Driving Without a License Could Soon be Resolved by a Fine

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Driving without a license might just get you a Fine
Driving without a license might just get you a Fine
A gendarme in Villars-sous-Ecot July 26, 2012 – Sebastien Bozon AFP

A bill will be presented Friday by the Minister of Justice, reports “La Croix” …

Driving without a driving license may soon no longer be a crime, but be settled with a simple Fine. This is the meaning of a bill to be presented by the Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira at the Council of Ministers on July 31, reports La Croix Thursday.

Currently, by driving without a license will result with you appearing in front of the judge, and is punishable by one year imprisonment and 15,000 euros fine. According to this bill, the driver unlicensed or uninsured will pay a fine of 500 euros (minus 400 euros if paid within 15 days, plus 750 euros beyond 45 days) the newspaper said.

Limited impact

In the case of repeated cases, or if there are aggravating circumstances, the driver will continue to go before the judge and sentence will be doubled compared to the current legislation.

The Department of Justice justifies this particular text as “a faster and more systematic punishment” and an “automatic repression.” However, according to a study cited by the daily, this reform should have a limited impact on congestion of French justice, releasing only 10 judicial positions in 8000.

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