Sofia, Bulgaria: Bulgarian Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov has announced a new protocol at all border checkpoints, effective immediately, to address the issue of uncollected fines.
Under this directive, drivers departing Bulgaria will now receive warnings about any outstanding fines they may have, providing an opportunity for them to be informed about their penalties before leaving the country.
Prime Minister Denkov clarified the purpose of this measure during a meeting in Shumen with Mayor Hristo Hristov. He emphasized that the initiative is solely intended to inform drivers about unpaid fines and does not infringe upon their rights.
The government’s focus is on improving transparency and addressing the challenge of uncollected fines, which currently make up a significant proportion.
Denkov stated that while the measure aims to bring attention to outstanding fines, it does not mandate immediate payment upon notification. Instead, it seeks to create awareness among drivers, allowing them to settle fines promptly if they choose to do so.
The rationale behind this action, as explained by Denkov, lies in instances where conscientious drivers prefer to resolve fines immediately upon being informed.
However, logistical challenges often hinder their ability to make immediate payments, leading to accumulations of unpaid fines.
The Prime Minister acknowledged the current situation as unacceptable and urged officials at border checkpoints to exercise caution in implementing the new protocol.
The directive is not intended to create backlogs or extensive delays but rather to streamline the process of informing drivers about their outstanding fines.
Starting from Monday, the new protocol will be in effect at all border points across the country. Drivers with outstanding fines will receive notifications, allowing them to address their penalties before departing Bulgaria.
This proactive approach is expected to contribute to more responsible driving behaviour and reduce the number of uncollected fines over time.
As Bulgaria takes steps to enhance its regulatory framework and address administrative challenges, the government’s focus on transparency and informed decision-making is evident in this latest initiative at border checkpoints.
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