2023 will be a busy year for the Directorate-General for Transport (DGT) and drivers due to the numerous changes that the new traffic law will bring in 2022. The DGT has already published the regulatory changes that came into force in the first months of last year as well as the new standard to pass the ITV in our vehicles.
The unit led by Pere Navarro has drastically reduced the number of accidents on Spanish roads 2021 was a great year in terms of the death toll in Spain, and 2020 was marked by the pandemic.
Motorways and expressways in Spain are becoming safer, and last year’s data reflects this remarkable drop in deaths. However, there are still problems to be solved, such as, especially for heavy vehicles, the famous dead ends.
DGT works hard to control all possible violations and avoid speeding that endangers road safety. There are sections where the limit values are usually not complied with, for example in plants. And they are very dangerous because sometimes we don’t see the machines, we think that nobody is working, and we want to reach the usual speed, although at any moment an incident could happen and then it will be too late.
This new speed detection method has been in use since September 2022, and there were 3,400 fines in a test week. In terms of collection, this is a sure hit for the DGT, but the main thing is to avoid accidents, so the construction radars will remain. Yes indeed. In the event of a jam, a sign must be in place advising that a radar is in place at the beginning of the restricted section and reminding us of the speed limit.
What the Directorate-General for Transport has installed are both fixed and mobile radar booths in the sections under construction. Some will warn you with a lighted speed sign with an angry red face or a smiling green face, much like what we’re already seeing in some cities. In any case, it is important to stay within the limits as operators may be working in areas with poor visibility at any time.