Car owners to be held accountable for traffic misdemeanours says Slovakia’s interior minister

Accountability for traffic misdemeanours should affect not only drivers but also car owners, Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic said at a joint press conference with his Hungarian counterpart Sándor Pinter on Monday, December 6, the TASR newswire wrote. Lipšic said that legislation dealing with this issue should be dealt with next year. Hungary already has such a law in place and this has helped to reduce the number of fatal car accidents, Pinter said. "The number of misdemeanours coming under this law has fallen significantly. All in all, there has been a 40-percent reduction," said Pinter as quoted by TASR. "This means that we'll be able to use permanently placed radar devices to measure speed. Car owners will be held accountable until it's demonstrated that they weren't driving the car because, for example, the car had been stolen," said Lipšic.

Accountability for traffic misdemeanours should affect not only drivers but also car owners, Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic said at a joint press conference with his Hungarian counterpart Sándor Pinter on Monday, December 6, the TASR newswire wrote.

Lipšic said that legislation dealing with this issue should be dealt with next year. Hungary already has such a law in place and this has helped to reduce the number of fatal car accidents, Pinter said. "The number of misdemeanours coming under this law has fallen significantly. All in all, there has been a 40-percent reduction," said Pinter as quoted by TASR.

"This means that we'll be able to use permanently placed radar devices to measure speed. Car owners will be held accountable until it's demonstrated that they weren't driving the car because, for example, the car had been stolen," said Lipšic.

The two ministers also discussed Hungary's priorities when it assumes the EU presidency in January. The joint priorities of Slovakia and Hungary are combating corruption and organised crime, road safety and cooperation in tackling the effects of natural disasters, said Lipšic.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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