Article 2 Users

by Mark Nolan

Road users are obliged to behave in such a way that they do not unduly interfere with movement or cause danger, unnecessary harm or inconvenience to people, or damage to property (article 9.1 of the articulated text).

“Do not unduly impede traffic”;  Remember that if you have an accident and there are no serious injuries or deaths and vehicles are able to move, you should do so if the vehicles are causing an obstruction and traffic is stopped for this reason. Obstructing traffic without justified reason is considered a serious offence.

Sometimes, after having an accident, drivers of the vehicles involved get out and start a discussion about who is the culprit of the accident, instead of putting on reflective vests, placing the warning signs (triangles) and moving the vehicles if possible. These three behaviours are classified as serious offences.

Please, in case of an accident, prevent the occupants from getting out of the car and walking on the road. If you leave the vehicle it should be to go to a safe area off the road. Remember that before moving the cars it is advisable to take some pictures of the accident from different perspectives, if possible.

Many people think that whenever there is an accident you have to call the police, but this is not always the case. If the cars do not hinder traffic, there are no serious injuries or deaths, it is clear who caused the accident and assumes responsibility, it will be enough to fill the relevant form in a friendly manner and deliver the copy to your insurance company; in this case it is not necessary to call to the police.

If the vehicles cannot move and you have to wait for the breakdown vehicle, please place warning triangles for the vehicle and wait outside the road.

“Users of the road”; With reference to traffic movement, it is necessary to distinguish between users of a vehicle (car, motorcycle, bicycle …) and users of public ways (pedestrians). All are considered users of the road, therefore they are subject to road safety law. A pedestrian is the person who, without being a driver, travels on foot along public roads. Pedestrians are also considered those who push any other vehicle of small dimensions without a motor or people with reduced mobility who use a wheelchair with or without a motor.

“Unnecessary inconvenience”; driving in a vehicle with a high volume of music, could be a reason for sanction since it can “cause unnecessary annoyance to people who live in nearby buildings”.

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