From January 1, cars will be prohibited from standing at the intersection of the street and entering the area and closer than 5 meters from it. The ban will only apply on the side of the road where the entrance is, but not in front of it.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications hopes that this will help firefighters, the police and ambulances to get to the yards or other areas quickly if necessary, improve visibility when leaving the yards, and ensure suitable traffic conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.
There is also a requirement that electric vehicles be pulled out of the charging station as soon as it is loaded, unless the road signs provide for parking for a limited time at certain charging stations. This is expected to increase the availability of charging points for other electric vehicle owners.
From now on, special vehicles with blue or blue and red beacons on streets and roads with more than two lanes will no longer have to be lined up as close as possible to the right curb, but leaving the corridor: cars in the left lane will have to turn left, the rest in right, they will all have to stop. It is hoped that this will allow special vehicles to move faster and safer.
Revised procedure in acceleration-deceleration lanes: A driver traveling in an acceleration lane and intending to enter a traffic flow will have to give way not only to a vehicle moving further in the traffic flow, but also to a vehicle shifting in the deceleration lane. However, if a driver traveling in an acceleration lane does not turn away from it but moves on, he will have priority over shifting traffic to this deceleration lane.
The amendments also stipulate that from now on, at traffic light-controlled intersections, the driver will have to give way to road users moving from all directions if they are allowed to do so by a traffic light signal. In other words, drivers turning to the right will also have to be missed, unless they are turning at a red light at intersections with a so-called green arrow. This is expected to avoid controversial or emergency situations.
It is planned to make a clearer distinction between electric scooters and non-motorized scooters: the latter will be classified as pedestrians and electric scooters as motorcycles. As a result, drivers of such motorcycles will now be subject to the requirements of the road traffic rules, which will now apply to cyclists and ordinary scooters to pedestrians.
Also, from January 1, not only the police, but also fire brigades, municipal public order officials, some environmentalists, and representatives of the Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration will be able to forcibly tow cars parked out of place.
Some of the changes will take effect in half a year: a new sign will appear, “Bicycle Street”, and two minor changes are planned for the two types of scheduled traffic lanes marked with the letter A or the symbol A +.