Seven out of ten drivers speed through roadworks

seven out of ten drivers speed through road works

36 drivers were sanctioned for speeding at roadworks on interurban roads carried out by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) between September 24 and 30.

In addition, 242 were sanctioned for not respecting the signals, either from traffic agents, or from construction workers, vertical signs, road markings, traffic lights, cones or light beacons or any other type of specific signalling.

seven out of ten drivers speed through road works

The agents of the Traffic Group of the Civil Guard carried out for the first time surveillance and control dedicated to locations where roadworks were being undertaken on interurban roads.

According to data from the National Registry of Traffic Accident Victims, in 2021 there were 156 traffic accidents related to road maintenance personnel, of which 19 involved operators who worked or walked on the road or its surroundings as pedestrians.

Of these 19 accidents there were 7 workers who suffered injuries and 2 lost their lives hit by a vehicle that was either travelling at excessive speed or whose driver was distracted. The other 137 traffic accidents involved maintenance workers inside their vehicles. In addition, so far this year, 2 maintenance workers have died while performing their duties on the road.

For all these reasons, during the week of October 24 to 30, 140,711 vehicles were controlled, of which 4,679 were sanctioned for different reasons. The main cause of sanction corresponds to speeding on road works sections, an infraction committed by 73% of the sanctioned drivers.

In addition, of the 4,727 sanctions filed, 242 corresponded to the lack of respect for signs, whether by traffic surveillance agents, construction workers, vertical signs, road markings, traffic lights, cones or light beacons or any other signage.

During the campaign, 153 drivers who drove using their mobile phones on these sections of works and 140 who did not use their seat belts were also sanctioned. In addition, 53 were sanctioned for driving under the influence of alcohol and 11 for the presence of drugs in the body.

Also worrying are the 34 sanctions filed for negligent driving, the 30 for not respecting the safety distance, the 24 for illegal overtaking in those areas or the 22 for equally illegal lane changes.

 

Source: DGT

Road safety teaching in Spain

road safety teaching in Spain

DGT resources for road safety teaching in Spanish schools

road safety teaching in Spain

The next school year, which is about to start, will be the first in which primary, secondary and high school students receive basic training in road safety thanks to its inclusion in the school curriculum through various Royal decrees. These ensure road safety is taught at primary, secondary and baccalaureate levels. This will allow not only to develop active, autonomous and healthy mobility habits among minors, but also to encourage attitudes of respect that affect the prevention of traffic accidents.

After the publication of the aforementioned Royal Decrees, which incorporate the basic, specific and mandatory skills and content in safe and sustainable mobility at all educational stages, both the autonomous communities and the schools are in charge of specifying, expanding and giving shape to these contents that will be evaluable and that will be integrated transversally in different subjects such as Knowledge of the Environment or Education in Values and, in a special way, in Physical Education.

The educational resources, through different programs and materials, will be adapted to the specific needs of each stage. At Primary level they will be focus on promoting the values of active, healthy, safe and sustainable mobility, helping, for example, the extension of safe school paths or the incorporation of the bicycle as a regular vehicle for schoolchildren. At Secondary and Baccalaureate levels they will focus more on road safety values.

In order to help implement these contents, the General Directorate of Traffic will make these resources available to all those schools that wish to do so, either through its website or through the Provincial Coordinators of Road Education present. in each Provincial Traffic Headquarters and that they will be available to support those who need it in this process.

New road traffic laws Spain 2022

New road traffic laws Spain 2022

The congress of deputies approves new traffic laws

Legislation to amend the road traffic law in Spain have been approved by the Congress of Deputies and will come into effect three months after the publication of the official bulletin.

This will see and increase from 3 to 6 the points to be deducted in the case of holding a mobile in your hand whilst driving and 4 for not using the seat belt. This was previously 3 points.

The rate of 0gr / l in blood or 0mg / l of ehaled air is now included for motorists under 18.

The provision that passenger cars and motorcycles can exceed speed limits on convential roads by 20 km / h
when overtaking other vehciles is withdrawn.

Use intercom devices in the tests for the obtaining and recovering driving licenses, will incur a penalty of 500 euros and the applicant will not be able to re-test for a period of 6 months.

The objective of this normative modification is to update several precepts of the Law on penalty points, a tool that has proven effective in reducing the accident rate on the roads in Spain. However, it was necessary to update to improve the efficiency of the system, adapt it to the
times and reinforce road safety.

Main amendments to the road traffic laws in Spain

Distractions

Increase from 3 to 6 the points for use of hand held mobile phones while driving. Since 2016, distractions behind the wheel have been the number one cause of fatal accidents (31%), in 2020. The proliferation of social media, Mobile dependence and immediacy are harmful elements while driving, therefore the penalty points has led to the Spanish authorities increasing the penalty points for this type of infraction. There is also a 200 euro fine.

