July Infringements Package

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission takes legal action against Member States for non-compliance with their obligations under EU law. Two of these cases concern non-commercial road transport in July:

Medical fitness of drivers

Commission's reasoned opinion (step 2; see infobox) to Germany and the Czech Republic on EU legislation adopted in July 2016 on aspects of medical fitness of drivers in relation to cardiovascular diseases. Further Links: ▪ Procedure File ▪ Commission Proposal ▪ Press Release Parliament 13.02.2019 ▪ Text adopted by Parliament Further Links: ▪ Website of the Finnish Presidency ▪ Program of the Presidency

Vehicle testing measures

Reasoned opinion of the Commission (step 2) to Poland concerning the EU rules on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers adopted in April 2014 (Directive 2014/45/EC). These EU rules contain minimum requirements for test facilities, training of inspectors and supervisory authorities. Poland has also failed to adopt, publish or communicate to the Commission the national measures transposing the EU rules on technical roadside inspection of commercial vehicles (Directive 2014/47/EC). The Directive lays down common rules for technical roadside inspections.

More details available at <https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_INF-19-4251_en.htm>.

Worth knowing: Infringement Procedure The European Commission can identify possible infringements of EU law on the basis of its own investigations or following complaints from citizens, businesses or stakeholders. If the Commission finds that a country has failed to implement a Directive or to remedy an alleged infringement, it can open formal infringement proceedings. The procedure consists of several steps: (1) Formal notice by the Commission requesting further information to the country concerned; (2) reasoned opinion by the Commission requesting the country to take action within a time limit to remedy the infringement; (3) referral to the European Court of Justice; (4) request to comply with the judgment; (5) second referral to the Court of Justice; (6) financial penalties. More information on infringement proceedings can be found here.

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