As Spain’s latest fatal road accident figures are released, why are some people still reluctant to wear a seat belt?

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13th June 2024

According to the DGT data, 92 people died in accidents on Spain’s main roads in May. A total of 83 fatal accidents were recorded on Spanish roads in May in which 92 people died, latest data shows. It’s nine more fatalities than the same month last year, with traffic increasing by 6.3% compared to May 2023, with just over 39 million long-distance trips recorded. According to the national Directorate-General of Traffic DGT, eight of those…

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New Cars will be Safer from July

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4th June 2024

The European Union has imposed new regulations on road safety, which adds a total of 8 ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) devices to the current regulations. Over the last few decades, the European Union has been introducing different regulations in order to improve car safety. This has forced manufacturers to incorporate different security systems. The regulations came into force on July 6, 2022, and the European Union has decided to introduce an increase in new…

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Car market booming in Portugal

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13th May 2024

“From January to April 2024, 52.2% of new registered passenger vehicles were powered by other types of energy, namely electric and hybrid,” according to ACAP. The car market in Portugal grew 13.4% between January and April, with 89,415 new vehicles in circulation, according to ACAP – Associação Automóvel de Portugal. According to ECO, “From January to April 2024, 89,415 new vehicles were put into circulation, which represents an increase of 13.4% compared to the same…

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House prices in Spain up by 34% in the last 10 years

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8th May 2024

That figure is over 10 points higher than the average wage increase for the same period. With the price of housing in Spain having risen by 34% in the last decade, which is 10 points more than the average salary has risen, there are concerns that many are being priced out of the market. This is according to data from a report by the real estate portal pisos.com. The report confirms that a large part…

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Europe sets date for ban on diesel and petrol cars

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30th April 2024

No more new vehicles with combustion engines will be marketed from 2035 onwards, although Spain did ask for the date to be postponed. Following the adoption of the Euro 7 standard, which will come into force in 2027, the European Union has set the timetable for European roads to move away from combustion engines and cars to run on renewable energy. The new regulation sets the NOx limit for diesel at 80 mg/km, a figure…

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Changes to driving licence rules in Spain

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11th April 2024

Spain prepares to implement a sweeping change to its driving licence regulations, following recent European Parliament legislation. The European Parliament has endorsed a regulation that will soon alter the driving landscape in Spain. This pivotal move will increase the types of vehicles that can be operated by holders of a Category B driving licence, the most commonly held licence in Spain. Expanded licence privileges Under the forthcoming rules, Category B licence holders will have the…

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Rental prices at 4 year high in Portugal

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3rd April 2024

The price of homes to rent in Portugal accelerated by 11.6% at the end of 2023, the highest year-on-year variation since 2020, according to INE. 23,637 new rental contracts were signed at the end of 2023, 4.5% more compared to the same period of the previous year. Meanwhile, house rents accelerated by 11.6% in this period, a higher year-on-year variation compared to that observed in the previous quarter (10.2%) and the highest since 2020. The…

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139 people killed on roads in Spain in 2023 were not wearing a seat belt

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27th March 2024

Not belting up will result in the loss of four points off one’s licence as will not having the appropriate child restraints in place, according to the country’s traffic laws. Seat belts and child restraints are among the most effective measures to protect people from injury in the event of road accidents. Yet, although this has been scientifically proven, there are still a significant number of drivers and passengers who do not use a safety…

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Spain considers urban tolls

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25th March 2024

Is charging drivers to enter city centres the best way to alleviate traffic and pollution worries? On Monday, March 18, the Foundation for Applied Economic Studies (Fedea) proposed to the Ministry of Transport a plan to introduce congestion and pollution charges in major urban areas, similar to those in London, Milan, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Implementing urban tolls Fedea, linked with the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE), expressed disappointment that the current Sustainable Mobility Bill,…

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‘Bad parking’ cameras to come into force in March in Portugal

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12th February 2024

Cameras that detect and automatically fine poorly parked cars should start operating in Portugal in March. The system was announced in August last year. Currently, those who park outside the spaces designated for parking vehicles are only fined if a law enforcement agent passes by at the time. However, this scenario is set to change, with cameras that allow automatic fines for abusive parking, which are due to start operating in March. According to data,…

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‘Black Box’ in cars to become mandatory from June

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2nd February 2024

From June 2024, passenger cars will be required to be equipped with a “black box” similar to those used in aviation. The Event Data Recorder (EDR) becomes mandatory for all new vehicles on sale in the European Union, as established by European regulations that come into force this month. Although the basic regulation has already been in force since July 6th, 2022 for new vehicles in development, the obligation will be extended to all passenger…

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Pedestrians in Spain risk a fine of up to 200 euros if they do any of these things

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29th January 2024

Despite the acts being rarely penalised they are included in the country’s general traffic regulations. Pedestrians can be fined 200 euros for using a road crossing in Spain while the light for people on foot is still red. “A non-flashing red light, in the form of a stationary pedestrian, indicates to people that they should not start to cross the road,” the law states. However, despite it being an offence people are rarely fined for…

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