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  DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF TIMOR-LESTE GOVERNMENT  __________ Decree-Law No. 6/2003 Of 3 April THE HIGHWAY CODE Prevention of road accident casualties is one of the priorities of the Government of Timor-Leste in the field of road safety. To accomplish this priority, the Government intends to increase road safety by ensuring the integrity of people and goods travelling on East Timorese roads. Thus, under the terms of section 116 (d) of the Constitution, the Government enacts the following that shall have the force of law: TITLE I   General provisions CHAPTER I   General principles Section 1   Legal definitions For the purposes of the provisions of the present Code and supplementary legislation, the following terms shall have the meaning as attributed to them in this section: ( a) Public road: means a road open to public traffic; ( b) Road equivalent to a public road means a private road open to public traffic; c) Motorway means a public road designed for fast traffic, with a physical separation between lanes, with no level crossings or access to marginal property, with restricted accesses and signalised as such; d) Road reserved for vehicles and motorcycles means a public road that is regulated by rules disciplining traffic in a motorway and signalised as such; e) Path: public road especially designed for local traffic in rural areas; f) Roadway: A portion of a public road especially designed for the circulation of vehicles; g) Centre line of the road means a longitudinal line, materialised or not, that  divides a roadway into two parts, with each one being allotted to traffic flowing in one direction; h) Traffic lane means a longitudinal area of the roadway designed for the circulation of a single line of vehicles; i) Reversible lane means a traffic lane alternately open, through signalisation, to traffic in one direction or the other;  j) Fast lane means a traffic lane resulting from the enlargement of the roadway and designed to allow vehicles entering a public road to gain the convenient speed in order that they can join the traffic flow; l) Slow lane means a traffic lane resulting from the enlargement of the roadway and designed to allow vehicles leaving a public road to slow down upon getting out of the traffic flow; m) Road edge means the surface of a public road not especially designed for the circulation of vehicles and situated on one or both sides of a roadway; n) Pavement means the surface of a public road, in most cases a raised surface, especially designed for the circulation of pedestrians and situated on one or both sides of a roadway; o) Traffic corridor means a traffic lane reserved for vehicles of a certain category or used for certain transport services; p) Special track means a public road or traffic lane especially designed, in conformity with signalisation, for the circulation of pedestrians, of animals or of a certain category of vehicles; q) Intersection means an intersection area between public roads at the same level; r) Junction means an area of convergence or bifurcation of public roads; s) Roundabout means a square formed by an intersection or junction where traffic flows in a rotary direction and signalised as such; t) Parking lot means a place exclusively designed for the parking of vehicles; u) Build-up area means an area with buildings and whose limits are signalised with the conventional signs; v) Parking area means a place built or signalised on a public road, especially designed for the parking of vehicles; x) Traffic island means a restricted area of the public road, closed to the  circulation of vehicles and delimitated by a kerb or appropriate marking, designed to direct the traffic. Section 2   Scope 1 – The provisions of the present Code are applicable to traffic on public roads owned by either the State or a local government. 2 – The provisions of the present legal instrument are also applicable to private roads, when open to public traffic, in all that is not specifically regulated by an agreement entered into with the owners thereof. Section 3   Freedom of traffic 1 – On the roads referred to in the preceding section circulation is free, with the restrictions contained herein. 2 – People must refrain from acts that prevent or disrupt traffic or undermine the safety or comfort of road users. 3 – A driver who fails to comply with the provision of the preceding subsection shall be punished with a fine of US$ 3 to US$ 15.   4 – A person who commits acts with the intent of preventing or disrupting the circulation of vehicles shall be punished with a fine of US$ 30 to US$ 150, where a more severe penalty is not applicable by virtue of another legal provision.   Section 4   Orders from authorities 1 – A road user must comply with lawful orders from the authorities with power to regulate and monitor traffic, or from their agents, provided the latter are duly identified as such. 2 – A driver who fails to comply with the provision of the preceding subsection shall be punished with a fine of US$ 9 to US$ 45, where a more severe penalty is not applicable by virtue of another legal provision. Section 5   Signalisation  1 – At places that can pose danger to traffic or where this must be subject to special restrictions and also when it is necessary to give useful indications, the relevant traffic signs must be used. 2 – Potential obstacles must be signalised by the person who causes them, in a well visible fashion and at a distance that will allow other road users to take the required precautions to avoid accidents. 3 – Notice boards, placards, advertisements, posters, brilliant displays, inscriptions or any other means of publicity that may be confused with traffic signs or impair their visibility or recognition or visibility at curves, intersections or  junctions, or that may also disturb a driver’s attention, thus undermining safe driving, shall not be placed along public roads or in the vicinity thereof. 4 – A driver who fails to comply with the provision of subsection 5.2 shall be punished with a fine of US$ 9 to US$ 45. 5 – A driver who fails to comply with the provision of subsection 5.3 shall be punished with a fine of US$ 30 to 150, and the competent entity may also order the removal of such means of publicity. Section 6   Signs   1 – Traffic signs shall be established by directive where, in conformity with applicable international conventions, the shapes, colours, lettering, symbols and sizes, as well as the meaning and the placement systems thereof, are specified. 2 – Lettering on traffic signs shall be written in Tetun, except as provided for in international conventions. Section 7   Hierarchy between prescriptions  1 – Prescriptions resulting from signs shall prevail over general traffic rules. 2 – The hierarchy between prescriptions resulting from signs is as follows: 1 st  Prescriptions resulting from temporary signs that alter the normal regime of use of a road; 2 nd  Prescriptions resulting from traffic light signals; 3 rd  Prescriptions resulting from vertical signs; 4 th  Prescriptions resulting from road markings. 3 – Orders from a traffic police officer shall prevail over prescriptions resulting from signs or markings and over traffic rules.
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