Numerous meetings between the Legal Services and the Ministry of Justice have been held over the last two days regarding new regulations for road traffic offenses.
Yesterday and the day before, officers of the Legal Services had meetings with officers of the Ministry of Justice to examine legal issues which where raised. A formula is sought to enable the police to confiscate vehicles when drivers are caught driving at high speeds or when drinking and driving, as well as the deprivation of driving licenses without a court order.
According to Fileleftheros Newspaper, it seems that the formula is in place (to empower police officers to withhold vehicles and temporarily withdraw driving licenses of offenders) under certain conditions.
The bill is expected to be submitted to the House of Representatives before the end of the year. Under the regulations suggested, all offenses related to serious infringements of the law are to be heavily penalised, with the aim of curbing road traffic incidents.
For speed, the fine of one euro per kilometer per hour and up to 2 penalty points is proposed to be increased to €5 per kilometer per hour and 4 penalty points. For offenders driving over 50% of the speed limit it is proposed to increase the fine to €5 per kilometer per hour as well as a penalty increase from 3 to 6. Offenders driving over 75% of the speed limit are currently being punished with an extra fine of €3 per kilometer per hour as well as 3-6 penalty points. It is proposed to increase the fine to to €5 per kilometer per hour as well as increase the penalty points from 4 to 8.
If a driver is arrested for speeding and drink driving or is under the influence of drugs, a sentence of imprisonment of up to 4 years or a fine of up to €15,000 is being proposed. In the event that the offence is repeated within a period of 3 years, the above penalties are doubled as well as the deprivation of the driving license from 2 to 12 months. Fines for driving without a helmet and seat belt are being increased from €85 to €300 plus 3 to 6 penalty points. The use of mobile phones while driving is being raised to €300 while 5-10 penalty points can also be imposed. For traffic light offenses, fines are being increased from €85 to €200 and the initial penalty points of 2 to 4 are being increased to 3 to 6. Parking in disabled parking spaces and sidewalks is being changed from €85 to €150.