Internal Affairs Minister wants new Traffic Code to take effect sooner


Radu Stroe, Minister of Internal Affairs (MAI), stated yesterday that the large number of accidents which have occurred during the winter holidays is an indicator that “drivers are undisciplined and are driving recklessly,” which is why the new Traffic Code, currently under parliamentary debate, should take effect sooner.
Stroe said that considering 44 people died in road accidents over the holidays and 200 people were injured, “we have to tackle the issue of the famous ordinance again, namely the Traffic Code.” “2,483 Road Police actions were organized over the holidays, resulting in 2,351 suspended licenses and RON 9.6 million collected in fines, which shows drives are undisciplined and are driving recklessly,” Radu Stroe told a press conference, Mediafax informs.
The Minister added the possibility of resuming Traffic Code discussions aimed at finding ways to speed up the enforcement of the project is being taken into consideration at MAI level.
“The bill is obviously in the Parliament and the Parliament holds sovereignty, but current realities force us to resume this discussion with government officials, with Mr. Prime Minister, and find a way to accelerate the project’s parliamentary procedure without giving tasks to the Parliament, or explore other options. We’ll see,” Radu Stroe stated further.
On October 16, Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced the new Traffic Code bill draft was being submitted to parliamentary debate as part of a “joint assumption” plan. The new Traffic Code bill draft was subsequently included on the government session agenda for October 16 in the form of an emergency ordinance. Emergency ordinances are also submitted to parliamentary debate, but they go into effect before the parliamentary response which enables further amendments, as opposed to bill drafts, which can only take effect after they have been approved by the Parliament and promulgated by the President.
The Government has postponed the adoption of the new Traffic Code twice in order to clarify technical aspects related to the single account in which all amounts collected from fines for contraventions and infractions are to be deposited.

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