Seat belt and other protection

Increases from 3 to 4 penalty points for not using a seatbelt properly or failure to use a child restraint system. Additionally, the same penalty if you fail to use a helmet where required. The fine is the same penalty of 200 euros.
1 in 4 deaths in a traffic accident still does not use the
seat belt.

More safety for cyclists

With an increase in the safety of cyclists in mind, one orads with more than one lane, you must change lane to pass cyclists. This is also the same for passing mopeds. Infactions now incur 6 penalty points rather than 4 penalty points when overtaking and endangering or hindering cyclists. For example, without leaving the mandatory minimum separation of 1.5m. The fine remains 200 euros.

Throwing objects form your vehicle

The penalty points for throwing objects from your car are now 6 points rather than 4. Cigarettes for example.

Alcohol limit for young drivers in Spain

Drivers under the age of 18 using any vehicle (mopeds, AM license, motorcycles up to 125cc, bicycles and personal mobility vehicles) may not circulate with an alcohol level greater than 0, both in blood and air exhaled.

Anti-start breathalysers

(Alcoholock) mandatory for motorcycles road passenger transport vehicles that are registered from 6 July 2022. These vehicles are required to have an alcohol ignition interlock.

Overtaking rule changes

The possibility of passenger cars and motorcycles legally exceeding the speed limits by 20 km / h on conventional roads when passing other vehicles is now withdrawn.
2 out of 3 fatal accidents occur on roads conventional. In 2019, for example, 239 died in a frontal collision on a conventional road.

Road traffic law changes approved by spanish congress

Road Traffic law changes approved by Spanish Congress

It was back in November 2018 that the Spanish government embarked on a journey to amended the road traffic laws in Spain as mentioned in our article Tougher Law for using mobile phones pointed out at the time. This included an increase from three to six penalty points for using a mobile phone.

In November 2020 the Council of Ministers approved the various reforms and now congress has also approved the amendments which includes four points (not three) for not wearing a seatbelt. There was one notable adjustment to the original plans, however.

There has been a rule in Spain that on conventional roads out of town a driver could exceed the maximum speed limit by 20kph if the vehicle they were overtaking was not actually travelling at the maximum speed limit permitted. This lee-way was to be withdrawn under the original drafted new plans. However, after an amendment passed by just one vote the removal of this excess speed in these particular circumstances has been dropped.

It will also be law to wear a helmet when using an electric scooter.

These measures will now be sent to the Spanish Senate.

Increase in drones to monitor traffic in Spain

drones to monitor traffic in Spain

The General Directorate of Traffic has finalized the distribution throughout the Spanish territory of the 39 surveillance drones -28 more than in 2020. The drones will be used to support the twelve traffic helicopters used by the traffic section of the Guardia civil.

In May 2018 the drones began to be used in test mode and since August 2019 they have been used for the surveillance and detection of traffic infractions.

The drones are intended for the detection of reckless behavior on the roads and the surveillance of traffic in those sections of high risk of accidents. Additionally, they will be positioned on roads with a greater traffic of vulnerable users, in particular cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

They will also be used to monitor and support regulation in operations and special events in which a high number of road movements are concentrated. They could also be used for ordinary regulatory missions complementary to those carried out by helicopters; and to support emergencies.

Drone and traffic fines in Spain
drones to monitor traffic in Spain

The DGT has trained 35 personnel in piloting the drones and 60 personnel in handling the cameras that these systems integrate. The General Directorate of Traffic is accredited by the State Agency for Aviation Safety as an operator of remotely piloted aircraft systems. Likewise, the DGT helicopter unit is a pilot training organization for the issuance of basic and advanced certificates for piloting drones.

How do they work ?

The operation of these drones is carried out by a pilot, who is in charge of handling the flight controls, and an operator who maneuvers the camera.

The infraction captured by drones may be notified immediately by an agent of the Traffic Group of the Civil Guard or be processed later by the competent authorities. 

The 39 drones will be distributed throughout the country, except the Basque Country and Catalonia.

Each DGT helicopter patrol based in A Coruña, Zaragoza, Valladolid, Seville, Malaga and Valencia will have two drones to carry out operations in their local area of ​​influence. The central base in Madrid will have 15 aircraft that, in addition to flying over the roads of the Community of Madrid and Castilla la Mancha, will provide support to the rest of the provinces of the national territory that need it.

For their part, Cantabria, Asturias and Extremadura will have two drones per area; and the island areas of the Balearic and Canary Islands, with three units each.

History of drones and traffic infractions in Spain

Since the start of the drone traffic surveillance activity in 2018, the DGT has accumulated 500 flight hours with these systems, has monitored more than 55,000 vehicles and has detected more than 600 infractions. It has become one of the most effective means of detecting the use of mobile telephones behind the wheel (they represent 12.5% ​​of the total infractions detected), the incorrect use of seat belts and child restraint systems (15, 9%), and overtaking cyclists without respecting the minimum safety distances (4%).

