Changes to Fines for Speeding, Using Mobile Phones, & Other Traffic Laws

By , 17 Jul 2021, 09:19 AM Lifestyle
The old fines for exceeding the speed limit on the left, new ones on the right The old fines for exceeding the speed limit on the left, new ones on the right Twitter

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STA, 16 July 2021 - Fines for speeding offices are being reduced, while those for using a mobile phone while driving are being raised under amendments to the road traffic act passed by the National Assembly on Friday. The new law also regulates electric scooters.

The amendments introduce the possibility to turn right at a red light at crossroads with good visibility and elsewhere where this is possible. These crossroads are to be properly marked.

They set down conditions under which light motor vehicles such as electric wheelchairs, scooters and skateboards can be included in road traffic.

Those vehicles will have to be ridden on bicycle lanes or cycling paths, or where those are not available along the right edge of the roadway in settlements where the speed limit is 50 kilometres an hour.

The driver and passenger on electric scooters or skateboards will need to wear a helmet up to the age of 18.

Drivers overtaking cyclers, drivers of light motor vehicles or mopeds with speed capacity of up to 25 km/h will need to keep a 1.5 metre sideward distance from them.

The amendments also stiffen handling of drivers who ignore light or sound signals on priority vehicles and expand some powers of traffic wardens.

The amendments were passed by 46 votes to one.

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