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Defunct stipulations must be scrapped from the law

Even though the review of the traffic code has been a point of contrition for several years now, any changes so far have been related to traffic fines and have reached Parliament in the form of amendments. Now is the first time the review will be in the form of a complete draft bill. «This is why,» explains Stathakis, «we have to isolate the violations that ‘kill’ (such as running a red light, making U-turns on major highways, driving under the influence of alcohol, insufficient warning signs and lights at roadworks – which currently carries a prison sentence of six months – and covering road signs and traffic lights with billboards and other advertising material), and there the government must show zero tolerance. At the same time,» continues Stathakis, «defunct laws have to be removed from the code. For example, Article 13 stipulates that any vehicle in motion must have a driver, but it does not clarify how high a fine a car driving itself ought to pay… Furthermore, the law says that herds of livestock must have lights placed at the beginning and the end of the herd at night, and that bicycle riders must have a special permit. Let us also note here that the fine for a bicycle rider without a permit is equal to that imposed on the owner of a farming tractor with worn tires.»