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Speed limits fall to 90 kilometres per hour after New Year
28 December 2018 @ 17:18

SPEED limits on secondary roads will drop to 90 kilometres per hour in the first few days of 2019 – it’s official.

Spain’s traffic authorities had considered reducing the limit from its current 100 kilometres per hour on main non-motorway inter-urban highways – most of which are single carriageway only – in line with other European countries such as Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Croatia, which are now at 90, and France, where it is 80, but is set to approve the law change today (Friday), making it a certainty.

The vast majority – 77%, in fact – of road crashes involving deaths are on secondary, single-carriageway highways, mostly due to either vehicles veering off the edge or being driven too fast.

According to the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) led by Pere Navarro and to interior minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, a 30-day stay of grace will be given for speed limit signs to be changed using giant stickers – the method used in 2011 when motorway speeds dropped briefly from 120 kilometres per hour to 110 in response to a spike in fuel costs.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com



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markmyword said:
29 December 2018 @ 16:41

This is a welcome move. But having lived here for 18 years, I can safely say that the driving standards are amongst the worst in Western Europe.

A reduction of 10 kph is helpful, but driver training and education needs to be improved drastically to cut the high number of road deaths and injuries.


DJF42 said:
30 December 2018 @ 14:04

Totally agree with you markmyword.
I took and passed the advanced drivers course in the UK and I am so glad I did. The skills taught have helped me keep away from some hairy situations since driving in Spain from 2008.
Ironically, the theory part of the Spanish test is reputed to be the most difficult in Europe, it's a pity the same standards aren't applied to the practical side.


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