Jalisco expected to increase fine for infractions by motorcyclists

Motorcyclists who do not respect their lane and circulate on sidewalks could face more severe fines in Jalisco.

The Commission of Constitutional Points in the State Congress gave the green light to a reform that considers increasing the fine to ten times for users of motorcycles that violate the Mobility Regulation.

Drivers of motorcycles that zigzag between lanes could receive infringement between $806 and $2,418 pesos. Currently, the minimum fine is $80 pesos and a maximum of $403 pesos. The reform must still be voted on in the plenary session of the Congress.

Rocío Corona, president of the Commission, said that it is a measure to strengthen road safety and not for tax purposes; argued that it is intended that motorcyclists adhere to the provisions set out in the Mobility Regulation as being circular in the direction of the street, preferably in the right lane; do not circulate between lanes or between vehicles and pass only by left lane. The reform must still be voted on in the plenary session of the Congress.

The legislator commented that, according to data from the Ministry of Mobility, accidents in the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara involving motorcyclists have been increasing; in 2014 they added 3,214 accidents with 27 deaths; for 2016, there were 3,191 accidents with 51 deaths.

The Constitutional Points Commission in the State Congress terminated its work during the current term. In the final report, the deputy, Rocío Corona, who chaired the commission, reported that they took turns to review one 1,855 initiatives, plus 700 that were received from the 60th Legislature. Of those proposals, they ruled 2,409 and left 146 pending.

In the pipeline remains the reform on social communication, the project of law of regulatory improvement, the modifications to the Civil Code to include marriage equality, the legislation on free parking in shopping centers. In addition, the reforms to the Judiciary and the State Attorney General.