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Driving: Disqualification

Transport written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Jacob Rees-Mogg Jacob Rees-Mogg Conservative, North East Somerset

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether the UK would be obliged to accept the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU to give preliminary rulings on the interpretation of the 1998 EU Convention on Driving Disqualifications if the UK remained bound by that Convention after the expiry of the transitional period provided for in Article 10 of the Protocol on Transitional Provisions annexed to the EU treaties.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

On 9 July the Secretary of State for the Home Department announced to the UK Parliament that the Government will opt-out en masse from all pre-Lisbon police and justice measures. This is a decision that flows from the existing treaty and its protocols. The Government also announced that the UK would seek to rejoin 35 measures within scope of the decision. These are set out in Command Paper 8671. The 1998 Convention is not one of these 35 measures and, as such, the UK will not be seeking to rejoin this instrument.

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