Two years later, they caught on and began to "tighten the screws." True, as it happens, after the "inflection" sometimes follows the "inflection". And yet it is better than complete inaction …
Law of July 22, 2005 No. 120-ФЗ “On Amendments to the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses” quite seriously changed the current Code of Administrative Offenses, especially with regard to special signals on vehicles. But not only they got it. For example, from now on (from August 8, 2005), for driving a car without a driver’s license plates, they can be deprived of their rights for a period of one to three months, however, in the absence of both signs. So, if you lost the back number somewhere along the road, calmly go for new ones to your traffic police. Nobody has the right to present any claims against you.
Remained "unaccountable" and those who did not have time to register their cars in time. The responsibility for driving such a car is provided for in Article 12.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, and it has not changed (warning or a fine of 50 rubles).
Those who like to install on standard places instead of signs signs of a plate with names or nicknames can live peacefully. Legally, this is called “installation of non-standard signs” (or, if standard signs are under glass, “installation of signs in violation of GOST requirements”). The punishment for such drivers remained the same - a warning or a fine of 50 rubles. But for the installation of obviously false numbers, for example, from another car, the offender will be fined 2, 500 rubles. An official or legal entity, even more, is 15–20 thousand or 400–500 thousand rubles, respectively. Let me remind you - we are only talking about the installation of such signs. Another punishment is provided for driving a car with fake numbers - deprivation of the right to drive for a period of six months to a year. No options. The fine for such a violation is no longer enough.
With numbers, everything is more or less clear. But with regard to special signals and coloring, our legislators are clearly too clever. It was decided to completely amend Article 12.4 of the Code of Administrative Offenses. Let me remind you that it is called "Violation of the rules for installing devices on a vehicle for supplying special light or sound signals or illegal application of special colorographic schemes for operational services vehicles." If we now carefully read the first part, it turns out that responsibility for violation of this norm may also come for those acts that have a very distant relation to road safety. The offense is the installation on the front of the vehicle of “light devices with red lights or retroreflective devices of red color, as well as light devices whose color and mode of operation do not meet the requirements of the Basic Provisions for the admission of vehicles to use and the duties of security officials traffic”.
All clear? Indeed, dressed up as a Christmas tree, a car on the road can be a serious danger. But the article does not stipulate: it moves along the highway or stands, for example, as an advertisement. From now on, those who decided to decorate their old car with colorful garlands, say, to attract motorists to their spare parts shop or to a gas station, also fall under the action of the article! Fortunately, only a court can decide whether to hold accountable for such violations.
A separate penalty is also provided for driving such an ornate vehicle - the perpetrator is threatened with deprivation of rights for a period of six months to a year, plus the confiscation of these devices and devices. Those who dare to drive a car equipped with devices for supplying special signals (except for burglar alarms) or with special colorographic schemes for automobiles of operational services are deprived of their right to drive for a year and a half. This, I repeat, is about driving such vehicles! If you use devices for supplying special signals (even if the car stands still and outside the road) - you can lose your rights for a period of one and a half to two years. Naturally, with the confiscation of flashing lights and crackers.