Deputies Felipe Donoso, Natalia Romero and Cristóbal Martínez warned that with traffic departments 300% overburdened, there are no hours available for the coming months or, in some cases, for this year.
As a result of the serious collapse the country’s various traffic departments find themselves in, the law that extended after this year – as a result of the health emergency – revoked the validity of driver’s licenses expiring between 2020 and 2022, the UDI Bankada The group of representatives of the U.S., including Felipe Donoso, Natalia Romero and Cristóbal Martínez, demanded that the government sponsor and grant maximum legislative urgency to a project that they presented in the middle of last year, which would automatically and renewables For three more years – documents drivers who have not committed any serious or very serious violations as a way of rewarding their good behavior and also reducing municipalities.
In this regard, parliamentarians from the union warned that demand had increased by 300% compared to the normal year, forcing departments to offer hours only for the second semester or, in some cases, the following year, which would have seriously affecting people. Those who do the work of driving a vehicle or use one as their source of income.
“Around a year ago we warned the government that most of the traffic departments would collapse this year as they were about to receive three times as many applications for driver’s license renewals. And to avoid this chaos, we made this project a real alternative. Despite presenting as, the current authorities did not want to listen to us and today we are seeing the results of this, in which practically nothing is available for the next three hours or four months and, even, some municipalities just 2024, which is totally unacceptable as many people use their vehicles as a source of work”, the legislators questioned.
For the same reason, deputies Donoso, Romero and Martínez once again stressed the need to process the said initiative, which in detail extends for three more years the licenses of drivers who, in their six-year validity – No infringement has been committed. Immediate suspension of benefits in case of serious, or very serious, traffic law violations.
In this line, parliamentarians on the UDI bench have referred to other countries, such as Germany or France, where they are valid for 15 years, or Spain, Colombia, New Zealand and Canada, among other countries, where the duration of the said documents in other countries is retrospective. as mentioned. The license is extended for 10 years.
“What this project does is give a vote of confidence to those who have not committed any offense during the validity of their driver’s license and at the same time, help decongest municipal traffic departments, given that it is estimated that approx. 800 thousand documents should be renewed this year. We should not forget that documents were already extended for three years without any discrimination during the pandemic, so it is the responsibility of the government to come up with a solution to this problem” , reiterated the delegates.