1,600 lose licence in a year

15th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 August 2007, MADRID (EFE) - A total of 1,655 drivers in Spain have already lost or are about to lose their driving licence since the new points-based licence came into law in July 2006, said the traffic department on Wednesday.

15 August 2007

MADRID (EFE) - A total of 1,655 drivers in Spain have already lost or are about to lose their driving licence since the new points-based licence came into law in July 2006, said the traffic department on Wednesday.

Of the total, 551 have had their licence withdrawn and the authorities are in the process of completing the formalities to withdraw licences from the rest.

The offending drivers will be without their licence for at least six months, will have to follow 24 hours of a road safety course and will have to re-sit their test before their licence can be returned.

A total of 75,915 drivers more have already lost half their points.

Most points were withdrawn for speeding (40.6 percent), driving without a seatbelt or a safety helmet (14.8 percent), using a mobile phone (11.6 percent) and drink-driving (10 percent).

Spain has one of the highest rates of road accidents in Europe and the government hopes the new licence will help educate drivers, helping to cut the death toll on Spain’s roads.

(Copyright EFE with Expatica 2007)

Subject: Spanish news

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