Russian drivers are no longer fined for exceeding the average speed
The traffic police stopped fining drivers for exceeding the average speed. The Prosecutor General’s Office informed the President of the Moscow Collegium of Legal Protection of Car Owners Viktor Travin about this. The same follows from the response of the traffic police to the request of Kommersant.
How long ago the police stopped issuing fines for exceeding the average speed and for what reason, the traffic police did not explain. According to Kommersant, in Moscow, such fines have not been imposed since August 2021, in the Moscow region – from May-June.
Average speed measurement was introduced in Russia in 2013. It was usually recorded using two cameras located at a distance of several kilometers from each other. This is how about a thousand road complexes in the country worked. Depending on how much the speed was exceeded, drivers received a fine from 500 rubles to five thousand rubles.
The technology for measuring the average speed was actively used in Tatarstan, Smolensk and Moscow regions. It made it possible to reduce the accident rate on highways, the Ministry of Internal Affairs argued. But the imposition of fines for this violation was criticized – in particular, due to the absence of the concept of “average speed” in the traffic rules. Some drivers have succeeded in canceling such fines in court.
In the summer of 2021, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Justice were working on the issue of legislative consolidation of administrative responsibility for exceeding the average speed. According to Kommersant, this work was carried out on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin. Why fines for exceeding the average speed were never legalized in the end is unknown.