2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
Nothing has been decided yet. But the collection of penalty points for traffic offenses could be simplified and thus reduce the risk of driving license revocation.
For traffic offenders, the system of collecting penalty points in the Flensburg card index and thus the risk of losing a driver's license could be defused. The Federal Ministry of Transport and the coalition's transport politicians now want to examine certain simplifications of this system. In the Union, for example, consideration is being given to erasing penalty points incurred, for example for violating speed limits, red-light offenses and using cell phones in the car after three instead of two years. The deletion should then take place regardless of whether new entries have been added in the meantime, reported the "Bild" newspaper.
Changed expiration dates
According to this, the expiry periods for alcohol and drug driving will increase to 6 years (previously 5) and for offenses in road traffic (e.g. driving without a driver's license) to 12 years (previously 10) years. So far, the expiry period for points in Flensburg for administrative offenses is only two years. This period is automatically extended by a further two years if a road user collects new points within the original expiry period.
As a result, repeat offenders can accumulate points over a longer period of time and possibly lose their driving license with a total of 18 points. In future, according to the Union's plans, each violation counts individually and points for different traffic sins no longer add up over years.
Kick-off from the traffic court day
The impetus for the simplifications comes - also for the Ministry of Transport - from the Traffic Court Day in Goslar in January. This was taken up by the two Union experts Gero Storjohann (CDU) and Andreas Scheuer (CSU). The group said that the discussion had not even reached the group's transport working group. Scheuer told the German Press Agency dpa: "You shouldn't punish someone for driving too fast almost two years ago and now being caught with a cell phone at the wheel - and only losing their driver's license because of this point offset."
The transport policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group, Uwe Beckmeyer, also spoke out in favor of more transparency and simplification of the system. "But you have to make sure that the seriousness of the respective crime is not trivialized by relaxing the system," he said. (dpa)