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Decree Law No. 102-B/2020


Publication: Republic Diary No. 238/2020, Series I of 2020-12-09
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 102-B/2020
  • Pages: 36-(2) a 36-(220)

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law makes some changes to the Highway Code and its complementary legislation.

What is going to change?

The following changes are highlighted:

    • The amount of fines for using a mobile phone while driving will increase from the current 120€ to 600€ to 250€ to 1250€. As this is a serious offence, it will also result in the loss of three points on the driving license;
    • It is forbidden for motor caravans or similar to park on public roads with occupants between 9 p.m. of one day and 7 a.m. of the following day (overnight stay), and it is also not allowed to park the vehicle occupying more space than its perimeter (parking) outside the places expressly authorized for this purpose. Fines vary between 60€ and 600€;
    • It is now mandatory to install and use protective arches in slow vehicles (tractors, agricultural or forestry and industrial machinery). Non-compliance leads to a fine ranging from 120 € to 600 €;
    • Electric scooters that reach a maximum speed of up to 25 km/hour or a maximum continuous power of up to 0.25 kW will be deemed equivalent to bicycles. Those that reach speeds above these limits are subject to fines ranging from 60 € and 300 €, if they circulate in disrespect of the respective technical characteristics and applicable circulation scheme;
    • Vehicles used for the specific training of drivers of police vehicles and vehicles intended for the provision of assistance or urgent services of public interest will now be covered by the rules on the use of special audible and luminous warning devices;
    • Drivers of non-characterised vehicles (EDVV) will be treated in the same way as taxis when it comes to penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol (above 0.20 grams/litre).

Enforcement is strengthened and the GNR, PSP, Maritime Police and municipalities are given the power to act off public roads and protected areas in situations of overnight stays and parking of motorhomes or caravans outside of the places authorised for this purpose.

Procedural simplification stands out with:

    • The possibility of using digital driving licences, to be defined by an administrative decree;
    • The possibility of presenting documents (namely, legal personal identification document, driving licence) in digital format;
    • Notifications in administrative offence proceedings to be accepted electronically, in the event of voluntary adherence to the single digital address;
    • The concentration of all vehicle categories on the driving license, allowing the elimination of licenses to drive tractors and agricultural or forestry machinery on public roads;
    • The possibility of drivers being able to get back the driving licences they have let expire, subject to taking exams or attending training courses.
What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law promotes road safety, with the aim of reducing the number of accidents. Drivers will also be able to get back the driving licences that have expired, by taking an examination or attending training courses.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law entered into force on 8 January 2021.

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