As respectful as drivers are, there will always be a time when they don't comply with the Road Code. Or because they made a forbidden overtaking, did not stop at a crosswalk, parked in a place that is not allowed, etc.
What if a driver does not stop at a STOP signal? What if it's a cyclist?
The STOP signal is one of the least respected drivers in Portugal! This sign indicates a mandatory stop at the intersection or junction. The driver must stop before entering the junction or junction where the signal is located and give way to all vehicles passing on the road on which he will enter.
Didn't stop at the STOP signal? What can happen?
If you do not stop at the STOP signal and have it stopped by the authority, please be aware that the fine is 99.76 euros. It also has four points less on the driving license. Also remember that not stopping at a STOP signal may result in serious accidents.
In addition to drivers, a cyclist who does not respect the STOP signal is liable to pay a fine of € 99.76 to € 498.80. If you get a red light, you can pay between € 74.82 and € 374.10. Both cases are very serious offenses.
In addition, they risk being banned from driving motor vehicles for a period of between two months and two years.
If the rider does not have a license, the law provides for the bicycle to be confiscated for the same period as driving disqualification, in this case from 2 months to 2 years.
Portugal will have new road signs
It will be in April 2020 that a new traffic signal and new information signs will be placed on Portuguese roads. O new regulation, already published in Diário da República, It creates road signs indicating areas of residence or coexistence of vehicles and pedestrians, as well as areas of reduced emissions, where only less polluting vehicles can circulate. Check out the new road signs here.