BEIRUT: Lebanon's Shura Council Tuesday annulled a Cabinet decision that had suspended the implementation of a long-awaited traffic law, putting the new rules into effect immediately.
The council decision came in response to a petition put forward by the association “Roads for Life” seeking to challenge a government decision dated Feb. 27, 2013, which provided for postponing the implementation of the new traffic law, the National News Agency said.
“The Shura Council has accepted the petition and declared that the decision is null and void on the grounds that the executive authorities had trespassed on the prerogatives of the legislative authorities,” NNA said.
The cancellation of the government decision opens the way for the immediate implementation of the new traffic law.
The long-awaited legislation for ending road safety violations replaces one from 1967. It imposes progressive fines and stricter punishments for violators.
The law stipulates the formation of a National Committee for Road Safety headed by the interior minister and a National Council for Road Safety led by the prime minister.
It also calls for the formation of a road unit with ISF that will work on improving enforcement of the law.
Under the new system, each driver begins with 12 points. Points are lost with violations, with the number lost determined by the seriousness of the violation and its dangerousness. Upon the loss of all points, a driver loses his driving license for six months.
The most severe offenses, which incur a prison sentence of one month to two years and fines from LL1 million to LL3 million, include exceeding the speed limit by 60 km/hour, driving without a license, and driving with a blood alcohol level of more than one gram per liter of blood.
Under the previous rules, speeding tickets were set at LL50,000, and those caught driving without a license simply had to pay a minimal fine.