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The measure has been designed to reduced the death toll from road accidents

Tuesday 29th January 2019


From today Tuesday 29th January, the maximum speed permitted on secondary roads in Spain will be 90km/h, lowered from 100km/h in a bid to reduce the death toll from road accidents which account for some 76% of all road fatalities. The country has joined other countries across Europe in lowering speed limits on secondary roads such as has occurred in France, Holland, Denmark, the Republic of Ireland, Finland, Cyprus and Malta.

Secondary roads are those which have one lane in each direction and the new lower speed limit will affect some 7,000 kilometres across Spain, regardless of whether there is separation between traffic travelling in opposite directions, and will be applied to all vehicles including motorbikes. Furthermore vans, lorries and buses will be restricted to 80 km/h.

The lowering of the maximum speed limit forms part of an overall initiative by the Directorate General de Tráfico (DGT) for 2019 to reduce fatalities on the nation's roads. It noted that France saw a considerable reduction in deaths after reducing the speed limit on their roads last year. The DGT hopes to see an overall reduction of around 10%. Other measures include the tightening of fines for not wearing a seat belt, the use of mobile phones whilst in charge of a motor vehicle and speeding.

Drivers using a mobile phone whilst driving are thought to have been responsible for a third of all accidents on Spanish roads. In a bid to deter drivers from continuing to do so, those caught using their phone whilst in charge of a motor vehicle will lose six points from their allocated driving licence points and 200 euros from their wallet and will be comparable to drink/drug driving and speeding. The DGT recently announced that unmarked vehicles including vans and HGV lorries will be used to catch drivers in the act of using their phone.

It has also been proposed to increase the number of speed cameras across the country to ensure that drivers abide by the rules and drive within the limits allowed on the roads. Spain has barely 1,000 cameras in operation compared to 7,200 in the United Kingdom and 4,000 in France.


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