People might start receiving some bad news in the post from now on as the Slovak police are starting to monitor traffic offences without stopping the culprits, instead sending fines by post to the owner of the vehicle and not necessarily the driver (unless car is reported stolen or the police determined the driver’s identity).
The new system of dealing with traffic offences was launched today in Trnava region, reports daily SME, with the Trencin and Banska Bystrica regions to be tested out from tomorrow, Wednesday 15 January. Basically, all over the country the police will be looking for cases of what they refer to as ‘objective liability’, so the fines do not relate solely to speeding offences.
The 8 main offences being monitored are as follows:
- ignoring a no through road sign
- illegal turning
- ignoring railway crossing warnings
- illegal stopping or parking
- ignoring no entry, no turning or one-way signs
- ignoring a Stop sign (including red lights) or Give way sign
- overweight vehicle
As a special incentive bonus, if you pay up the fine within 15 days, you get a one third discount, meaning you only have to pay two thirds of the stated fine.