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Drivers face tougher penalties

DRIVERS will face more severe penalties next year under new regulations targeting reckless behavior such as speeding, drunk-driving and driving while overly tired, city police said yesterday.

National restrictions also will start on long-distance and school bus operators after a series of fatal accidents this year.

"The tougher regulation strengthens supervision, starting with driving schools and rookies," said Li Jiangping, a deputy director of the traffic department with the Ministry of Public Security.

Police officers who issue licenses will be held responsible if they issued a license to a new driver who is held responsible for a fatal crash within three years, said Li.

Dangerous behavior like improperly backing up a vehicle on the road or driving on the wrong lanes will cost drivers all their 12 license points.

Each driver has 12 points and their license is be suspended once those points are all deducted. Drivers must return to driving school and retake tests before getting their license back, according to traffic laws.

Overloading school buses by 20 percent or more or speeding by 50 percent or more will cost all 12 points, police said. Vehicles blocking school buses will lose six points.

"The new regulations also address some questions which have long confused both drivers and police due to unclear definitions," said Li Hui, a police officer.

The rule on yellow traffic lights is one. Vehicles that have passed the stop line painted on the road when the yellow light turns on can continue through the intersection, while those who have not should stop at once. Violators will be fined 20 yuan (US$3.21) to 200 yuan and have six points deducted.

Police also strengthen the penalties on vehicles running red lights. Drivers will have their 6 points deducted, up from current 3 points.

Drivers of passenger vehicles or those transporting dangerous goods who do not rest after four hours of continuous driving or rest less than 20 minutes will have all their license points deducted.


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