Changes to the ITV Spain June 2021

changes to the itv test spain 2021
changes to the itv test spain 2021

From 1st June 2021 there are some small changes to the Spanish ITV test.

Until now if there was a fault with the anti-locking braking system this could have been deemed a minor defect. From now on any defect in the ABS system will be reported as a major fault.

Additionally, if the rear view mirrors are detached then this will also be noted as a major fault.

Faults are categorised as either mild, serious or very serious.  Serious faults will mean you have to get the vehicle repaired and re-tested within a certain time frame. Very serious means your vehicle cannot leave the ITV testing station under its own steam and you will have to organise for a tow truck to take it to the garage. For more information about the Spanish ITV visit our page or watch the video about the ITV in Spain.

The price of the ITV test in Spain varies depending on your vehicle and also on your location.

Car insurance tax increase spain 2021

car insurance tax increase spain 2021

Car Insurance tax increase Spain 2021 on top of new emissions calculations which will increase prices of new cars.

The tax on insurance policies will increase by 2% from 6% to 8% from 1st January 2021. Whilst this was announced at the end of October 2020, with January fast approaching it is worth remembering that any increase in your premium price in 2021 is not all down to the insurance company.

With nearly 80% of all Spanish households holding a car insurance policy this increase is going to affect most families. It is not just car insurance in Spain that will see this increase. Those with other general insurances including home and funeral plans will see the increase there too.

The Spanish government hopes to bring in an extra 455millon euros through this tax in the first year.

This is the first increase in the tax for 20 years they argue and the tax is lower than in countries like the UK (12.5%) Germany (19%) and Italy (12.5% to 21.25%).

WLTP will make your new car more expensive

This is not the only additional cost to the motorist in Spain. From January someone buying a new car will also see many new car prices rise with the introduction of the World-wide harmonized light-duty test procedure (WLTP).

The WLTP is a new European standard used to test fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, pollutant emissions and energy consumption (electric vehicles). It replaces the NEDC which was introduced back in the 1980s. The thinking behind the new measures is that it gives a more realistic measure as it has been based on real-driving data gathered from around the world.

This means that the emissions and CO2 levels shown more accurately reflect what your car is really producing. Some of the tests involve more realistic driving behaviour, a greater range of driving situations and longer distances. These more accurate tests have a drawback for buyers in Spain, however.

The downside for the buyer is that registration taxes in Spain are based on CO2 emissions. With more accurate recording of CO2 emissions many cars will move into a higher emission bracket and therefore incur a higher registration tax.

Emissions (g/km) Tax
0 to 120 0%
121 to 159 4.75%
160 to 199 9.75%
200 or more 14.75%

If the vehicle you want to buy was previously in the 0 to 120 g/km tax bracket but has now moved in the 121 to 159 bracket under the new more accurate test your car will be more expensive. For example, a 20,000 euro car will cost almost 1,000 euros more.

Top selling plug in hybrid in Spain 2020 – Kia Niro

KIA NIRO PHEV 2020

The Kia Niro PHEV leads the sales charts of plug-in hybrids so far in 2020, with more than 1,000 units sold in this country.

Since its launch, the Niro has always remained at the top of the lists of car sales, with more than 5,600 units sold so far this year.

It is another milestone in the success story of a model that approaches 25,000 units sold in Spain and has managed to bring together all of the three most effective public electrification technologies: hybrid, plug-in and electric hybrid. But the success of the Niro goes far beyond our borders. In Europe, sales are heading towards the 150,000 units since its launch.

KIA NIRO PHEV 2020

What are the key factors that have made the Niro a bestseller?

The Kia Niro is the first crossover in the world to offer hybrid versions, plug-in and electric hybrid. This comprehensive offering, which no other SUV or crossover has ever managed to match, allows users to choose the variant that best suits their needs, without compromising anything. One of the keys to this achievement is the design of a specific platform for environmentally friendly vehicles.

A complete electrified offer

The Kia Niro is the first crossover in the world to offer hybrid versions, plug-in and electric hybrid. This comprehensive offering, which no other SUV or crossover has ever managed to match, allows users to choose the variant that best suits their needs, without compromising anything. One of the keys to this achievement is the design of a specific platform for environmentally friendly vehicles.

Design

The Niro has a look and attributes that have made the crossover into the big winners in the market. On the one hand, it offers a high driving position, interior space and a boot capable. And secondly, precise, comfortable and safe driving on the road and in town.

The right size

Kia hit the mark by creating the world’s first electrified compact crossover. The model has dimensions that have become the perfect middle ground on the market.

Its length, width and height allow it to offer ample interior space, and a capable trunk. At the same time, it maintains a contained size for driving and parking in the city, and to offer agile reactions on the road.

