Minimum age for riding a moped to rise to 16

28th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 June 2006, MADRID — The government said on Wednesday it is to raise the minimum age for driving a moped from 14 to 16.

28 June 2006

MADRID — The government said on Wednesday it is to raise the minimum age for driving a moped from 14 to 16.

Riders will also have to pass an examination which will be obligatory.

The interior minister Alfedo Pérez Rubalcaba announced the move as part of a road safety plan.

It comes as Spain prepares to introduce a new points-based driving licence from Saturday 1 July.

Rubalcaba said this year the number of people who lost their lives in road accidents fell by 49 so far this year compared with the same period last year.

And the number of people who died in the same period fell by 1,000 compared with 2003.

But the government is to continue with its plan to reinforce road safety laws with extra police patrols, targeted operations and specially-trained judges and lawyers to deal with traffic cases.

Over the Easter Week, 108 people were killed on the roads in Spain.

And a third of work deaths are caused by traffic accidents.

Up until the 22 June, the number of people who died in road crashes was 1,453, compared with 1,502 in 2005 – a fall of 3.26 percent.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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