Spain brings in new points-based driving licence

30th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 June 2005, MADRID — A new points-based driving licence was approved by the Spanish parliament bringing the country into line with many other European nations.

30 June 2005

MADRID — A new points-based driving licence was approved by the Spanish parliament bringing the country into line with many other European nations.

The number of points can be reduced if drivers commit offences.

But points can be regained if drivers go on 're-education' courses after offending.

José Antonio Alonso, interior minister, said: "With this law, with radars to control speed, campaigns to stop drink-driving and other security measures, we hope to reduce the number of accidents and initiate a zero tolerance towards traffic accidents."

The new regulations mean drivers can lose up to eight points in one day. All will have a maximum of 12, as in many other European countries.

But Spain has been criticised by drivers groups who believe drink-driving should carry an automatic ban, not just the loss of a maximum eight points.

The Internet will also be used to inform drivers how many points they have left.

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Subject: Spanish news

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