Foreign reckless drivers should be expelled, the government proposes

trailer accidentPhoto: NYHETSTIPS.NO / NTB scanpix

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Foreigners with temporary residence permits who are punished for serious violations of the Road Traffic Act should be expelled, Justice Minister Monica Mæland suggests.

The proposal applies to drivers who have received unconditional jail sentences, which have posed a great danger to others, or have been punished for several offenses that could result in the loss of a driver’s license. Several cases of driving without a driver’s license should also lead to expulsion, according to Justice Minister Monica Mæland (Høyre/Conservative Party).

“In recent years we have seen a number of winter accidents due to foreign trucks with worn tires or summer tires. This has led to dangerous situations and unfortunately deaths. We need to stop this now,” she says.

Will weed out the worst
The proposal is supported by the Norwegian Truck Owners’ Association (Lastebileierforsbund), ABC News writes.

“We know of examples of foreign drivers who have been stopped with up to 40 unpaid speeding fines. Others have been driving repeatedly while under the influence of alcohol, or stopped for other types of crime,” says CEO Geir Mo of the Norwegian Truck Owners’ Association to ABC News.

He believes that several measures must be combined in order to weed out the worst drivers and the most dangerous trucks.

“Those who knowingly cheat must be punished. The number is not that great, but the ones in question pose a risk,” says Mo.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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