WHAT DO POINTS MEAN? FINES!!
Yes that popular catchphrase is being
changed from prizes to points with the introduction on
1 July 2006 in Spain
Similar to the
point penalties have been in place for years and following the successful
introduction of the points scheme in France
which has resulted in a significant decrease in serious road traffic accidents,
it is now Spain´s turn.
So how does it work?
Well each driver of more than 3 years experience
is allocated 12 points and those drivers of less than 3 years experience 8
points. For each driving offence, points are deducted from your allocation and
once you have nil point you lose your licence.
How long will I lose my licence for?
This depends on the driving offence but for
a string of minor offences you will lose your driving licence the first time
for six months. If you do not learn your lesson and after you regain your
licence you continue to commit offences, then the second time around you will
lose your licence for more than twelve months.
How can I recover my licence or reduce my
By being good and attending specially
designed driving classes improving your driving ability and making you aware of
the errors of your ways. By attending classes, no more than 1 every 4 years,
you can knock off 4 points. My next door neighbour who happens to be a driving
instructor is delighted at the increased work he is likely to see.
Alternatively if you behave for 3 years without committing further offences you
will be granted a clean slate.
How much will I be fined?
It depends on the offence but fines will
range from 90 to 600 euros.
Below are some of the offences for which
you will receive points.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and
Not consenting to an alcohol or drugs test
Driving in the wrong direction
Drivivng over 180 km on the motorway
Throwing dangerous objects which could
cause accidents or fire.
Failing to give way and to stop at a stop
Placing cyclists in danger
Failing to maintain a safe distance between
you and the next vehicle
Using a mobile phone whilst driving
Stopping or parking in dangerous places
Driving without using a seat belt
Minors not in a child seat
Driving without an approved helmet
For more information on the new legislation
visit this web site.
For more information on this subject, or to make an appointment for a
private consultation, please contact us at De Cotta Law, De Cotta McKenna & Santafé on:
Tel.: +34 952 931 781
Fax: +34 952 933 547