Key changes in Traffic Law coming into effect on November 1
The revised traffic laws approved in August by Cabinet will be coming into effect on November 1. Authorities made amendments to the existing regulation to reduce traffic accidents caused by speeding, strengthen protection for pedestrians, prevent children from being involved in road accidents, and ensure traffic safety for people living with disabilities, and reduce traffic congestion.
Key changes to the laws not only concern automobiles and drivers but pedestrians also:
» Pedestrians are prohibited from talking on the phone, wearing headphones, reading newspapers or books, or engaging in activities which distract from the surrounding environment when crossing the road.
» Drivers must stop at crosswalks for any pedestrians crossing and about to cross.
» Overtaking is prohibited within residential areas.
» Leaving a child under the age of seven unattended in a vehicle is prohibited.
» A car seat must be used for children under the age of 10 depending on weight and height.
» A walking stick for a person with disabilities must have a safety reflector.
» An exception has been added to the article prohibiting vehicles from using certain lanes. It now allows vehicles with the handicap marking. No Entry, No Motor Vehicles, and Controlled Parking Zone signs do not apply to vehicles with handicap marking.
In addition to these changes, a square box has been painted at several intersections, which prohibit vehicles from entering the intersection if the road is congested.