Greek government considers to change the traffic fines and imposed them according to the income of the driver who causes an accident. Speaking to radio Sto Kokkino FM, Deputy Transport Minister, Nikos Mavraganis revealed the plan that traffic fines are imposed according to the financial status of the driver violating the Traffic Code.
Mavraganis said that the proposal was made during a meeting with members of the bipartisan parliamentary committee on road safety.
“It is obvious that people who are unemployed or with very low income could comply with the code with a fine 20, 30, 50 euros. The same amounts for someone with an income of over EUR 100,000 is insignificant … Fines are there to force offenders to comply but also to act as a prevention measure,” the minister said.
A second measure under consideration is that in case of traffic accidents with injuries the offenders spend time offering services to programs for people who have suffered injuries or disabilities after a traffic accident. The penalty could be “alternative or mandatory.”
“It is a penalty in form of deep humanitarian and consciousness-creating social service so that the person who caused an accident realizes that what he has done temporarily or permanently does harm a human life,” Mavraganis revealed.
The minister said that the first feedback on both propo0sals was positive.
It is not clear, whether the proposals were made before or after the fatal car crash with a speeding Porsche last Sunday.
PS Before changing the fines, the Greek government could better start a campaign about safe driving. ASAP. 24/7. Thousands of spots on TV. All day long. Until Greeks learn first of all to use the safety belt – and helmet on a heavy motorcycle ABC to start with.