It says that until the Directive, which gives European fleets greater insurance protection when their vehicles operate abroad, is properly applied throughout the EU, drivers from one member state involved in an accident with a car registered and insured in another will still face serious difficulties in claiming compensation quickly.
The countries affected are France, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland and Portugal. The Directive should have been implemented in those countries last July.
Under the Directive, member states are also required to:
The Commission has also sent a formal request to Portugal to bring its legislation into line with the Second Motor Insurance Directive so traffic accident victims can be compensated up to a minimum level.
The main purpose of the Second Motor Insurance Directive is to guarantee accident victims adequate compensation irrespective of the member state in which the accident happens.