Violating drivers will be punished less severely in the future. Following the National, the Council of States agreed Tuesday to abolish the minimum one-year prison sentence for driver offenses and reduce the minimum length of license withdrawal.
No senator opposed the lifting of the minimum sentence of one year in prison. Drivers may, in the future, also be punished with a simple fine. The maximum sentence of four years in prison remains.
Reducing the minimum duration of license withdrawal was discussed further. Currently, it is 24 months. The Federal Council proposes to lower it to 12 months. The senators followed.
“Judges and authorities will thus have greater room for manoeuvre”, argued Thierry Burkart (PLR/AG). And the committee’s rapporteur insists: “It is not a question of weakening security, but of a measured application”. Some drivers unknowingly commit driving violations and are massively punished, he recalled.
For similar reasons, Hansjörg Knecht (UDC/AG) would like to further reduce the minimum duration to just six months. “Many people just need to have a driver’s license, for example, to go to work.” A removal of your twelve month blue can destroy stocks.
Losing a partner or a child to a driver is also destructive, Transport Minister Simonetta Sommaruga told him. “A twelve-month withdrawal is quite measured.” Only the SVP followed Hansjörg Knecht.
The left, united by some senators from the PLR and the Center, has been trying to tighten the screw a little more for certain infractions. While a 12-month withdrawal is sufficient for drivers who commit particularly serious speeding infractions or reckless overtaking, sprinters who do not respect other road users or participate in an illegal speed race should have their blues withdrawn longer.
His proposal, however, was considered too complicated. It would not bring any added value, said Simonetta Sommaruga.
Attenuated penalty for the police
Penalties will also be reduced for paramedics, firefighters and police officers who have accelerated on duty. Only the appropriate speed difference will be taken into account in determining the penalty.
A driver will also not have to take road education courses after the license is withdrawn. Crazy drivers will not be forced to drive a vehicle equipped with a data recorder, and people pinched in a drunken state a car with an alcohol ignition interlock device. These measures, not yet in force, are outside the law.
Helmet remains optional
Circuit racing will be allowed for both electric championships and traditional competitions. The Council of States followed by 27 votes against 15 the National. On the other hand, it does not want to decriminalize public warnings about roadside checks, as MEPs want.
Motorcycles and other two-wheeled motor vehicles have no place on the sidewalk. Senators also reject this addition of the House of the People. On the other hand, they follow by 29 votes against 13 on the bicycle helmet. It is not a matter of imposing it on young people up to the age of 16.
Simonetta Sommaruga once again pleaded for the introduction of such an obligation. “It’s an effective, very simple and inexpensive measure that can prevent serious injuries.” And the minister recalled that head injuries often have long-term, even life-long consequences, both for victims and those around them. Unsuccessfully.
Rules for automated driving
The revision also regulates the conditions for the integration of automated vehicles in road traffic. In particular, it is about determining to what extent drivers can be exempted from their obligations and in what context driverless vehicles traveling on pre-defined sections can be admitted.
In the general vote, the project was approved unanimously. He returns to the People’s Chamber.
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