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the minister of The Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska , has announced on 10 December that the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) will reduce the maximum speed limit to 30 km/h for motor vehicles in the streets of one lane in each direction of all the Spanish municipalities and in the coming months is equal to 90 km/h the roads conventional (that is to say, they are unfolded and also feature a lane in each direction), as the advanced ABC last October.

So stressed Marlaska in the Congress of Deputies on the opening of the international conference “what Of the Vision Zero-the Goal Zero? Global leadership in the improvement of road safety”; sponsored by the Commission on Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility in the Lower Chamber and organized by the Mapfre Foundation, whose chairman, Antonio Huertas, anime for investing to fight for the achievement complex that there are zero casualties on the roads.

Marlaska, who has not wanted to make statements to the media or to the input or to the output of the act, has indicated that it will not be the DGT which imposes to the cities “to a certain mobility model”, but have been their own cities (such as Madrid, Zaragoza, Malaga, Valencia, and Bilbao) that have been directed to your Ministry for approval of the limit of 30 km/h. This limit, on the other hand, according to the minister, has already been sponsored by “many cities” with their city ordinances, which affect a “major parts of their road network”.

Marlaska said that international organizations recommend the maximum time limit of 30 km/h “streets and areas of coexistence between pedestrians and motor vehicles”, because it is proven that “the risk of die in an attack is reduced to between five and eight times when the speed of impact with the pedestrian passes from 50 to 30 km/h”.

90 km/h from January 2, 2019

As already has been counting, Marlaska has endorsed that in 2019 it will match up to 90 km/h the maximum limit for cars and motorcycles on all roads (that is to say, they are unfolded and also have one lane per direction), which will affect a few 7,000 kilometres of roads with hard shoulder more than a metre and a half wide , where currently you can move up to 100 km/h. The minister said that “many european countries have been reducing the speed limit on rural roads, one-lane per direction”, which is currently at 90 km/h in 14 countries, 80 km/h in eight and 70 km/h in one (Sweden). According to forth, the minister, his department hoped that this measure will have a “major impact” on security because in these pathways has killed more than a thousand people a year.

compulsory Education

The latest package of measures put forward by the responsible of the Interior, before the director general of Traffic, Pere Navarro, who is also involved in this conference, Marlaska has said that the Government will impose the teaching face-to-face compulsory in order to obtain the driving license, in order to avoid citizens to get the card with courses, and issue with two points to those who make courses on safe driving.

with Regard to the vulnerable groups, Marlaska stressed that 46% of fatalities due to traffic accidents in Spain in 2017 were pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. “Everything indicates that, if measures are not taken, during the next few years we will have more victims out of the vehicles four wheels inside of them,” he noted, moving forward to prepare a specific meeting to work call Law of the Vulnerable , because died last year 351 pedestrians, and final drafting of plans of measures for bicyclists and motorists to be approved in the first half of 2019.

in Addition to these short-term measures, Marlaska said that his department is already working in the Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, which is in line with the european and will be approved in the last quarter of 2019, and made public his commitment that the number of deaths and serious injuries due to traffic accidents is reduced by 50% during the next decade.