Three lives a day saved by new driving licence
27 July 2006, MADRID – Three lives a day are being saved by Spain’s new points-based driving licence, according to the traffic authorities.
27 July 2006
MADRID – Three lives a day are being saved by Spain’s new points-based driving licence, according to the traffic authorities.
Pere Navarro, head of traffic, said 68 fewer people had died on Spain’s roads this month than last year, the equivalent to three deaths less every day.
In total, 225 died – a fatality figure which is a record low for Spain. "Never since there have been trustworthy statistics at the traffic authorities has the month of July seen fewer than 300 fatalities", said Navarro.
The new licence came in on 1 July and operates like similar versions that already exist in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg, where deaths have been cut by up to 40 percent.
The licence has 12 points which are reduced at different rates for varying offences.
Navarro made his comments unveiling the special traffic operation which takes place from 3pm on Friday as millions of Spaniards take to the roads for their summer holidays.
August will be the real test as to whether the points licence is encouraging more careful driving by Spanish drivers.
Foreigners who commit traffic offences can also see points put on their licences if their home countries has a points licence.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news