The regulations will come into force from January 2, 2021; however, some restrictions such as the changes to urban speed will not take effect for around six months allowing motorists to become accustomed to the new changes.

The new legislation aims to increase safety behind the wheel, which includes the following measures.

Mobile Phones

  • The new regulation will mean that the deduction in points will increase from the current three to six points for those who are found to be using a mobile device while driving.

Seat Belts, Child Restraints and Helmets

  • Those who do not wear a seat belt, helmet, or do not use an appropriate child restraint system will see a four-point reduction from their licence points, up from the current three points.

Radar Detection Equipment

  • Those found to be using radar detection devices will now be fined 500 Euros and the loss of three driving licence points.

Speed Limits When Overtaking

  • The new reforms determine that when overtaking, the speed limit on conventional roads must not be exceeded by more than 20 km/h.

New Speed Restrictions For Urban Roads

  • On roads that have a single lane and pavement/sidewalk, the limit will be 20 km/h.
  • On roads with a single lane in each direction, the limit will be 30 km/h.
  • On roads with two lanes per direction, the limit will remain at 50 km/h.

Driving Test Fraud

  • Those found to be committing driving test fraud and using unauthorised intercom devices will now receive a 500 Euro fine and a penalty of six months before they can attend another driving exam.
  • Drivers can recover two points by attending a road safety course
  • Drivers will be able to recover two lost driving licence points if they complete a road safety driving course as certified by the General Directorate of Traffic.

Lower Age Limit To Drive Trucks and Coaches

  • Under the new regulations, the age to drive trucks will be reduced to 18 years after having passed the 280-hour Certificate of
  • Professional Aptitude (CAP). The previous age to drive such vehicles was 21 years.
  • 18-year-olds will also be permitted to drive coaches, but without passengers and within a maximum radius of 50 km.
  • From 21 years, they will be able to drive a coach with passengers but will need to complete the 280-hour CAP.

Personal Mobility Vehicles

  • These vehicles will no longer be able to circulate on sidewalks and pedestrian areas as well as interurban roads, crossings, highways, urban highways and urban tunnels.
  • Also, these types of vehicles will have to comply with traffic regulations and will have to have a certificate of circulation to certify that they meet technical requirements.
  • The rules are excluded for those who use such vehicles due to reduced mobility.

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