YEREVAN, February 26. / ARKA /. Nikol Pashinyan, a minority MP from the opposition Armenian National Congress, advocated today the removal of roadside speed cameras and an investigation to identify corruption risks in collecting fines for speeding and other traffic breaches.
Speaking at a parliamentary Q&A session he said he possesses sufficient information and is going to employ his powers of an elected lawmaker to carry out a relating investigation ‘because huge corruption in this area is obvious.’
He argued that installment of roadside speed cameras did not cut the number of traffic accidents having increased only the amount of imposed fines on motorists.
He said the amount of fines in 2012 grew to 7.5 billion drams from 3 billion in 2011 before the installment of speed cameras. In 2013 the amount rose further to 11.3 billion drams. He said in 2011 some 679,978 traffic breaches were reported.
In 2013 their number grew to around 1.3 million. He said these fines have become ‘an unbearable burden’ for citizens amid overall prices hike and enforcement of funded pension system.
In retaliation, justice minister Hrayr Tovmasyan said 500 million drams of the amount were used last year to buy apartments for army servicemen, 310 million drams were spent on postal services, 373 million drams were used to buy means of communication 20 million drams were used to insure cars , 380 million drams were used on purchase of equipment, 461 million drams were used to buy equipment for printing driving licenses, 830 million drams were used on installment of road signs and 296 million drams were used for purchase of vehicles and for other purposes. -0-