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  Cheshvan 16, 5772 , 13/11/11

C'tee Won't Double Traffic Fines

Chairman Carmel Shama-Hacohen of the Knesset Economics Committee said, Sunday evening, that the committee will not approve a doubling of fines for traffic offenses. He said "The committee is not a rubber stamp of the Transportation Ministry, especially when it is given regulations to multiply fines in a sweeping way, as much as five times from what they are today, without any distinction between normal drivers and traffic offenders with records."

He added, "A fine is not an alternative for a tax and traffic fines are not designed to milk the public, but to deter and punish." He said he would propose that the committee reject the ministry's proposal and return it with a suggestion that the fines remain the same for drivers who have not had a moving violation in three years and to raise the fines beyond the ministry's recommendations for drivers who have other violations during the same period.

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