Azerbaijan legalizes punitive measures against evasion of driving fines
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 1 / Trend M.Aliyev /
Drivers in Azerbaijan who fail to pay their fines on time will be penalized.
The Azerbaijani Parliament adopted a bill on amendments to Traffic Rules and the Administrative Violations Code.
Based on the amendments, a driver must pay off the fine at a bank within 30 working days of the enforcement of the new law.
If the penalty fee is not paid during this time, penalties will be assessed for each subsequent day in the amount of 2 percent of the amount of the fine.
If a driver avoids paying the penalty fee for two months, the court or the police may detain the vehicle of the individual who neglects to pay the fine.
The vehicle will be stopped by police and impounded.
Once the fines and penalties are paid off in full, including the cost of bringing the car to the parking lot and its keeping, the vehicle will be returned to the owner.
More severe penalties will be enforced if the fine(s) are not paid off within three months. For example, if a driver did not pay the fine during this period, the right to drive the vehicle will be limited for a period of six months.
Based on the amendments, the infringer who has paid the penalty within three working days will receive a ten percent discount from the fine.
During the debate, MP Elmira Akhundova said many laws have been amended previously, but there is a problem in their implementation.
Akhundova said that taxi drivers parking their cars in the wrong places and unresolved traffic movement gives rise to traffic jams.
MP Aydin Mirzazade said the changes made to the "Traffic Rules" should be applied in a more operational form.
"I would have suggested a 50 percent discount for the driver, if he pays the fine within a day" Mirzazade said.