Last week the Spanish government passed new legislation aimed at reducing Spain’s terrible record of traffic accidents and road safety. Here is a summary of the new traffic legislation in Spain based on the new “points” system:
From now on there will be three main categories of drivers:
“Normal” – 12 points
“New drivers” – drivers with less than 3 years experience – 8 points
“Veterans” – drivers who have lost all their points and have got a new licence – 8 points.
How to win back points:
If drivers successfully complete a course of “sensibilización and reeducación” they will be awarded 4 points.
If drivers drive for three years without committing any breach of conduct they will win back all their points.
Points lost for bad driving:
Drivers lose 6 points for:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol (>0,75 mg/l).
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Refusing to undergo breath tests
- Driving in the wrong direction
- Driving in unauthorised races or competitions
- Dangerous driving
- Driving vehicles which are not permitted on motorways
- Speeding over 50% or 30 km over the authorised speed
Drivers lose 4 points for:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol ((0,25-0,75 mg/l)
- Driving a vehicle with too many passengers (50% more than the authorised limit)
- Driving in parallel with other vehicles
- Driving a vehicle with no registration plate
- Driving a vehicle which has not passed its MOT
- Driving irresponsibly
- Speeding (over 40-50 km the limit)
- Failing to respect right of way
- Failing to respect a STOP sign
- Failing to respect overtaking laws
- Changing direction in dangerous situations, such as tunnels, junctions, motorways and roads where overtaking is forbidden.
- Reversing on motorways
- Accelerating to prevent other vehicles from overtaking
- Overtaking on bends or when visibility is reduced
- Failure to obey traffic police
- Failure to obey traffic lights.
Drivers lose 3 points for:
- Not respecting distances with vehicles in front
- Driving without lights
- Driving with lights which dazzle other drivers
- Driving while using other devices which prevent the driver from paying full attention to driving (eg mobile telephones)
- Stopping or parking in bends, areas with reduced visibility, tunnels, junctions, dangerous areas or areas which present other drivers with difficulties
Drivers lose 2 points for:
- Stopping or parking in: places which make it more difficult for other vehicles to turn; urban areas where lack of visibility represents danger; tram lines; places which make it difficult for other drivers to see road signs; lanes reserved for public transport
- Driving vehicles which have mechanisms installed aimed at avoiding police controls
- Not obeying rules of overtaking other vehicles (even if other drivers are not put at risk)
- Changing direction or reversing against traffic rules
- Driving without wearing seatbelts, helmets or other compulsory protective devices (driver or passengers),
- Riding motorbikes with underage passengers (12 years) without permission