Tuesday, August 01, 2006

El carnet por puntos ha reducido en su primer mes la mortalidad en un 20 por ciento

The story from Europa Press quotes Minister of the Interior Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba stating that traffic deaths during July, the first full month of the points-based licence, have fallen 20%. July was the first month in many years where less than 300 people have died on Spanish roads.

The decline in road traffic deaths was least marked in Galicia, North-West Spain. Asked about this the minister said that the road network in Galicia is a 'special case'.

As a former holder of a UK licence, I can agree that wallying around on few points tends to improve behaviour. It seems the Spanish are very attached to their driving licences, and don't wish to jeopardise the freedom of movement this gives them. Not least because most have to drive to work.


Grumpy Goat said...

former holder?

I thought the British driving licence remained valid up to the holder's 70th birthday. It is theoretically possible to drive for 53 years without ever being required to take a test of ability or eyesight.

El Casareño Ingles said...

Ah! Would that it were so. The new plastic (photo ID) UK licences only last for ten years.

I any case I exchanged mine for a Spanish one - it makes for an easier life with the Guardia Civil.

Spanish licences also last for ten years. I´m told that the only EU country left whose licences last longer than 10 years is Belgium.