the minister of The Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has said today that the Directorate-General of Traffic (DGT) is already working on the reform of the General Regulation and Circulation to establish the conditions under which it should apply the speed limit of 30 km/h in all cities .
in Addition, has announced that in the first half of next year will be ready the plans of measures to reduce accident rates by road bicyclists, and motorists , two of the most vulnerable groups along with the pedestrians.
to Protect pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists is the high priority
Grande-Marlaska has pronounced the inaugural speech of the international conference “what Of the vision zero-the goal zero? Leadership in the improvement of road safety”, organized by the Mapfre Foundation convenes today in Congress to road safety experts from Spain and different countries, as well as of the European Commission.
The owner of the Interior has recalled that the Government is working on the implementation of various measures because the recent trends in the number of victims on the roads , both in Spain as in other countries, “has not been the that we would have liked”.
“We have to act”, has emphasized Marlaska, which, however, has wanted to highlight the “revolution” that has been done in Spain in the field of road safety, although there has been a stagnation in the last four years.
Among the measures that will be launched by the DGT, the minister has wanted to begin by relating the speed and he remembered that 14 european countries have a generic limit of 90 kilometres per hour, eight of 80 km/h and one, Sweden, 70 km/h.
Precisely, Spain is one of the few that has a limit of 100 km/h , a situation that “will be corrected” over the next few months with the modification of the General Regulation of Circulation, a measure that, as has been said, it will have a “significant impact” on safety.The fatal accidents of motorcycles have increased in recent years (Omersukrugoksu / Getty)
“We have to act”Fernando Grande-Marlaska Minister of the Interior
with Respect to the speed in the cities, the DGT, has said the minister, is drafting the amendment to the General Regulation of Circulation to establish the conditions under which the limit of 30 km/h should be applied in all the Spanish municipalities.
But Marlaska has made it clear that this is not a unilateral initiative of the Ministry or to “impose a particular model of mobility”, but have been their own cities, such as Madrid, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Malaga or Valencia, in addition to various associations and groups, have been directed to Inside to ask for it.
“This shows -it has emphasized - that there is a broad consensus on the need to protect the most vulnerable in our streets”, mainly pedestrians.
Although there are also bicyclists, and motorists, along with pedestrians, account for 46 percent of all deaths in accidents, has noted the minister, who has stated that probably by the end of this year, exceeding already the number of dead in four-wheeled vehicles.
Marlaska has explained that in the case of pedestrians, it is preparing a specific meeting with authorities and experts for “put in value” the walking and to improve your security.
”The 351 pedestrian deaths in the past year justify the adoption of measures”, emphasised the minister, before announcing that in the first half of 2019 will already be completed, the plans of measures with “concrete actions and feasible” for cyclists and motorists.
Regular face to face teaching compulsory in order to obtain the card, the bonus of 2 points on the permit for conducting courses on safe driving or the impulse to standardize in-car safety systems more effective are the other measures that has enumerated the minister.
he Also mentioned the joint work with the owners of the roads, among other measures, separate lanes for different types of vehicles, install guides sound longitudinal or, in the case of the cities, “to pacify the traffic from the design”.
“The 351 pedestrian deaths in the past year justify the adoption of measures”Fernando Grande-Marlaska Minister of the Interior Area, stop exclusive of motorcycles. (KevinAlexanderGeorge / Getty)