More penalties and greater security, the keys to the new traffic law

The reform of the traffic law, which the Congress has definitively approved this Thursday, aims to la review of infractions that lead to the loss of points and emphasizes the behaviors behind the wheel that are currently considered the most dangerous, such as talking on the mobile while driving.

But also not use or do it improperly the protection systems such as a helmet, seat belt or child seats, throwing objects that could cause accidents or fires such as cigarette butts or endangering cyclists when overtaking them.

In addition, it is forbidden to exceed the speed limit by 20 km / h in overtaking on conventional roads and for the first time legislation on the new means of personal mobility, like scooters, and progress is being made in protecting cyclists.

Except for some very specific measure, the law will not enter into force until three months after its publication in the BOE.

These are the keys contained in the new law

Increase the points from three to six to withdraw for driving while holding the mobile with the hand. The fine of 200 euros and a three-point penalty is maintained if the offender uses the mobile but does not have it in hand.

– Throwing objects that could cause fires or accidents onto the road or in its vicinity entails the loss of six points (previously four).

– The points that are lost for overtaking, endangering or hindering cyclists, or without leaving the minimum separation of 1.5 meters.

– Srank from three to four the points to be deducted for using or not doing it properly the seat belt, child restraint systems, helmet and other protective elements.

– Sand punishes with three points possess in the vehicle mechanisms for detecting radars or kinemometers and not only their use as it was before.

Loss of three points by keeping mobile phone devices snug between the helmet and the user’s head while driving.

– The time that will elapse without committing infractions is unified within a period of two years to recover the initial balance of 12 points, as long as the entire balance has not been lost.

– The possibility that passenger cars and motorcycles can exceed the generic speed limits on conventional roads by 20 km / h when passing other vehicles.

Mandatory helmet use for users of personal mobility vehicles, such as scooters.

– Personal mobility vehicles and bicycles and cycles may not circulate on the sidewalks and other pedestrian areas.

– From July 6, 2022, the incorporation of Anti-start breathalyzers in passenger transport vehicles (for example, school buses). Failure to comply is a very serious offense (500 euros).

– It is also considered a very serious offense “Failure to comply with the rules regarding assistance on public roadss “, which carries a fine of 500 euros.

– It is added as a minor offense (up to 100 euros) for “breaching the obligation of drivers to be at all times in a position to control your vehicle. “

– Two points of the card can be recovered for the completion of safe driving courses certified by the DGT. However, the recovery of these points will not be effective until the regulation of the conditions that such courses must meet.

– Use devices unauthorized intercom in driving tests it will be considered a very serious offense, sanctioned with 500 euros and six months without being able to appear again.

– People and merchandise transport companies will be able to access the drivers registry online to find out if their workers’ driving license is valid or not. It will only be reported in red (not in force) or green (in force).

– It may be established awareness and sensitization courses to obtain a driver’s permit or license, which may also be taught online as long as interaction is ensured through a virtual classroom.

Zero alcohol rate for minors drivers of any vehicle.


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