The EU parliament recently approved a draft law allowing for the exchange of data relating to traffic offenders between EU member states. The draft law will allow data to be shared between EU countries on drivers who commit traffic offences to help ensure that drivers who commit offences while abroad in the EU can be penalised. The new law is aimed at ensuring equal treatment of drivers across the EU. The changes approved by the Parliament provide a new legal basis (transport safety) for the data to be exchanged, as a previous draft law covering this issue was rejected by the European Court of Justice for lack of a legal basis. The old directive did not apply in the UK, Ireland and Denmark, but the change in legal basis means that they must put the new one into effect in their national laws within two years of its entry into force.