According to the text approved by the Member States – and which has yet to be formally adopted by the EU and the European Parliament – at the age of 17, holders of a driving license “can only drive if accompanied by a person, sitting on the seat next to the driver and who is capable of providing guidance”
The companion must be at least 24 years old and have had a driving license for five or more years.
Newly registered drivers will also have a period of at least two years of 'zero tolerance' for driving under the influence of alcohol, and sanctions must also be set in case of drug abuse.
Member States should also start issuing digital driving licenses.
With regard to changes to EU rules on road safety, Member States propose that three more offenses be added to the same: failure to comply with the rules relating to vehicle access restrictions, the offense of absconding and failure to comply with the rules applicable in level crossings.
In the case of a road traffic offense committed by a driver in another Member State, both the road traffic offense notification and follow-up documents must be sent in the language of the vehicle's registration document.
On the other hand, where the road traffic offense notification and other follow-up communications are sent in a language that the recipient does not understand, the person concerned should be allowed to request the follow-up documents in a different official EU language of their choice, distinct from the language of the vehicle registration document.