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Police get full powers to issue driving bans for drunk drivers

As of 1 June 2019, when amendments to the Driving Licence Act and the Fine Procedure Act will enter into force, issuing a driving ban will be added to the authority of the police.

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All matters related to issuing a driving ban will be dealt with by the police as of 1 June 2019 when amendments to the Driving Licence Act and the Act on the Imposition of a Fine and Summary Penal fee (Fine Procedure Act) will enter into force.

At that point, issuing a driving ban for drunk driving, driving while seriously intoxicated, causing a serious traffic hazard and an offence involving the transport of hazardous materials will be added to the authority of the police.

”The police receive approximately 17,000 new driving ban cases for decision a year”, says superintendent Iina Hyvärinen from the National Police Board.

A separate crime procedure

The right to drive will be considered in a separate criminal procedure, following the issuing of the outcome of the investigation relating to the alleged offence in question. The driver can be already reserved the right to be heard in the driving ban case during pretrial investigation, informed the Police in a press release.

The driving ban decision can be sent to the driver by mail if the driver is in a temporary driving ban when the driving ban decision is made or has no right to drive for some other reason.

Appeal with the Administrative Court

Changes will also be made to filing an appeal against the driving ban decision. It is possible to lodge a complaint about the driving ban decision to the police or the decision awarded for a claim by lodging an appeal with the Administrative Court.

According to Konsta Arvelin, chief superintendent of the National Police Board, after amendments to the Fine Procedure Act, the police can process a simple, straightforward drunk driving case through the fine procedure by issuing a request for fine to the suspect, which will finally be decided upon by the prosecutor.

In addition, the suspect’s consent in the fine procedure will change. As of 1 June 2019, the suspect’s consent will comprise the suspect waiving their right to an oral hearing at court and agreeing on a decision about the criminal case in a procedure complying with the Fine Procedure Act.

Police get full powers to issue driving bans for drunk drivers
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