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07/07/2014

Lithuania tightening their drink driving regulations

On 26th June 2014 Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania adopted new amendments on Republic of Lithuania Law on Road Traffic Safety that has tightened drunk driving regulations.

New amendment introduced 0 g/l maximum permitted blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for novice drivers (drivers who have held a license for less than 2 years) and all drivers who drive light four-wheel, four-wheel, powerful four-wheel vehicles with a maximum mass exceeding 3.5 tones or with more than 9 seats or transporting dangerous goods. The 0 g/l limit will be adopted for mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and taxi drivers. By now novice drivers, motorcyclists and taxi drivers were allowed to have BAC limit of 0.2 g/l.

The legal standard BAC for professional drivers who have held their licence for more than two years does not change. It will remain 0.4 g/l.

This law will come into force on 1st January, 2015.

In 2013 8 percent of all reported road accidents were caused by drunk drivers. Drunk drivers caused 279 road accidents in 2013, slightly less than in 2012 (319 road accidents). Hopefully these new changes will lead towards greater ones in the future so that Lithuania could join The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia have zero tolerance law for all the drivers.