Anyone entering a level crossing when traffic is obstructed and at such a real risk that they will have to stop at that level crossing will soon face a fine of 160 to 2,000 euros. On Tuesday, the parliamentary committee on mobility approved a proposal by Marianne Verhaert (Open VLD) to increase the fine for this type of violation.
Entering a level crossing in the event of an obstacle to traffic is still a first degree offense, the lowest category of the highway code. “It can give the wrong signal. People think that ‘it is not that bad’ and are not always aware of the consequences that entering a railroad can have, ”says Verhaert.
With the bill approved, Verhaert and the rest of the committee want to increase the fines. For example, the offense would fall into the second category, which means that it concerns an offense that could directly endanger the safety of persons. “The police can carry out more checks on this, there will be a change in behavior more quickly and the safety on the railways itself will improve,” says Verhaert. A fine in the second category is between 160 and 2,000 euros.
The Open VLD politician recalls that ignoring a red light at a level crossing or a slalom between closed barriers is a fourth degree violation, with a fine of 320 to 4,000 euros, with withdrawal of the 8-day driving license up to 5 years.