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Punishments for road traffic violations to be changed

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The fine for driving an unregistered vehicle will be increased from 20 to 40-100 LVL. This is provided by amendments to the Latvian Code of Administrative Violations approved by the Saeima’s Judicial Commission on Wednesday, November 21.

The obligation to register a vehicle is often overlooked, causing difficulties to the vehicle’s previous owners. Such practice is, unfortunately, a common method of avoiding fines for road traffic violations.

Also, the amendments provide for smaller fines for not following the secondary traffic signal. It is planned to make motorcycle drivers pay a 5 LVL fine, for drivers of other vehicles – 20-40 LVL. Seaima’s Press service informs BNN.

Fines for driving a vehicle with an insufficient tire tread depth are planned to be equal for all vehicles, not just those in use for commercial transport, as it is now. It is planned to set the fine for this kind of violation to 10-40 LVL, for the person responsible for the vehicle’s use – 40-100 LVL, for legal persons – 50-500 LVL.

It should be added that those amendments provide for a wider use of prohibition to take specific posts in commercial associations. This sanction will be introduced in relation to officials that have committed serious violations.

According to the draft law, this additional punishment will be allowed to be used for hiding or fabricating information, not reporting dangerous accidents that occur in national economy, radiation safety regulation violations, violation of specific construction regulations, repeated violations in tourist service provision, tax avoidance and in a number of other cases.

The project also includes a number of innovations to increase the pressure on tax avoiders. Punishment for not installing a cash register will be set at 100-1000 LVL for legal persons, for individuals – 100-500 LVL. The sanction is not yet differentiated and its amount is 100-150 LVL.

There will also be a fine for altering a cash register’s or any other electronic device’s construction or software: the fine is expected to be set at 1000-3000 LVL. The use of this kind of cash register is expected to be set at 150-1000 LVL for individuals, for legal persons – 300-3000 LVL.

It is planned that these and other changes to the Administrative Code will become in force on January 1, 2013.

The Seaima will also review this project in its third reading.

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