Transport ministry preparing tough new road law


The Czech transport Ministry is preparing a series of tough amendments to the road law. Tailored according to similar legislation in the Netherlands, the bill includes tougher sanctions for practically all transgressions according to the existing points system, fines issued according to the driver’s income and a total ban on the use of cell phones, even with a hands-free device. Critics say the latter goes too far and that in most cases it will be impossible to prove to drivers that they were on the phone, but the ministry is standing behind its proposal saying that using a phone while driving is as dangerous to road safety as alcohol. The plan is aimed at radically improving safety on Czech roads which are considered to be one of the most dangerous in Europe.