2018年04月16日

Fines to motorcyclists without a helmet or safety vest

The initiative has to with the measure that on Thursday announced the governments of the Nation and the City to apply greater controls to motorcyclists in order to avoid criminal acts, but implementing measures that in the past failed, as reflective vests, prohibit the circulation in certain areas and schedules and mandatory use of the helmet. It also provides fines of $ 5,200 for those who fail to comply with these conditions. Guilds and motorcycle associations continue to reject the measure as on other occasions.

The mayor of Buenos Aires was in charge of informing, on Thursday 09/03, the changes in the Traffic Law "to identify those who use the motorcycle for crime.” The announcement was made with the Security Minister of the Nation, Patricia Bull rich; and his transport pair, Guillermo Dietrich. The initiative would rule throughout the country in June.

Before this announcement, from the Trade Union Association of Motorcyclists, Messengers and Services (ASIMM) were against the initiative. "It is useless, this type of controls is useless, it is unnecessary, it discriminates and it is unconstitutional, they take it out by decree because it does not resist any debate and they are making water with insecurity. It also rules in the province but it is not fulfilled, they have no way of controlling it. "

"They will be as ridiculous as was (Daniel) Sicily in the province of Buenos Aires, this is the only thing that can lead to civil disobedience," they added.

It was the Minister of Security of Buenos Aires, also present in today's announcement, who in 2014 presented a bill in the Buenos Aires Legislature to expand the area of prohibition for the circulation of more than one person per motorcycle, to the entire City. Currently, it only applies to the microcenter, and stipulates the obligation to wear a reflective safety vest.

The initiative failed due to pressure in ASIMM, which brings together about 4500 members, in addition to lack of support from the Buenos Aires opposition. The project was based on another regulation, enacted in 2010, which prevents the circulation of more than one person on a motorcycle in the microcenter during banking hours. "In the same way, it is proposed that in the rest of the City the companions wear a reflective vest with the domain of the motorcycle printed on the back of the high visibility vest," added that rule.

Now, Rodriguez seeks to modify the Traffic Law in the Legislature. For this, the rule should be discussed in the Justice and Transit and Transportation commissions. The ruling party expects the discussion to take a couple of months before being sanctioned. From the Government they assure that, in the last years the thefts with motorcycles grew, reaching 60% of the crimes committed in some provinces. As motorcycles allow a quick escape, until now it was very difficult to recognize the authors. In addition, they maintain that the measure will influence the decrease in the accident rate because other vehicles will be able to recognize motorcycles at a distance.



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