REFORM Implements a Round-Table Session on the Administrative Impoundment of Vehicles

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development - REFORM has implemented a round-table session to discuss the legal repercussions of the law that allows the administrative impoundment of vehicles, as well as other ways of amending the Traffic Law 2000 to include additional cases where sanctions that would protect the safety of citizens are required. Moreover, this session aimed at highlighting the necessity of abiding by morals and ethics through raising the awareness of participants.

The session was implemented in the presence of Mr. Mohammad Hamdan, the Spokesman of the Ministry of Transport and Communications; Mr. Mansour Daraghmeh, the General Director of Traffic in Ramallah; Mr. Ashraf Al – Hayyah, The Legal Advisor of Al-Haq Foundation; and a number of human rights and social activists.

Hamdan asserted that this law will have a positive effect in achieving citizens’ compliance with the laws in force, and that the issuance of the law is consistent with the provisions stated in The Law of Traffic 2000 and with the constitutional authorities of the Council of Ministers as stated in the article (70) which allows the council of ministers to issue rules and regulations and take the appropriate measures to ensure the implementation of these laws.

Hamdan also stated: “the impoundment law that was approved by the Council of Ministers gives the discretion to the traffic police to impound vehicles and motor cycles only when committing serious traffic violations and not any other violation. The system also states provisions that allow citizens who do not recommit violations to request that the impoundment be replaced with fines”.

Al-Hayya said that the discussion must take into account the legal mechanisms through which the Traffic Violations Law was ratified and on its compliance with the legislative sequence rather than legal repercussions of the law, as the Law of Traffic 2000 should have been amended in the first place to become more consistent with the law.

On the other hand, Mr. Mansour Daraghmeh said that the traffic police will start implementing the law after conducting a meeting that gathers all relevant stakeholders to clarify the implementation mechanisms of the law. He also asserted the necessity to raise the awareness of citizens on abiding by traffic laws.

At the end of the meeting, the attendees recommended that the Traffic Law 2000 be amended through introducing technological developments, preparing analytical studies that identify the violations and their geographic distribution and analyze these violations according to the procedures implemented in each area, to ensure the best enforcement of the law. The attendees also recommended submitting a policy paper to decision-makers to be further discussed during the next session of the Council of Ministers and arranging for another session two weeks later.

This session come as part of the Innovation Hub – Sociocultural Platform which seeks to contribute to bridging the gaps between the various community components on both social and economic levels; providing a safe and interactive platform to enable all members of different groups of society to participate in decision making processes, especially youth and women; and to improve their living conditions by developing untraditional production patterns, enhancing cooperation and partnership between targets groups, and increasing social responsibility of the private sector.