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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Driver's fines to rise

Moscow drivers be warned: the days of the 40-ruble traffic fines may soon be over.

The Supreme Soviet is to discuss a new legislative proposal to increase penalties by more than 80 times for driving violations throughout Russia.

Under the draft legislation, fines for drunk driving would increase to 5, 000 rubles, driving without a license would go up to 1, 200 rubles, and not stopping for a traffic officer would rise to 1, 000 rubles, according to Mikhail Safronov, spokesman for the main traffic inspection department of Russia.

The draft legislation also gives police - including Moscow's 5, 000 traffic inspectors, known as the GAI - the right to suspend licenses for three months if motorists are charged with driving through red lights, Safronov said.

However, he added that penalties for ignoring parking signs and crossing solid lines on the roads would not increase under the new proposal.

Contrary to earlier reports, Safronov said he believes the proposed increases - if voted into law - would not begin until July 1 "at the earliest".

Moscow's traffic inspectors earn 3, 500-4, 500 rubles a month, Safronov said.

While the Moscow city government spends at least 20 million rubles a year on salaries for traffic police, a city traffic spokesman, who did not want to be named, said the department does not keep statistics on how much the city collects in traffic fines.