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EU influence on car accident compensation

There has recently been cause for two celebrations in The Claim Solicitors office; two of my colleagues are pleased as punch to have passed their driving tests. Yes, two new drivers have been released onto the roads facing the risk of potential road accidents and having to make claims for car accident compensation. I think they deserve big congratulations for getting their licences which is nothing to be sniffed at when the complexity of the modern day driving test is considered.

Not only do you have to work your way through pages of multiple choice questions based on The Highway Code, but you also have to undergo a gruelling practical test under the scrutiny of the formidable driving examiner, one of the most stony-faced human beings known to man, after completing the show-and-tell element of the test where you are quizzed on the functionality of your car. This is all a very good idea to get new drivers used to the roads, their vehicle and the act of driving but does it have to be so blinking hard?

I myself do not possess a driving licence and am not likely to in the near future. I am what you would politely call a nervy driver and probably just as much of a risk to others as I am to myself. So putting me behind a wheel wouldn't really do anyone any favours. Writing about fatal accidents and car accident compensation claims on a daily basis also contributes a certain amount to putting me off getting out there and taking on all those cars.

While it has got more difficult to pass a driving test it is deemed to get even harder and it is not too likely that I will take a leap of faith and pass that test. However, there may be a gleam of hope with the introduction of the EU driving licence, expected to reach us in the next six years.

EU driving licence: the future
It has been announced that the European Union's 300 million plus drivers will wave goodbye to their 110 different styles of plastic and paper licences when the EU driving licence is gradually introduced from 2013. This means that the driving licence will be valid in all countries that are part of the EU and one of it major aims is to improve security issues.

The new licence will be in the style of a credit card, featuring a photograph and perhaps a microchip. The microchip can be used to store information about the driver such as whether they have been disqualified from driving in another country. This is designed to stop drivers going from one country, in which they have a driving ban, to another to drive illegally and puts other motorists at less risk of having to make car accident compensation claims as a result of reckless driving or the like.

Driving licences will no longer be issued for life. EU licences will need to be renewed every 10 or 15 years, depending on the country in which they were issued. Bus and lorry drivers will have to retake their tests every five years and motorcyclists will have to build up experiences on smaller motorcycles before they can move onto larger ones.

EU driving licence: easier and cheaper?
With this in mind I am wondering whether it will be easier to take your driving test abroad in the future. I have not heard of anywhere that has a tougher initiation trial than the UK driving test and with the whole of the EU soon to be linked by similar driving licences it would surely make sense to take advantage of this opportunity for an easier ride so to speak. It may also cost less to take a driving test abroad with it currently costing between £48.50 and £58.50 in the UK. Surely it has got to be cheaper abroad; most things are.

But will they then decide to standardise the driving test by introducing the 'new EU driving test' alongside the new driving licence? While this will stop people taking their test in other countries because they are trying to save a few bob and escape the harsh and, some might say, over-watchful eye of the British examiner, this will be quite difficult to establish as each country has its own driving legislations, different conditions and different road signs. Where will it end? Will all roads in the EU end up looking the same? Will countries like Germany face having stringent speed limits like the rural roads of the UK? Who knows?

The Claim Solicitors hope is that a more standardised driving licence for most European countries will help clear the roads of illegal drivers and the need to renew the licence at intervals will keep rules and regulations fresh in drivers' minds. Above all, there is hope for a decrease in personal injury inducing road accidents and subsequent car accident compensation claims.

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