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Watch your Speed!

All this week, there will be intensified surveillance on the roads of Spain which will concentrate on trying to combat one of the most deadly contributing factors to road safety, inappropriate speed. The campaign starts tomorrow, Monday, and runs through the week and weekend, culminating on Sunday evening, with every available traffic officer, supported by …

Animal Dangers

Although most drivers undergo at least the mandatory training before becoming qualified for the vehicle under their control, the same cannot be said for all road users, and one particular type are somewhat oblivious to the dangers that mixing with traffic can produce. Animals are capable of wandering freely onto the roads, and can be …

First Electric Scooter Registered

With questions still being raised over whether the more powerful electric scooters can be registered for use in Spain, we took one along to have the initial ITV inspection carried out. The vehicle we used was provided by mobility experts MABEQ, based on the Orihuela Costa and offering the sale and hire of all kinds …

Drones Approved for Issuing Traffic Fines

Having undergone rigorous testing in numerous different locations and scenarios, the use of drones has now been approved for monitoring traffic violations and, more importantly, the evidence collected by them can be used for the issuing of fines and sanctions. The announcement was made by the DGT to coincide with one of the periods which …

Happy Birthday DGT

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT), Spanish postal company Correos has released a commemorative postage stamp. The stamp, which was presented this week to the Director General of Traffic, Pere Navarro by the President of Correos, Juan Manuel Serrano, features the DGT logo and is symbolic of the road …

Shiro Donate Helmet to Injured Biker

When an N332 follower had a crash on his motorbike, he found that his crash helmet was not adequate because it was not certified for use in Spain. A lot of safety critical equipment must be homologised, and carry the appropriate credentials on a label. This standard is much like the British Kite Mark, and …

Almost Half of Road Traffic Fatalities had Consumed Alcohol or Drugs

In the latest data released relating to road traffic fatalities on the roads of Spain, it has been revealed that almost half of the drivers who lost their lives had consumed alcohol, drugs, or both prior to the incident which cost them their lives. In total, 535 drivers were killed on the roads in 2018, …

AP-7 Will be Free from January

As has been promised for a number of areas across the country, the Government has this week confirmed that the toll section of part of the AP-7 will be free from January. The Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Julián López, confirmed that the Ministry of Public Works will lift the toll on the entire AP-7 …

Simple Solution Offered to N-332 Congestion

The Ciudadanos political group believe that they have come up with a temporary solution to solve the congestion on the N-332 in Torrevieja, by adopting a method used around the country during the busiest periods. At times of expected congestion, such as summer, Easter, Christmas, the traffic department often creates temporary lanes using cones and …

Second Driver Fined for ‘Scooter’ Riding Without Licence

The second driver charged with riding an electric scooter without the appropriate licence has had the case concluded in court. In the first case, the driver was given community service, whereas in this second case the driver has suffered both a fine and a deprivation of his licence. The cases are as a result of …

Scooter Warning is Very Real

In November of last year we issued our first warning that the law would be changed in order to regulate some of the electric scooters which are becoming increasingly popular in Spain. Despite the first set of restrictions being implemented, it would appear that some people are still choosing not to believe the official information, …

British Driver flees scene of traffic death

A 66 year old Russian cyclist was killed on Tuesday in a traffic accident at kilometer 57 of the N-332 variant in Torrevieja, close...

How to Check your Points Online

The penalty points system in Spain was introduced in July, 2016, not only to penalise poor driving, but also to award those who drive safer. The system is the opposite to that of the UK, in so much as if you commit an offence you will be given points on your licence, in Spain you …

UK Considering Old Tyre Ban

A consultation period began this week which could result in new laws being rushed through the statutes in the UK, banning tyres more than 10 years old on some vehicles. If the plans get approval, the new laws could come into force as early as next year, and would ban older tyres from heavy goods …

Road Safety in Prisons

The General Secretary of Penitentiary Institutions (IIPP), Ángel Luis Ortiz and the General Director of the DGT, Pere Navarro, launched a campaign to bring road safety and driver training to those serving prison sentences. It is the seventh time the initiative has been launched, having taken a break during the austere times, and aims to …

What do the New Electric Scooter Laws Mean?

