Saturday, May 22, 2010

Changes to the traffic laws

There are new traffic laws coming into effect on May 25th which will bring major changes to the way motorists in Spain are fined.

1, Under the changes to the law, anyone caught committing a traffic offence can be notified of the offence via email.

2, The changes will also see the maximum fine for minor offences rise to 100 Euros and the fine for serious offences rise to 200 Euros. Very serious offences could incur fines of up to 500 Euros.

3, Drivers who are fined will receive a 50 per cent discount if they pay within 20 days and they can also pay the fine on the spot using a credit card.

4. Changes in the legislation mean that offences which automatically incur a loss of points have been reduced from 27 to 20 and drivers will no longer face the temporary removal of their licences.

5. However, anyone caught riding a bicycle at night without lights will be fined 100 Euros and the 'margin of error' allowed for police radar traps has now been set between three and 10%.

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