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The operators of dangerous semi-trailers hauling western European used cars to the East, also dubbed “horror caravans”, have been fined a total of 15.5 million forints (EUR 42,600) for violating road safety regulations, the Innovation and Technology Ministry said on Friday.

The transport authority has been given improved powers since January 31 to act against the dangerous vehicles, the ministry said in a statement.

Under the regulations extended to include additional vehicle categories, a fine of up to 500,000 forints (EUR 1,400) can be imposed on trailers used above their capacity or inadequately securing their cargo. Police and the transport authority can also seize their licence, it added.

Roadside Deaths at Historic Low
Roadside Deaths at Historic Low

Approximately 450 people died in traffic accidents in 2020, 25% less than one year ago, vezess.hu writes, in reference to data from the National Police Headquarters’ (ORFK). It was back in 1956, the year of Hungary’s anti-Soviet revolution, when this number was recorded. In recent years, police have been trying to push this number below […]Continue reading

State secretary for transport policy László Mosóczi said in the statement that in the recent period, some 21 fines were issued as a result of excess load and 17 fines for other irregularities, including inadequate documentation.

on the featured image: one of the horror caravans stopped by the police in 2020; via police.hu