Tbilisi and Traffic

  1. Introduce Bus Lanes on all major roads, these must be ONLY for buses and Marshutkas, and bicycles. These should be controlled with lane cameras. The fines levied for using these lanes will easily pay for the painting and cameras
  2. Enforce Zebra Crossings and make it law that the pedestrian has the right of way: Penalty for ignoring this: 500 GEL — cancel ALL Police leave for a month and enforce this law, they did this in Russia and now people stop. To make this work there is a need to run a public information campaign that ostracises those breaking the law. Publish photos of law-breakers in the newspaper for a while.
  3. Regulate Taxis — introduce a registration scheme (for free) where all taxis must be registered. Also make sure they ALL run on taximeters. Make sure ALL Taxis have a fixed registration plate. Have established Taxi-ranks and proper stopping places for Taxis that do NOT block the roads. Strictly penalise Taxi drivers using Bus lanes and randomly stopping. introduce a minimum safety standard for Taxis and insist on annual inspections. If cars are stopped by the police in a dangerous condition (no headlights, no brake lights, etc etc fine them 500 GEL and revoke their licence.
  4. Improve the driving tests — don’t just have 32 theoretical units and then a tiny practical test — introduce a real practical test and inspectorate to improve the standard of new drivers coming onto the roads. Whilst this will take time to filter-through the raising of standards is worth doing NOW because Georgians need to know how to drive safely at home and abroad.
  5. Stop allowing Marshutkas to stop anywhere, introduce official stops and build them properly. Fine the drivers if they stop randomly or drive dangerously. Make sure that these minibuses do not impede the flow of traffic.
  6. Come down far harder on Drink and Drug driving — introduce heavy fines, public photos, and even prison sentences for bad offenders. Also run big public information campaigns — there are plenty of empty billboards and state TV and radio can run repeated ads ALL day — there should be NO escape for people to understand that THEY must be responsible when getting into a car.
  7. Introduce paid parking, not a silly 50 GEL permit — how is it even possible that Yerevan, a city comparable in size and economic development can be so civilised to drive and park in? Build public car parks and make people understand that they have to walk a little and can’t park outside everywhere.
  8. Put traffic light cameras at ALL major junctions and clamp down on jumping red lights — introduce a 500 GEL fine for jumping a red.
  9. Introduce a points-based system for removing driving licences of repeat offenders, just like in Europe, a 12 point system like in the UK works well… 3 points per infringement and then at 12 you get an automatic 6 month ban, 1000 GEL fine and mandatory re-taking of the driving licence exam to the NEW standards.
  10. Ensure that the enforcement of road-traffic laws are not a political thing, it’s totally obvious that the Police have been instructed to do nothing but sit around in the run-up to the election, but this is crazy… how can public safety be thrown away to win votes? Surely everyone should be protected by the state (Police) whether there are elections or not, road safety is a major quality of life issue and enforcing the above will reduce congestion and pollution.

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English. Lives in Tbilisi. Contributor to Renegade Inc. Loves channeling ideas and serving good coffee.

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English. Lives in Tbilisi. Contributor to Renegade Inc. Loves channeling ideas and serving good coffee.

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