Local authorities allowed to impose fines for light traffic offenses
Shortly, cities and municipalities will be allowed to impose administrative fines for speeding on places where speed is limited to 30 or 50 km/hour. It is one of the measures of the mobility decree voted in the Flemish Parliament.
Enforcement of small traffic offenses in 30 or 50 kph zones has always been a problem. Therefore, the Flemish government allows local authorities to punish small infringements through administrative fines, the so-called GAS fines (Gemeenstelijke Administratieve Sancties). The traffic offenses, however, need to be registered by an automatic camera.
Change in mentality
“The GAS fines have to bring in financial support for local authorities, and will hopefully lead up to a change in mentality,” says Bart Somers (Open Vld), Minister of Internal Administration.
Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), is happy with the measure. “This way, communes get the occasion to do something about traffic offenses on places where there is no control, like in residential areas or school surroundings.”
The GAS fine for small traffic offenses is only one of the several measures in the approved decree. The regional Mobility Plan will be reformed and replaced by a mobility vision in the long term. The retribution for charging points along the regional roads and highways will be abolished until at least 2025. It’s a kind of tax that’s often considered an obstacle for the installation of such points.