The DGT puts the new Spanish traffic law into force this Monday, March 21

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The DGT is bringing the new Spanish traffic law into force this Monday, March 21. picture: guardia civil

The new DGT law on traffic, motor vehicle traffic and road safety will come into force this Monday, March 21

This Monday, March 21, the new Spanish traffic law will come into force. the General Direction of Traffic (DGT), through the Guardia Civil Traffic Police, will implement this whole series of new and amended laws relating to the general use of roads in the country.

The new law on traffic, motor vehicle traffic and road safety applies to all road users, including those who drive scooters or bicycles.

Here is a brief description of the new laws and the penalties they will incur:

Mobile phone

For the use or even the possession of mobile telephone devices while driving, 6 points will be deducted, instead of 3 currently. The financial penalty remains at €200.

Safety belts and child seats

This includes other mandatory protective elements, such as the helmet. The loss of points changed from 3 to 4 for not using them, but, in addition, not using them correctly is now included. The fine remains unchanged at 200 euros.

Cyclists and mopeds

It will be compulsory to change lanes when overtaking cyclists or mopeds when traveling on roads with more than one lane in each direction. On single lane roads you must maintain the minimum lateral separation of 1.5 meters, otherwise you will lose 6 points (previously it was 4). The fine will remain €200.

It is also forbidden to stop or park in a cycle lane or on cycle paths. Failure to comply is considered a serious violation.

Throw objects on the road

Any object thrown on the road, or its surroundings, which could cause an accident or a fire, will be deducted 6 points instead of 4 currently. This is considered serious misconduct, and results in a penalty of €500.

Recovery of lost points

A period of two years must pass without committing any further violations to recover the initial point balance. Until now, this period varied according to the seriousness of the offense committed.

Safe Driving Course

Additional training is encouraged, as with the new law two points will be awarded by DGT to a driver who completes a safe and efficient driving course. The requirements of these courses and the procedure will be regulated by a ministerial order.

Youth, alcohol and drugs

The legal alcohol level in the blood or in the exhaled air will be zero for underage drivers of any type of vehicle (mopeds, microcars -AM license-, motorcycles up to 125 cc (A1), bicycles and personal mobility, which include scooters). Similarly, driving under the influence of narcotics is prohibited.

Breathalyzer unit

These will be mandatory for passenger road transport vehicles registered after July 6, 2022. The law requires the installation of an interface so that an Alcoholock device can be retrofitted. From this date, new homologated cars will have to include ten driver assistance systems.

Exceeding

Passenger cars and motorcycles are prohibited from exceeding speed limits on conventional roads by 20 km/h when overtaking. This change has generated a lot of controversy because there are many detractors because of the additional risk it may entail.

Radar detectors

Radar detectors and inhibitors are expressly prohibited, clearly distinguishing them from warning devices. Carrying them in the vehicle – even if not in use – will result in a penalty of €200 and a loss of 3 points.

Many other actions are incorporated into the new DGT traffic law. For example, not respecting traffic restrictions when protocols are applied in the event of pollution episodes and low emission zones (ZBEs will be compulsory in municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants from 2023). This incurs a fine of €200.

Cheating in exams to obtain a driving license will also be punished by a fine of €500 if intercoms not authorized by the regulations are used during the tests. Any guilty candidate will not be able to retake the test within 6 months.

Cyclists who do not respect minor safety rules will be fined 100 euros. Users of scooters and other personal mobility vehicles (PMVs), are banned from driving on highways and highways, and cannot drive on sidewalks or pedestrian areas, as reported larazon.es.

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