Observers Raise Concerns Over New, Higher Traffic Fines During Downturn

New, higher fines for traffic violations and stricter enforcement by authorities will place undue strain on motorists who are already losing income due to the pandemic-related economic downturn, civil society members and other observers said this week.

New traffic fines went into effect on Friday, along with heightened enforcement by police, after the government passed a sub-decree in March that increased fines by up to five times their previous rates in what officials say is an effort to reduce rising roadway casualties.

Under the new laws, drivers also need to carry their driver’s license, vehicle registration card and annual vehicle inspection document any time they are operating their vehicle, or face a fine.

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