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Fines for driving 50 km per hour over the speed limit should be increased 6.5 times, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Herashchenko believes.

Speaking at a press conference in Kyiv on September 8, Herashchenko recalled that in July, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's Parliament, passed at first reading the relevant bill (No. 2695), an UNIAN correspondent reports.

"The bill provides for a 6.5-fold increase in fines for gross speeding. Today, anyone who has exceeded the speed limit by more than 50 kph pays only UAH 510. We have proposed a fine of UAH 3,400," he said.

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Amendments to fines for traffic violations

On July 13, the Verkhovna Rada adopted at first reading a draft law on amendments to some legislative acts strengthening liability for certain offenses in the field of road safety (No. 2695).

Read alsoDUI punishment to be toughened in UkraineThe bill proposes to establish that certain offenses committed in a state of alcoholic, narcotic or other intoxication or under the influence of drugs that reduce attention and reaction speed are punishable by imprisonment for a term of seven to 12 years with license stripping for a term of seven to 10 years.

It is also proposed to have driving more than 50 km per hour over the limit be punishable by a fine of 200 non-taxable minimum incomes (UAH 3,400, or US$122).

Traffic enforcement cameras

In the first 100 days since speed cameras started operating in Ukraine, not a single driver has succeeded in appealing the fine that has been levied.