Controversial traffic law set to take effect Tuesday

Jordan

Published: 2023-09-11 13:23

Last Updated: 2024-05-25 17:32


Controversial traffic law set to take effect Tuesday
Controversial traffic law set to take effect Tuesday

The new traffic law set to take effect in Jordan on Tuesday has sparked controversy among Jordanians.

The hashtag "Amended Traffic Law" topped the list of trending hashtags in Jordan on X, formerly Twitter.

A user wrote: "Drivers who abide by traffic laws, will not be affected by the amendments."

Recently endorsed by a Royal Decree and published in the Official Gazette, the law's primary objective is to enhance road safety by imposing stricter penalties for hazardous violations that could lead to accidents, injuries, and even fatalities.

Among the most severe offenses is running a red light, as emphasized by the Public Security Directorate (PSD). Offenders may face imprisonment for a period ranging from one to two months, along with a fine between JD 200-300. For repeat offenses within a year, the penalties will be doubled.

The amended law also addresses the serious issue of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Those found guilty could face imprisonment for one to three months, a fine ranging from JD 250-500, or both. The presiding judge has discretion over whether to impose the prison sentence or the fine and may also opt to confiscate the driver’s license for a period of two months.

Additionally, using mobile phones while driving will incur a JD 50 fine.

Exceeding the speed limit by 50km/h could face imprisonment for one to three months, a JD 100 fine, or both. In the case of a repeated violation within a year, the fine will be doubled.

Reckless driving or operating a vehicle without a license plate will lead to imprisonment for one to two months and/or a fine ranging from JD 200-300. The presiding judge has the authority to impose both penalties and may additionally order the seizure of the motorist’s vehicle for a period ranging from one to 30 days.

Earlier, the PSD announced that, according to Article 38 of the amended Traffic Law, "pedestrians crossing the road in places not designated for that purpose, despite their availability," may face a fine of JD 15.