Traffic violation fines disproportionate to minimum wages in Armenia – ex-president

Traffic violation fines disproportionate to minimum wages in Armenia – ex-president

YEREVAN, June 24. /ARKA/. The second president of Armenia Robert Kocharyan says the fines for traffic rule violations are disproportionate to the minimum wages.

The minimum wages is set at 50,000 drams in the country as of January 1, 2014.

For instance, speeding fines in developed Germany is only 2.5-3% of the minimum wages, Kocharyan said. The principle used almost across Europe is to penalize the driver for the offence but not deprive him of his livelihood as it is done in Armenia, the ex-president said in his interview to Yerkir.am.

The ex-president also said it is unacceptable to have these fines going to private pockets, instead of being transferred to the state budget and being used for better security on the roads.

According to Kocharyan, it is the municipality who should deal with parking in the streets and the entire collection should go to the municipal budget and be used as required by the Council of Elders.

‘In fact, private companies are carrying out monopolized activities within municipal territory in our country and earn excess profits as they are not bound by antimonopoly laws’, Kocharyan said.

The ex-president said the formulae of the government-communities-private partnership should be revised and penalties paid by citizens should not go into private pockets.

On June 17 Armenia’s government approved the amendments to the law about administrative offences setting a fine of 1,000 drams only for each one to twenty kilometer-hour over the speed limit.

According to the current law, speeding fines are threefold of minimum wages for 15-30 km-hour over the speed limit, fivefold for 30-40km-hour over the limit, eightfold for 40-60km-hour and tenfold for 60km-hour and above in excess of the speed limit. ($1=409drams). –0--

10:45 24.06.2014

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