The official state bulletin relating to the new road traffic act

The official state bulletin relating to the new road traffic act has been published on Tuesday the 8th of April, 2014.

The new act therefore comes into force one month and one day from the publication, and as such, the laws become applicable on the 9th of May, 2014.

There are numerous changes to the laws, including the mandatory wearing of crash helmets for cyclist under 16, children are not allowed to travel in the front seats of vehicles, although there are one or two exceptions, and a vehicle can be immobilised if children are not properly restrained.

Radar speed detectors are prohibited, with the exception of those that relay the information on static cameras, as published on the website of the Dgt traffic department.

Traffic police will no longer have to stop a vehicle caught breaking the law and can issue a sanction remotely, although the time in which the fine can be appealed or paid at a reduced rate has been increased.

A new level of laws to protect against drivers under the influence of drugs has been included, although the fine for drink driving will remain the same, at 500 euro, unless caught twice within a year.

For more details, you can read our previous article, and the advice is to consult a qualified solicitor if you have any questions relating to the matters which will become law in May.

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