, however, is the fact that the child is at risk, at the very least, of being injured.