Tougher traffic rules soon

According to the new amendments to the Traffic Safety Law, the maximum amount of alcohol in the blood for drivers has been reduced from 0.3 to 0.2‰. The amendments also stipulate higher penalties for speeding, while penalties for not wearing a seat belt have been doubled.

The amendments were adopted by the Serbian MPs today.

Stricter penalties are envisaged for violent drivers, as are the penalties for overtaking vehicles on the double line, and running through red light twice or more times in the space of 10 minutes. The penalty for having over 0.2‰ of alcohol in the blood while driving is now from 30 to 60 days in prison or community service from 240 to 360 hours in total, as well as 14 to 16 punitive points on your driver’s licence and nine-month-ban from driving.

The penalty for not wearing a seat belt is 10,000 dinars, instead of the previous 5,000. Children have to be strapped in the appropriate car seat or a booster seat, depending on the child’s age and height.

Fines have been reduced for certain traffic offences such as driving in the stop lane, or if the driver’s license has been expired for over six months, since this is now considered to be an omission that has nothing to do with driver’s  knowledge and driving skills.

Some traffic behaviours are no longer considered offences such as overtaking of bicycles, working machines, tractors, motorcycles, or off-road vehicles on a full line and under the conditions prescribed by law, as it was noticed that such vehicles can create long lines of vehicles behind them, particularly in the summer, which jeopardizes traffic safety.  

Amendments to the Law also stipulate tougher conditions for obtaining driver’s license. Now, young drivers will be allowed to drive a vehicle with an engine power of up to 80 kilowatts only if chaperoned, until it has been ascertained that they possess enough maturity and experience to drive stronger cars.

Also, tougher supervision measures are envisaged for driving instructors with the view of increasing the quality of training through a unique information system which will contain all the training data on the people learning how to drive, including audio and video recording of the driving test.

Video surveillance of vehicle technical inspections has been introduced too, which will be remotely monitored by the Interior Ministry.

(, 22.03.2018)

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