A law requiring all bicyclists to wear helmets went into effect today.
In addition, fines for various other traffic violations rose on Tuesday. The fine for speaking on a cell phone while driving has doubled from NIS 500 to NIS 1,000, while letting off passengers on main streets now costs NIS 500 as opposed to NIS 100. Double parking now carries a fine of NIS 250, and riding a bicycle on the shoulder of a highway has gone up from NIS 100 to NIS 250.
Opponents of the law were concerned that cyclists who prefer not to wear helmets will stop riding bicycles and resort to driving as their primary mode of transportation, Channel 2 reported.
According to Army Radio, MKs Dov Kheinin and Orit Noked plan to work to change the law.