New driving regulations go into effect in Bulgaria

New driving regulations mandating drivers to have daylights on at all times went into effect in Bulgaria on August 7, local radio station Darik reported.

The new regulations are part of the amendments to the Road Traffic Act published in the State Gazette.

Until now, driving with daylights was only mandatory in winter, when weather conditions are generally poor, but the new regulations are meant to improve safety the year round.

The regulations have prompted some small-scale protests from drivers, who rallied against the changes.

The fine for driving without daylights is 50 leva (about 25 euro), with traffic police ready to ensure that the new regulations are observed from day one, chief commissioner Boiko Ranovski, of traffic police KAT, told Darik last week.

“We believe that using daylights throughout the year is one of the factors that can influence road safety. Some drivers are concerned that this will increase fuel consumption and while that is true, road safety is more important than fuel consumption,” Ranovski said.

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