Safety equipment

The Kia Niro has obtained five stars in the Euro NCAP tests, with a high level of protection for adult occupants (91%), children (80%) and pedestrians (70%), in addition to obtaining an 81% in assistance systems to driving. This model has brought to its segment the most advanced security systems, encompassed under the Kia DRiVE WISE sub-brand. These active safety technologies include: the emergency braking assistance system to avoid frontal collisions (Forward Collision-avoidance Assist FCA); the Blind-spot Collision Warning BCW detection system; Adaptive Cruise Control (Smart Cruise Control SCC) with automatic stop and start (Stop & Go); the Lane Keeping Assist System (Lane Keeping Assist LKA); Fatigue Detector (Driver Attention Warning DAW) and Dynamic High Beam Assist (HBA).

Full connectivity

The Niro responds to the demands of users with the most advanced connectivity system: UVO Connect. This system is composed of a large touch screen, which has a multiple connection via Bluetooth; the Kia Live system, which has a SIM card to collect and update information in real time; and the Kia UVO app, compatible with Android and Apple smartphones.

Thanks to this, the navigator, for example, takes advantage of real-time traffic data to draw the fastest routes. Another interesting help is the price, location and the availability of possible parking spaces, on the street or in car parks. Weather forecasts or fuel prices can also be received in the car in real time. In the electric and plug-in hybrid versions, the system also provides information on the status, availability and compatibility of the charging points.

The UVO application allows us to transfer content from our smartphone to the car, receive information from the car and perform remote operations to activate functions and devices of the vehicle. In the electric and plug-in hybrid versions of the Niro, it also allows you to check the remaining battery percentage from the phone, calculate the time it would take to charge with different types of chargers, set the charging time and program the start time.

ECO and O Emissions

The Niro range enjoys the benefits of ECO (hybrid version) and 0 Emissions (Niro plug-in hybrid and e-Niro). Hybrids with an ECO label can circulate even when there is high pollution and through restricted areas such as Madrid Central. In some cities they have discounts on paying for parking in regulated parking areas. They also benefit from a discount on some tolls (especially in Catalonia).

The 0 emissions label brings even more benefits. In addition to what was mentioned about the ECOs, the O emissions also enjoy a road tax discount, which is usually 75%; They can always access the BUS-HOV lanes, enjoy a greater discount on tolls and can park for free in regulated parking areas in many cities.

Secure value

The Niro incorporates the latest technologies, but it is a more than a proven product, with nearly 400,000 units circulating around the world with a high degree of satisfaction from their owners. In addition, Kia leads the most prestigious reliability studies year after year and offers a 7-year warranty.

Value for money

The Kia Niro HEV is available from 20,100 euros; the PHEV, from 24,500 euros and the e-Niro, from 37,263 euros. They are very competitive rates taking into account the quality, technology and standard equipment of this model.

Driving quality

Electrified cars do not have to be boring to drive and the Niro is a good example of this in its three versions. All three have a low centre of gravity, due to the arrangement of the batteries, which conveys a lot of stability when cornering. And they offer a great feeling of acceleration due to the contribution of the electric motor and the operation of the sequential gearbox (in hybrid versions). 

Autonomous driving level 2

This is another example of the advanced equipment of this model. The Kia Niro comes with (on the HEV, from the Drive trim; and on the PHEV and e-Niro as standard from the Concept trim) Lane Following Assist LFA. This Level 2 autonomous driving technology controls acceleration, braking and steering based on the vehicle ahead. The LFA uses a camera and radar sensors to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, while detecting the lines of the road so that the vehicle travels in the center of its lane.

A new state of alarm in Spain

a new state of alarm in spain

The Spanish government today declared a new state of alarm in Spain. With the increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections in recent days this comes as no surprise. The state of alarm will initially be in place for 15 days but the government is seeking to extend this to 9 May 2021.

The new state of alarm in Spain is not as strict as the one put in place in March 2020. The idea is to curb movement at night and possibly between regions if the situation deteriorates.

From today, a curfew is in place whereby you cannot leave your property between the hours of 11pm and 6am. This is a national curfew with the exception of the Canary Islands which has far lower infection rates than the rest of Spain.

The Central Government has given the regions some flexibility. They are permitted to move the hours of the curfew an hour either way.

Other powers the Regions will have is to restrict movement between areas under their control or even the whole province.

There are some exceptions

You can leave your property during the curfew hours but only if you have a justified reason. For example, to attend the doctors or you work during these hours.

Can you still meet friends?

The maximum number of people that can gather socially is six or less.

a new state of alarm in spain

Agreed measures to determine Regional actions

The Health Ministry has agreed an action plan with the regional authorities. There are a number of indicators that are factored into a calculation to determine this action. Regions will be graded into one of four categories, extreme, high, medium and low.