Changes were made to the Spanish traffic law
In late March, the Spanish Congress the 18. Reform of Traffic and Road Safety Act (“Ley de Tráfico y Seguridad Vial”) adopted, which will come into force in a month. It provides among others the following changes:
Closure of roads because of air pollution
The law explicitly opens up the possibility of restricting the transport for environmental reasons (as has already happened for example in Paris). This is responsible for 70 percent of air pollution in cities.
Children in the rear seats
So far, the weight and age of a child were it crucial whether and which child seat had to be used. The new law provides for it now only needs to set the size. Children who are less than 1.35 meters can no longer go forward in the car. This is now also banned for babies, even if they sit rear-facing in a baby carrier. Basically: The back seat is safer than the front seat. Carrying passengers on the front seat is only permitted when all rear seats are occupied by other children.
With the entry into force of the new law are radar detectors, that is, any means that make a radar identified and the driver warn strictly prohibited. The penalty for infringement is expected to amount to 200 Euro and the deduction of three points. Devices that prevent becoming ever flashed the radar are punished more strictly: 6,000 euros and six Punnkte. Allowed are only the devices that warn of radars that have been officially announced by the "Dirección General de Tráfico".
No mercy for drug and alcohol
It is absolutely forbidden to drive a car under the Einflus of drugs. The only exception: The substance was prescribed by a doctor, such as methadone. The saliva sample remains. Violators will be fined 1,000 euros. This also applies in the case of alcohol. If you are caught in one year repeated Alkohl, this penalty rises to 2,000 euros. Pedestrians have to undergo an alcohol and drug tests if they are involved in an accident.
Helmets are mandatory for children under 16
With immediate effect all teenager under 16 years old on a bicycle helmet law - even on the sidewalk. Another new feature is that bicycles may not be carried along by the towing, unless they hinder or interfere with the moving traffic.
Source: 09.04.2014 - Meike von Lojewski / Madrid für Deutsche