Traffic fines toughen up for 2004

6th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

6 January 2004, BRUSSELS – New road safety regulations come into effect in Belgium on 1 March following an announcement by Transport Minister Bert Anciaux Monday.

6 January 2004

BRUSSELS – New road safety regulations come into effect in Belgium on 1 March following an announcement by Transport Minister Bert Anciaux Monday.

For all first degree violations, such as parking on a pedestrian crossing or exceeding the speed limit by more than 10kph and less than 20kph, an automatic fine of EUR 150 will be enforced.

For a second degree violation, such as ignoring road priority, exceeding the speed limit by more than 20kph and less than 40kph, or fraudulent registration of a vehicle, an automatic fine of EUR 175 will be enforced.

For third degree violations, such as exceeding the speed limit by over 40kph or over 20kph in a 30kph zone, fines are to be increased to EUR 300.

If the violation is committed by a foreigner who is unable to pay the fine, his or her vehicle will be confiscated.  Belgian citizens will face court with the possibility of losing their driving licence if they are unable or unwilling to pay.

For less serious traffic violations, the standard fine of EUR 50 will remain.

By hitting offenders harder and quicker, the Department of Transport said it hopes to decrease the death toll on Belgium’s roads by 30 percent in 2006 and 50 percent by 2010.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Belgian news

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