In the future, on roads where sidewalks and roadways are not separated, pedestrians have priority, and elderly walkers and children’s playground equipment can also walk on the sidewalk.
The National Police Agency announced on the 18th that the revised Road Traffic Act will come into effect from the 20th.
At the heart of the amendment is the pedestrian priority principle. Pedestrians can walk on all parts of a road where there is no division between sidewalks and carriageways. On roads with a center line, you must travel on the edge of the road regardless of the direction you are facing the vehicle.
Drivers must keep a safe distance and slow down when passing pedestrians on a road that does not distinguish between sidewalks and roadways and there is no center line. Violation of this will result in a fine of 40,000 won (80,000 won for protected areas) based on a passenger car.
The range of pedestrians that can use tools or devices such as strollers and electric wheelchairs to cross the sidewalk has also increased. Walkers for the elderly, play equipment used by children, handcarts without power, and equipment for unloading and dragging bicycles and road maintenance equipment are also classified as pedestrians and allowed to use the sidewalk.
In addition, the target of designation of protection zones for children and protection zones for the elderly and the disabled will be expanded. Facilities and places stipulated by local government ordinances are added to the children’s protection zone designation targets as children frequently come and go.
A police official said, “In preparation for the commercialization of autonomous vehicles, the concept of ‘driving’ will include the use of autonomous systems in the future.” It is divided into systems and it is obligatory for the driver to operate it directly depending on the situation.”
Reporter Shin Yong-ah