The Council of Ministers approved this Tuesday the new Circulation Regulation that remained in the drawer after the electoral repetition and was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The General Directorate of Traffic will lower the speed of urban traffic. Specifically, the limit will be 30 kilometers per hour in those that only have one lane in each direction, as government sources have confirmed to elDiario.es. The objective of this measure is to reduce mortality in urban accidents.
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In the case of those roads that have more than one lane in each direction, it will remain at 50 kilometers per hour. This type of artery or perimeter rings constitutes 20% of the urban layout and supports 80% of the traffic and will be reduced to 20 kilometers per hour on roads that have only one carriageway.
“There will be bike lanes at the entrance and exit to cities, on 20% of roads that support 80% of traffic and on the north-south and east-west axes; in the rest, all at 30”, anticipated the director of the DGT, Pere Navarro, in an interview on elDiario.es. According to the DGT itself, a 2011 WHO study on collisions and speed established that the risk of dying as a result of a collision is reduced by at least five times if the speed of the impacting vehicle is 30 km / h instead of 50. In addition, reducing the serious accident rate reduces noise (according to a report by the DKV Institute, from 33% –at 50 km / h– it would go down to 6%) and nitrogen dioxide levels, according to data compiled by Interior.
The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, defended when announcing this reform of the General Circulation Regulation in Congress that it does not try to “impose a specific mobility model”, but rather several cities, such as Madrid, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Malaga or Valencia , in addition to different associations and groups, had requested it. “This shows – he has emphasized – that there is a broad consensus on the need to protect the most vulnerable users of our streets,” he said. Despite the reduction in victims on the roads, Grande-Marlaska assured that it was not the evolution that they “would have liked.”
The intention of the Government was also to include in the new regulation the rules relating to Personal Mobility Vehicles (VMP), such as electric scooters, which were collected in a generic instruction which included the prohibition of driving on sidewalks, the obligation to submit to the breathalyzer test or the use of reflective clothing in the case of night driving, among others.