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December 9, 2022

New traffic code approved by the government as bill draft and sent to Parliament

PM Ponta announced yesterday that the new traffic code would be sent to Parliament to be “jointly taken responsibility for.”
Official sources have stated that the new traffic code was approved yesterday by the government as a bill draft and it was sent for debate in the Parliament. It is scheduled to take effect only upon approval by the MPs.
Prior to yesterday, Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced that the bill draft for the new traffic code would be sent for debate in the Parliament in order to be “jointly taken responsibility for,” after the government had analyzed the option of adopting the new code by emergency ordinance only, for a more rapid implementation, without waiting for the Parliament’s approval.

“Today, we are sending the traffic code in the Parliament. I wish to see everyone become involved; I do not want it to be ‘Stroe and Ponta’s code’ and everyone else to be against it. I would like all of us to take responsibility for the essential issues that need to be resolved as soon as possible: improved road safety, harsher sanctions for lawbreakers, and the actual application of sanctions, because sanctions are useless if they are not applied. I am convinced that responsibility will be taken jointly very soon, or else me and Mr. Stroe, to whom I have discussed, will be the only one taking responsibility; we will be the bad guys and everyone else will be the good guys, although I think we all have a common interest in making streets safer and ensuring that penalties are applied, and I want to believe the Parliament will help us in this respect,” Ponta said during the government session.

On the agenda for yesterday’s meeting, the new traffic code draft was once again registered as an emergency ordinance. Emergency ordinances are usually sent for debate in the Parliament, but they can also be implemented before Parliamentary approval, when they can be modified, as opposed to bill drafts, which are only implemented after they have been approved by the Parliament and promulgated by the president.

One week ago, the government had postponed the adoption of the new traffic code for the second time, in order to clarify several technical details related to constituting the sole account in which all amounts collected from fines for road traffic violations and infractions are to be transferred.

Saturday, when asked if the new code is likely to be adopted this week, PM Victor Ponta replied that the document’s adoption will “depend on the technical implementation solution.”

He also pointed out that the new traffic code’s effects on lowering the number of accidents would be analyzed after a certain amount of time, namely several months, one or two years, after which potential improvements would be brought.

According to the latest changes, the amounts collected from fines for road regulation violations will be transferred into a treasury sole account verified by the police, and the money will be subsequently sent to town halls. Driver’s licenses will be suspended if the fines are not paid.

Drivers who do not pay fines for road traffic violations will be notified by the police within 30 or 25 days that their dirver’s license will be suspended in the following 15 days.

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