Next Monday, March 21, the New Law on Traffic, Circulation of Motor Vehicles and Road Safety comes into force with changes in some of the penalties committed at the wheel. Some of the key reforms refer to new speed limits, the use of helmets and child restraint systems, or more restrictive measures regarding the use of mobile phones while behind the wheel.
In the last 6 years, from 2015 to 2020, of the total fines filed on the roads, more than 2.8 million of them, that is, 65%, were for speeding by drivers. And, the highest percentage of infractions, 70%, are issued when passing at a higher speed than allowed by a fixed radar located on any of the Spanish roads.
FormasterProfessional Association of Training Companies in Logistics, Transport and Road Safety, this is a very worrying fact, since speeding is linked to a high rate of accidents on the roads.
But not only speed is one of the common offenses by drivers. Every year almost half a million penalties are imposed for not having passed the ITV in the regulatory period, which represents 11% of all complaints filed by traffic agents. This is the second inappropriate behavior behind the wheel of drivers in Spain, in addition to the fact that more than 27,000 fines were issued annually for tire problems and the fact that the poor condition of the vehicle also affects the accident rate on our roads .
Other behaviors penalized behind the wheel in the last 6 years are driving without insurance with 3% of the penalties on the road or reckless or negligent driving that is 1.45% of all the fines for drivers. In relation to the consumption of alcohol and drugs, in recent years, an annual average of more than 100,000 Traffic sanctions were filed, 2.35% of the total.
Change in the most common sanctions
The entry into force of the new Law on Traffic, Circulation of Motor Vehicles and Road Safety, will mean a change in the penalties for the most common offenses committed in Spain. For example, driving while talking on a mobile phone or holding it in your hand is penalized with 6 points and the payment of 200 euros. 2.15% of the fines are due to the use of mobile phones or other electronic devices while driving. A very common undue situation like that of not wearing a seat belt, where 2.3% of the fines filed on national roads are for this reason or for going with minors in the car without the Child Restraint System ( SRI) that annually accumulates an average of more than 18,000 sanctions. Remember that going without a belt, without a helmet or without a child seat will subtract 4 points from the license.
This update of the Road Safety Law also entails the end of overtaking on conventional roads exceeding 20 km/h. the road limit. If you exceed the speed limit of the road when overtaking, you will be committing an infraction. Annually, more than 11,000 fines are filed on the roads for undue overtaking. And, as a curiosity, there are the more than 13,000 annual average penalties that the authority imposes on drivers for driving with headphones on.
The new Law establishes, as recalled from Formaster, a framework to regulate the Safe and Efficient Driving Courses that, once the driver has approved, will extend the computation of points on his license. The objective will be to train drivers in techniques aimed at avoiding accidents and reducing fuel consumption and polluting emissions, in addition to preparing them to solve dangerous driving situations and getting them used to adopting good driving practices.
These safe and efficient driving classes, whose thematic content will be established by Order of the Ministry of the Interior, will include theoretical and practical training and an important and specific section on respect for cyclists and drivers of personal mobility vehicles as drivers of more vulnerable vehicles. . Passing this training in safe and efficient driving will be compensated with two additional points up to a maximum of fifteen points, as long as the driver has a positive balance on his license and can take a maximum frequency of one course of each type every two years.
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