Police have criticized a ruling by the Supreme Court on Monday morning that traffic police cannot revoke drivers' licenses for long periods of time based on their own interpretation of a driver's record. "The Licensing Authority cannot revoke a driver's license using its authority as defined by section 56 without clear and standard guidelines... Only after setting clear, practical and objective guidelines can the Authority exercise its control,” wrote Justice Salim Joubran.
A senior police official told Maariv, “The immediate significance of this decision is that it will return 'ticking bombs' to Israel's highways. It's absurd that people with 180 or 190 past traffic violations will be out on the roads.” Until this morning, the Licensing Authority could revoke a driver's license if he or she was "reckless or disturbed.”
Dozens of drivers who had many traffic violations on record were called in for hearings, and several lost their licenses for between three and ten years. The Tel Aviv District Court upheld the rulings, but two drivers continued their battle to the Supreme Court.