Harsher penalties to be issued for driving offences
(PFM) Drivers who commit motoring offences will face harsher penalties in Luxembourg from Monday, June 1, when a new point system scale is introduced.
Among the main changes, some infractions will come with a higher fine or increased loss of points, such as driving under the influence of alcohol (drugs, prescription drugs), excessive speeding, not wearing a seat belt, motorcyclists not wearing their helmets or poorly installed infant car seats.
Penalty points for the first time
Motorists caught committing other offences will for the first time have two points deducted from their licence.
This will be the case for speeding (when more than 50 per cent and 40 km/h of the speed limit have been exceeded), driving the wrong way, not respecting the safe driving distance and the use of mobile phones (without hands-free kits) and even tablets while driving. Previously, driving while using a phone was subject to a 74-euro fine. In addition to the loss of points, motorists will also have to pay a 145-euro fine.
Excessive speeding, drunk driving (above a blood-alcohol content of 1,2), driving under the influence of drugs and prescription drugs, as well as refusing to submit a drug or alcohol test, will see result in drivers losing six points, up from four.
Regular speeding (when more than 50 per cent and 40 km/h of the speed limit have been transgressed) and drunk driving (blood-alcohol content of more than 0.8 and less than 1.2) will now cost four points instead of two.
Driving the wrong way and not respecting the safe driving distance will cost two points, with the latter also costing 145 euros, instead of 74 euros.
2 points and fine
For the following infractions, motorists will lose twopoints and pay a 145-euro fine: not wearing a seat belt, poorly installed infant car seats, motorcyclists not wearing their helmets and using a mobile phone or tablet while driving.
Since the introduction of the penalty point system in November 2002, 594,659 points have been taken away from drivers, 2,506 of which have since lost the total of their points (until December 31 2014).
Almost half of these infractions were related to alcohol, while almost a fourth were due to speeding.
Getting points reinstated
The penalty points licence in which drivers start with 12 points, applies to all drivers in Luxembourg, resident and non-resident. Once drivers have lost their 12 points, their licence is suspended for 12 months.
Suspension means a full driving ban. Points are reinstated after three years provided the driver commits no further offence subject to penalty points during that period and the driver attends a five-day awareness and safe driving course.
Drivers participating in a one-day training exercise can also earn back three points (maximum once every three years).
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