Special working group to look into legitimacy of penalties for traffic violations – premier
YEREVAN, March 28. /ARKA/. A special working group will examine legitimacy of penalties for violations of the traffic rules, Armenia’s premier Tigran Sargsyan said at a government meeting Thursday.
The group will be supervising the ministry of justice and will include all involved parties, including NGOs and actuaries to report to the public about most wide-spread violations and penalties, as well as to prepare legislation changes, Sargsyan said.
The Minister of Justice Hrayr Tovmasyan said the group may be set up already within 1-2 months or 2.5 months, if legislation changes are considered.
“I believe we will have answers to all questions in 2-2.5 months”, Tovmasyan said.
The minister told reporters a lot of complaints are received from citizens about disproportionate penalties and a need for more flexible administrative liability and elimination of artificial restrictions.
According to the minister, the Administrative Code should be revised to envisage only warning for some offenses and stricter penalties for some others.
The statistics shows most part of car accidents occur when drivers smoke or talk on the phone, which means penalties for these cases should be increased, Tovmasyan said. Increasing the penalties may help also in case with transportation of children in cars with no child safety seats, he added.
Another matter to be examined is location of traffic signs as many drivers claim violations are unavoidable in some places due to improperly located traffic signs, the minister said.
According to Tovmasyan, the working group may also consider possible alternate ways of liability and community service in particular. “It cost some people nothing to pay the penalties, but community service, cleaning the streets for instance, may be an efficient tool making them not to violate in future”, the minister said. –0--