“Possible Effects and Consequences of Not Fining Drivers for Some Offenses and Penalty Amnesty”
24.05.2018
11:00
Since May 23 RA Police is making amendments in the policy of traffic offenses administrative liability.

Namely guided by article 21 of Administrative Offense Code the offenders will be freed from administrative liability.

Meanwhile RA Police informs that they suggested the RA Ministry of Justice to mediate in the RA Government to come up with an initiative of adopting amnesty bill in the NA that will result in freezing the enforcement of 01.01.2012 to 31.12.201 administrative acts and penalties equaling 13,7 billion AMD will be cancelled.

During May 24 discussion at Media Center on “Not Fining Drivers for Some Offenses and Possible Effects and Consequences of Penalty Amnesty” Tigran Keyan, President of “Driver’s Friend” NGO noted that the approach of freeing drivers from administrative liability in case of revealing a number of administrative offenses through technical means should have been exercised long ago to avoid such a number of acts. The latter also added that approach will not significantly affect traffic regulation and safety.

“It will not affect traffic either positively or negatively. But it will have a positive effect on people’s social living standards. People will spend that amount on their families”.

Gagik Melikyan, lawyer, notes from his own experience that about 90% of applications from citizens demand that offenses be appealed and thus resulting court overload.

The number of senseless offense penalties was too big. For instance parking 5 meters from the zebra and such ones, that create overload for the administrative court with 98% acts relating to administrative offenses mostly of 5000 AMD.  

Christ Hovsepyan, President of “My Human Rights Defender” thinks that such offenses not being fined is on the whole a positive phenomenon, but there are offenses that can create collision situations. “For instance not turning on the side marker light or smoking while driving are sure causes of collision situations”.

As to cancelling 01.01.2012- 31.12.2017 penalties of 13,7 billion AMD the speakers approve of the government’s initiative.

Tigran Keyan thinks that amnesty enables drivers with years long debts to get rid of them. Meanwhile preventive means should be worked out to ensure safe traffic.

“There are a number of such events – changing the order of granting driving license, investing bonus system for instance in the insurance filed and so on. The drivers should be encouraged to not make offenses” notes the speaker and adds that the penalty amounts for a number of offenses should be returned.

Gagik Melikyan welcomes the initiative of amnesty but adds that there should be an article there to compensate for citizens’ expenses appealing their penalties in court.

“Those citizens who didn’t admit the offenses addressed to them before the amnesty and tried to defend their rights in courts and hired lawyers, who is going to compensate for their expenses? ”

Derenik Malkhasyan, Media Center Editor/Coordinator.

You can contact the author via derenikmalkhasian@gmail.com   

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