Fines for Speeding to Go Up

A view of the traffic in Park Tzameret, in Tel Aviv. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Speeding and other moving violations will incur significantly heavier fines after the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee approved a Ministry of Transport request on Wednesday, Globes reported.

The new regime, to take effect in a month’s time, calls for raising the maximum traffic fine from 1,000 shekels to 1,500 shekels. The new fine will be imposed for going through a red light, driving 20–30 miles per hour above the speed limit on an urban road, and driving 30–40 over the limit on an interurban road.

In addition, the penalty for driving with a license that has been invalid for 4–24 months will be NIS 750, as opposed to merely receiving a court summons. Drivers failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians will find themselves faced with a 250 shekel fine.

Enforcement of regulations of electric bicycles will be made tougher, as well. For example, the current 100-shekel fine for riding while not sitting on the seat, transporting items with a bicycle, riding next to another vehicle, tailgating, not riding on the right side of the road, riding on the sidewalk, an absence of proper safety equipment, or not using lights will rise to 250 shekels for each infraction.