Road Deaths increase during 2018 in Portugal

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Jan 21

Data from the National Road Safety Authority (ANSR) indicate that 513 people died in road accidents in 2018, three more than in 2017, registering a rise for the second consecutive year in the number of deaths. The Minister of Internal Administration stated that a zero tolerance intervention in road safety will be established in 2019 following the road accident data recorded in 2018. ‘We are not satisfied with these results. The absolute priority, identified at…

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Spanish government planning to ban sale of gasoline, diesel cars from 2040

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Nov 15

The draft climate change law also includes a prohibition on the controversial method of “fracking,” and will encourage the use of renewable energies A draft law covering Spain’s approach to climate change and the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy is expected to reach Congress before the year is out. But the Ministry for Environmental Transition has already informed the country’s political parties of some of the key elements of this legislation. And among…

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New law proposed to safeguard UK citizens’ healthcare abroad after Brexit

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Nov 09

The Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill has been introduced to give the government legal powers to fund and implement healthcare deals after Brexit. The Bill seeks to safeguard healthcare for 190,000 expats and 50 million people who travel abroad every year, through agreements with the EU or member states. The Bill, brought before Parliament by Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price, will establish the legal basis to fund and implement reciprocal healthcare schemes and share necessary data after…

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Drink driving limits in Portugal

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Oct 16

The legal alcohol limit for drivers is 0.5 grams per litre of blood. If you are driving and your blood alcohol content measures over 0.5 grams per litre, you incur penalties of different gravity, varying based on the registered levels of blood alcohol content. • You are liable to a fine from 250-1,250 euros and a prohibition from driving for a period between a month to a year, if your blood alcohol level is between 0.5…

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New Universal Healthcare Law July 27 2018 FAQS – Spain

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Aug 17

We are receiving many questions about the new royal decree which was only published in the State Bulletin on the 30th of July 2018. Citizens should be aware that the various autonomous regions as well as the INSS (social security) are making preparations to put out their internal instructions to be able to implement this new law. You do have to consider that this is a huge undertaking and not something that they can do…

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Road safety: New smartphone app provides information on EU road traffic rules

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Jun 28

What is the speed limit on Spanish motorways? Do I need to wear a helmet when I cycle in Sweden? What safety equipment must I always have in the car when driving in Slovakia? From now on, holiday makers do not need to spend a lot of time searching for this information. They can have it at hand wherever they are with the European Commission’s new smartphone app “Going Abroad”. The app is available for iPhone…

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Damages Act set to give certainty in PI claim payouts in Gibraltar

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Jun 22

Personal Injury claims will in future be based on English Law the Government has proposed in a recently published Bill. The Damages Act 2018 is set to give certainty in relation to the value of personal injury claims, as well as giving guidelines in assessing their value. There has been uncertainty for those defending personal injury claims locally after two Supreme Court decisions cast doubt on whether the ‘English Method’ of assessing such claims should…

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Points system sees 59 lose drivers’ licence in Portugal

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Jun 07

A total of 59 drivers have lost their licences since the introduction of the points system two years ago. According to the national road safety association, a further 157 people have lost all the 12 points on their licences. Eight drivers who had lost all their points challenged the decision to remove their licences, with seven of them being successful in court. Overall, more than 20,000 drivers have lost points on their licences since the…

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