Friday, April 19

More penalties and fewer points on the card: The new Traffic Law comes into force

As of this Monday, the points to be deducted for carrying the mobile in hand will increase, the 0.0 rate will be introduced for underage drivers, and the possibility of exceeding the speed limits by 20 km/h when overtaking will be eliminated

On your way to work or to pick up the children from school, you decide to overtake a cyclist, thus exceeding the speed limit by 20 km/h or more, without realizing that you are not keeping the minimum safety distance and, furthermore, you end the overshoot by stepping on a solid line. This situation, which can happen to anyone on a day-to-day basis, means a fine of up to 700 euros and 10 points less on the driver’s license. And it is that according to the new Traffic Law that comes into force tomorrow, Monday, March 21, the penalty for overtaking a cyclist without leaving the mandatory minimum separation of 1.5 meters increases from 4 to 6 points to deduct. In fact, the regulation specifies that it is now mandatory, on roads with more than one lane in each direction, to completely change lanes when overtaking cyclists or mopeds.

This is how the new traffic law sanctions infractions

On the other hand, it has also been decided to suppress the possibility that both cars and motorcycles can exceed the speed limits by 20 km/h when overtaking other vehicles, for which the fines carry between 100 and 600 euros, and from 2 to 6 points, depending on the speed reached. According to the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), this measure has been taken since two out of every three fatal accidents occur on conventional roads. In 2019 -reference year- there were 239 fatalities in head-on collisions on this type of road.

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Every day it is also more common to come across a young person carrying a scooter without a helmet on, with headphones or a mobile phone in their hands and even walking on the sidewalk. This action now means 4 points less on the permit and around 400 euros of fine. According to the new Law, both circulating with the scooter manipulating the mobile -increases from 3 to 6 for using it at the wheel-, the use of headphones, and driving on the sidewalks -something already totally prohibited, just like parking-, supposes a sanction of 200 euros each. Specifically, and as one in four deaths in a traffic accident still does not use a seat belt, Traffic increases the points from 3 to 4 for not using mandatory protection elements such as child restraint systems or a helmet.

However, it should be noted that the use of certified or approved wireless devices is authorized for use in the protective helmet of motorcycle and moped drivers, for communication or navigation purposes, provided that it does not affect driving safety.

Of course, something that now also affects these users of personal mobility vehicles, and even mopeds, most of them minors, is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As with any vehicle, it is typified as a very serious infraction under a 500 euro fine and the loss of 4 points, if the rate is the minimum; but you can reach 1,000 euros and 6 points. And point out that these will not be able to circulate with a higher rate, in blood and exhaled air, than 0.0.

New violations

Starting tomorrow, with the new Traffic Law, some infractions that were not stipulated before must be taken into account. Failure to respect the traffic restrictions derived from the application of the protocols in the event of pollution episodes and low emission zones will entail a penalty of 200 euros. Using intercom devices not authorized by regulation in the tests for obtaining and recovering permits or driving licenses will be punished with fines of 500 euros.

Failure to comply with the rules on assistance on public roads, failure to comply with the rules on the use of anti-start breathalyzers -mandatory in passenger transport from July-, and throwing objects on the road or in its vicinity will also mean the same amount. may cause accidents or fires. This last infraction supposes in addition the loss of 6 points.

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