May 27, 2011 11:33
Those caught driving under the influence three or more times will be banned from driving for a living. The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs on Thursday released the finalized plan for national transport safety for this year.
Under the new plan, those caught driving drunk three times will not be allowed to drive buses or taxis. Last year, bus and taxi drivers caused 1,353 accidents while under influence, killing 28 people.
A new punishment for speeding will also be introduced. Those caught driving 60 km/h faster than the speed limit will face a fine of W120,000 and 60 penalty points. Currently the highest penalty is a W90,000 fine and 30 points for going more than 40 km/h over the limit.
Also, areas near nursing homes and city parks will be designated as senior citizen protection zones with a maximum speed of 30 km/h.
For the limit on professional driving, the ministry plans to revise the relevant law within this year, while the bill on the speed limit change will be submitted to the National Police Commission next month.
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