The new speed limits of 20 and 30 km / h in the city arrive




Last November 2020, the Government announced the adoption of new measures and reforms in traffic regulations, with the aim of reducing the accident rate, especially with regard to the most vulnerable road users.

The changes eenter into force shortly, as stated in Royal Decree 970/2020 that modified article 50 of the General Traffic Regulations to establish new speed limits in urban areas.

The royal decree indicated that these limits would enter into force six months after their publication in the State official newsletter, which took place on November 11, 2020. Therefore, speed changes on urban roads will take effect on May 11.

The new limits depend on the type of road will be 20 km / h on roads that have a single carriageway platform and sidewalk; 30 km / h on one-lane roads per direction of movement and 50 km / h on roads with two or more lanes per direction and crossings.

The regulations state that the lanes reserved for the circulation of certain users or exclusive use of public transport will not be counted, and vehicles that transport dangerous goods will run at a maximum of 40 km / h on crossings and roads with two or more lanes in each direction.

The royal decree also establishes that generic speeds may be lowered by the Municipal Authority prior specific signage. Each City Council may also increase the speed on roads with a single lane in each direction up to a maximum speed of 50 km / h, provided that it is specifically signaled.

As for conventional roads, cars and motorcycles may not exceed the speed limits on conventional roads by 20 km / h when they overtake other vehicles. The DGT itself has been in charge of remembering the new limits through its Twitter account.

Other measures adopted are the increase from 3 to 6 points that will be withdrawn in the sanctions by using the mobile phone manually (without hands-free), as well as the increase of 3 to 4 points for not using the seat belt, the helmet, and other protective elements.

Other measures revealed by the Minister of the Interior is the classification as a ‘serious infraction’ of the fact of carrying radar detection devices in the vehicle, which will mean the penalty of 500 euros and the loss of three points on the driver’s license. At present, only its use is sanctioned while driving, but according to the minister “it has been shown that, before a road control, drivers deactivate them to prevent traffic agents from being able to prove their use, so once the reform will sanction their mere possession.

In addition, the reform includes a new very serious offense, defined as “committing fraud in driving tests using unauthorized intercom devices». In this case the penalty will be 500 euros and 6 months without being able to take the driving test.

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