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Left on tram road: what’s in it for me?

Many drivers are convinced that the tram tracks are to the roadway, and even at all are the “extra lane” for cars — in case if other lanes are already occupied. However, it is not so: the tram tracks is a completely separate element of the road, and to intrude on it wheels are not always allowed.

Indeed, in some cases use rails to maneuver quite acceptable: for example, to perform left turn or u-turn — but only in those cases, unless otherwise dictate the signs 5.15.1 or 5.15.2 (“direction of movement on strips”). It should be remembered that we are talking exclusively about the tramways passing direction, which are located to the left of the carriageway on the same level with it (not above and not below!) and besides, not separated by a solid line marking.

And what are the consequences of trying to pretend to be a tram? If we are talking about passing the train tracks, cut off from the main lanes by a solid layout, it is possible to obtain a warning or a fine of 500 rubles. However, in Moscow or Saint Petersburg you will not get so easily: in both capitals, the punishment for such a violation is an impressive 3000 rubles. By the way, recently Moscow began to actively set up the camera, fixing the ride on this tram “leased”.

Even if the tram tracks are not separated by a solid line markings, as in this photo, it doesn’t mean to move in the ways by car are allowed. Follow signs 5.15.1 or 5.15.2 (“direction of movement on strips”), which are installed in front of intersections.Even if the tram tracks are not separated by a solid line markings, as in this photo, it doesn’t mean to move in the ways by car are allowed. Follow signs 5.15.1 or 5.15.2 (“direction of movement on strips”), which are installed in front of intersections.

Interestingly, until 2011, the drive on counter tram ways were not “lishencheskih” — the offence can be relied penalty than is often abused by some unscrupulous drivers. However, now everything is clear: departure on counter tram ways is punishable by a fine of 5000 rubles or disqualification from driving for a period of 4 to 6 months. However, to take away the rights can only be the inspector, if she catches you red-handed on the camera exclusively prescribe penalties.

Also keep in mind that even if you had to go to the counter-rails is not malice, but only when detour obstacles, and this manoeuvre will be regarded as a violation and as a result will facilitate your wallet for 1000 or 1500 rubles — depending on how the decide inspector.

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