Stricter penalties for specific offenses and a major change are expected to be brought by the new Road Traffic Code that will be promoted by the relevant ministry.
“Road safety is strengthened and a new KOK is passed that will protect the users of the road network, limit the environmental footprint and support micro-mobility” said the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Christos Staikouras, speaking from the floor of the Parliament.
The important change
In particular, as has become known, with the new Road Traffic Code the vehicle is exonerated and the relevant penalties will apply to the driver who committed the violation.
As a result, monetary fines, revocation of the driver’s license and penalty points in the point system will still be provided for, but not revocation of the driving license and registration plates.
More severe penalties
In fact, the fines and penalties that will be imposed on drivers are expected to be heavy, especially for a category of violations of increased risk.
In particular, the new KOK will exhaust all its strictness on violations that can cause a serious accident, among which are the following:
- red light violation
- driving under the influence of alcohol
- abnormal overtaking
It is recalled that the National Road Safety Strategic Plan 2021-2030 envisages a reduction of deaths and serious injuries from road accidents by 50% by the end of the current decade.
No more “deleting” calls
Both the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, as well as the Ministry of Traffic, have decided that in order to achieve this specific goal, there will have to be changes in the status of calls that the Authorities confirm and the citizens’ sense of justice.
In particular, the aim is to stop the deletion of calls, as these will be verified and registered by electronic means, so that the driver knows that he is not going to avoid fines and penalties for his violations.
For this purpose, an Integrated Violation Management System will be set up, in the context of which a digital process will be implemented for the certification and collection of fines.
This will be as follows:
- Confirmation and registration of KOK violations by electronic means, in order to put an end to the cancellation of calls.
- Provision for the offense to be enforced in the absence of the driver (ie with cameras and radar) to be attributed to the owner of the vehicle.
- Possibility of electronic payment of the violation via e banking or ATM
- Confirmation of overdue debt to Taxisnet
- Immediate online information for drivers to record violations and penalty points they have accumulated in the point system.
Finally, the organization of a Violation Management Center which will be fully automated and connected to all the relevant databases will contribute towards this direction.