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New safety regulations for pedestrians and cyclists in Latvia

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 29 Jun 2015

The Latvian Ministry of Transport is introducing new traffic regulations to protect vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

The new measures, which include the construction of cycle paths and better signage and road markings, aim to increase the number of cyclists on Latvia's streets.

For drivers, new rules include fines for parking on intersections, pavements, and cycle paths, as well as restrictions on vehicle number plates that will make escaping detection by speed cameras more difficult.

Cyclists also face new rules, including a ban on cycling on footpaths except in exceptional circumstances, such as in heavy traffic or adverse weather conditions.

The change in the regulations will soon be promoted in Latvian driving schools and through informational material.

For more information, visit lsm.lv (in Latvian).

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