Increased fines, automatic detection of more traffic violations as new regulations kick in
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    Increased fines, automatic detection of more traffic violations as new regulations kick in

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    Belgian drivers will face harsher penalties for several traffic violations as new regulations kick in on July 1. Credit: © Belga
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    Unruly drivers will now face harsher penalties for driving offences and authorities will be able to automatically detect more traffic violations, as a new set of regulations comes into effect on Monday.

    Under the new regulations, a number of driving offences will now be considered more serious, driving up the amount of fines and in some cases more than doubling it.

    The fine for vehicles driving in the emergency stop strip will now face fines of up to €174, more than doubling the previous fine of €58, as the gravity of this infraction is ramped up by the new rules.

    Drivers and towing vehicles of up to 7.5 tons that take over another car on the highway while its raining will face a fine of €116 as opposed to €58.

    The hiked fine will also apply to buses, passenger coaches and other vehicles of over 3.5 tons who drive on the left lane of a three-way freeway.

    Drivers who remain in the middle lane after overtaking another vehicle will face a fine of €116, as under the new rules the infraction will be considered a second-degree offence.

    The new regulations will allow authorities to automatically detect vehicles driving against the flow of traffic, blocking a roundabout or found to be in violation of traffic signals or pavement markings.

    In addition to these infractions, all offences related to unruly overtaking of another vehicle have also been added to the list of violations capable of being detected by Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology.

    The Brussels Times