The DGT has started to regulate certain personal mobility vehicles, in order to ensure that they are used correctly and safely. Although this is not the end of the legislation, many more changes are still being considered, it does mean that there are now clearer rules for certain types of these mobility tools. The current …

Bad Week for Vulnerable Road Users

This week has seen a number of incidents involving some of the more vulnerable road users in the Alicante province, with a number of incidents, one of which proved fatal. An 80-year-old woman was hospitalised in a serious condition on Thursday after her cycle was in collision with a truck on the N-332 in Benidorm. …

On the Road this Summer

The single aim of the DGT is to reduce the rate of mortality and injury of the roads of Spain, a task they aim to do through education, and enforcement. His summer, there will be an increase in both, as the need to reverse the growing trend in incident rates is becoming more apparent. During …

The Sound of Silence

From 1 July, all electric vehicles sold in the European Union must emit a noise when travelling at 20 kilometres per hour or less. The legislation aims at making it easier for other road users, such as pedestrians, to be aware of the presence of the vehicles which may otherwise approach in silence. Generally, the …

N332 RoadWatch – Issue 18

Welcome to the latest edition of the N332 RoadWatch eMagazine. You can read this publication FOR FREE at the end of the introduction. Alternatively, if you would like to download the PDF version to add to your collection and save on your computer, tablet, or phone, then click this button below. Buy Now It´s that …

Two Hundred Thousand Tests – Three Thousands Fails

In the most recent focus on alcohol and drug consumption before driving, over 200,000 drivers were subjected to a roadside test, with over 3,000 failing. In total, during the campaign that took place earlier this month, 200,306 tests were performed on drivers to ascertain if they had consumed alcohol or drugs. For those drivers subjected …

Scooter Recall

The electric scooter company Xiaomi, one of the most popular manufacturers of electric scooters purchased in Spain, has recalled one of its products due to safety concerns. According to the company, it is some of their model, “Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter M365”, of which some 500 units have been found to be defective. The fault …

Ten Million Euro for Road Safety

According to the official state bulletin from the Spanish government, the treasury has authorised the transfer of 10 million euro to the DGT to spend on road safety. The money is going to be invested in updating and replacing some dated elements of road safety, as well as financing more equipment to keep a check …

What do the green lines painted on some roads mean?

Some areas have been testing them since January, 2017, but given their success through the trial, you might see an increase in places where green lines are painted along the side of the road. But, what do they mean? You might think they are related to parking, like yellow or blue lines indicate restrictions, or …

Smoking whilst Driving

It is currently not illegal to smoke whilst driving in Spain. However, the general consensus of a recent survey suggests it should be, if children are in the vehicle. There have been many stories shared through social media of drivers being fined for smoking, and although it is true that there are occasions when drivers …

The Spanish Number Plate System

The Spanish number plate system dates back to 1900, although the concept and layout has undergone a number of transformations since then, the latest format taking over a century later in September, 2000. Currently, the Spanish number plate is formed by the European symbol on the left hand side, in a tall band, then four …

Driver Loses 28 Points in a Week

A 34-year-old man from Galicia has had his driving licence withdrawn after losing 28 points in a single week. In the first incident the driver attempted to avoid and flee from an alcohol and drug checkpoint. A few days later he was intercepted by another patrol that subjected him to an alcohol and drugs test, …

Choosing your ITV Station

Following on from our recent article explaining some of the facts relating to the ITV inspection, one question is still continuing to crop up. The question relates to vehicles which are registered in the Valencia region and their eligibility to have the test carried out in Murcia, for example. As we explained, according to the …

Startling Increases in Criminal Behaviour

The office of the Attorney General has released advanced information relating to offences committed on the roads in 2018, revealing that alcohol and drug use is the most common crime. During 2018, the Public Prosecutor’s Office opened a total of 110,651 criminal proceedings for crimes against road safety, a figure that represents an increase with …

Drifting to Prison

An 18-year-old man, of French nationality, has been sentenced to 4 years in prison, the withdrawal of his driving licence for 16 months, and a fine of 1,000 euro for driving recklessly through the Alicante town of Elche. Neighbours in the area near calles Frasquita Vázquez and Orihuela reported the vehicle driving through the streets …

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