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Green light for new Traffic Code

THE SLOVAK parliament green-lighted a new Traffic Code aimed at boosting safety on roads and improving driver discipline on December 3, the SITA newswire reported.

THE SLOVAK parliament green-lighted a new Traffic Code aimed at boosting safety on roads and improving driver discipline on December 3, the SITA newswire reported.

The new legislation cuts the speed limit in towns and villages to 50km/h. It also requires year-round use of headlights and winter tyres for trucks and buses from November 15 to March 31. Children will be obliged to wear helmets when cycling.

Fines, which are stipulated in euros in the new law, have been raised. The basic fine will be €60. Sanctions for drink driving will be substantially higher. Should motorists refuse a breath test, they can be fined €300 to €1,300 and banned from driving for a period of one to five years. Drink-driving may cost motorists their driving licence for five years and a fine of €200 to €1,000.

The law increases the speed limit on highways and dual carriageways in municipalities to 90km/h. The speed limit on roads outside municipalities remains 90 km/h and the speed limit on highways will be 130km/h for cars and 100km/h for trucks. If there is a continuous layer of snow, ice or frost on the road, vehicles using such roads must be equipped with winter tyres. Making a telephone call during driving will be forbidden.

This is the second recent attempt to adopt a new Traffic Code.

In September, the Slovak Parliament failed to re-approve a bill which the president had vetoed and returned to lawmakers for review because it contained an unrelated legal amendment expanding the government’s right to expropriate private land for highway construction.

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