Enforcing traffic laws in Venezuela's capital, Caracas, has always been a problem, as the very low price of petrol has led to dangerous driving almost being seen as a basic human right.
Indeed, when one Caracas mayor tried to tackle severe traffic jams in the city by banning driving for one day a week, his ban was overturned in court as an infringement of civil liberties.
In 2008, however, a law was passed which for the first time made it possible for the courts to suspend a driver's licence, and in 2011, the first such suspension was imposed.
The penalty was imposed on a bus-driver who was speeding in an overladen bus that was missing one of its rear wheels.
The driver was suspended for one year.
It could have been five years if he had killed someone.