The Ukrainian government submitted amendments to the roadway traffic regulations. The respective decision has been passed on the government's session on November 11.
The changes concern bicyclists, taxi rides and pedestrians who cross the road in the night time.
The explanatory note says that over the last few years, the number of bicyclists in Ukraine incrased by almost twice. In Ukraine, roadway traffic regulations forbid the movement of bicyclists along the lane used by taxi buses; but the government claimed that sharing the same lane with public transport is safer than riding a bicycle amidst the flow of vehicles; the public transport moves at 20 kilometers per hour, while usual cars move at 50. This is why the bicyclists will be able now to move along the lane for public transport. Besides, the respective sign does not need another tablet with the "For bicyclists" inscription.
"Smoke and rain, the light from headlights of opposing cars, neon lights and the shadows from the trees make pedestrians even less noticeable even on the well-lit roadway; when the windshield and the glass of headlights get dirty, it limits the drivers' visibility range even more... In the dark, the driver can only see a person within the range of 25-30 meters - if the pedestrian wears dark clothes, and the driver uses dimmed headlights", readst he note.
This is why to create the safe traffic conditions, the government imposed the obligatory use of retroreflectors - so that the drivers can detect pedestrians in timly manner.
From now on, drivers and taxi passengers are obliged to use seat belts - for increased safety during rides. The only exclusion from the rule would be drivers and passengers with special needs who are unable to use the seat belts.