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01/12/2006

Call for an EU-wide zero alcohol limit for new and professional commercial drivers

In a bid to tackle drink-driving, members of the Parliament's Transport Committee attempted to pass a report recommending that the Commission propose an EU-wide upper limit of 0.5% for blood alcohol levels for all drivers and 0,2% for young drivers. A number of MEPs also suggested a zero alcohol limit for new drivers and professional drivers involved in passenger transport. But, these amendments were rejected in a vote on 22 November 2006.

Angered Green group transport spokespersons said: "Given the undeniable dangers of drink driving, it is nothing short of a disgrace that a majority of MEPs opposed setting an EU-wide limit for blood alcohol levels.”

DRAFT REPORT on European Road Safety Action Programme - mid-term review (2006/2112(INI)). Committee on Transport and Tourism. Rapporteur: Ewa Hedkvist Petersen (Swedish Socialist)

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2004_2009/documents/pr/617/617079/617079en.pdf