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Terrazas del Rodeo

Madrid

From 21 March 2022, the fines for a number of traffic offences will be increased to EUR 200, and also the number of points deducted from the driving license.

Furthermore, Municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants must establish Low Emission Zones before January 1, 2023.

The new Traffic Law toughens the penalties for using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a seat belt and for throwing objects onto the road. In addition, it eliminates the margin of 20 km/h to overtake on secondary roads, which is very likely to increase fines for speeding on conventional roads.

The new Traffic Law modifies the current sanctions:

Precept

Sanction

Distractions

Using handheld mobile phone devices while driving.

200 EUR and 3 to 6 points

Safety belt, helmet, etc.

Not using, or not using it properly, the seat belt, child restraint systems, helmet and other mandatory protection elements.

200 EUR y 3 to 4 points

Speed

The possibility that passenger cars and motorcycles may exceed the speed limits on conventional roads by 20 km/h when overtaking other vehicles is eliminated.

100 and 600 EUR and maximum 6 points

Alcohol

Underage drivers who drive any vehicle may not circulate with an alcohol level greater than 0.0, both in blood and in expired air. It is an infraction that does not change, it is still classified as very serious.

500 EUR

Cyclists

The safety of cyclists is increased by making it mandatory, on roads with more than one lane in each direction, to completely change lanes when overtaking cyclists or mopeds. In addition, the points to be deducted when overtaking endangering or hindering cyclists without leaving the mandatory minimum separation of 1.5 m are increased from 4 to 6. Stopping or parking in bike lanes or on cycle paths is also prohibited.

200 EUR and 4 to 6 points

Objects on the road

Throwing objects on the road or in its vicinity that can cause accidents or fires goes from a serious offence to a very serious one.

500 EUR and 6 points

Low Emission Zones

Not respecting the traffic restrictions derived from the application of the protocols in the event of pollution episodes and low emission zones.

The Climate Change and Energy Transition Law requires municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants to establish Low Emission Zones before January 1, 2023.

200 EUR

Fraud in the driving license tests

The use of intercommunication devices not authorized by regulation in the tests for obtaining and recovering driving permits or licenses or other administrative authorizations to drive or collaborate or assist with the use of said devices. In addition, the applicant will not be able to take the tests again to obtain the permit within a period of 6 months.

500 EUR

Anti-start breathalyzer (alcolock)

From July 6, 2022, drivers of vehicles intended for the transport of passengers by road that have an interface for the installation of anti-start breathalyzers will be obliged to use these devices.

European legislation, Regulation (EU) 2019/2144, establishes the obligation for vehicles approved as of 07/06/2022 and new registrations as of 07/06/2024 to have this interface.

 

 

Other changes:

Precept

Bikers

The use of certified or approved wireless devices is authorized for use in the protective helmet of motorcycle and moped drivers, for communication or navigation purposes, provided that it does not affect driving safety.

Recovery of card points

The period that has to elapse without committing infractions that deduct points so that a driver can recover his initial balance of points is unified in 2 years.

Until the approval of the reform of the Law, this period varied depending on the seriousness of the infraction committed. It has been simplified so that it is easier to understand and communicate.

Safe and efficient driving courses

2 points can be recovered from the card for taking safe and efficient driving courses. A Ministerial Order will develop the necessary requirements and the conditions that must be met.

These courses are becoming established as good practice and provide additional training for drivers.

 

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