The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande Marlaska, today ratified the intention of reform the circulation regulations to take into account the new vehicles in cities, such as electric scooters, and raises require insurance to cover accidents that may cause, also bicycles.
Marlaska has commented the plans of his department in declarations to the means after meeting in the seat of the Ministry with the associations of victims of traffic accident, to which it has guaranteed all the collaboration to fight against which it has denominated "road violence".
On the day you have met the death of a woman who was hit by a truck when riding an electric scooter In Sabadell, the Minister of the Interior pointed out that the Road Safety Law provides the guidelines to act after this type of accident and it will be the justice who will have to determine the degree of imprudence of the driver who committed the accident.
Another thing is, he added, the need to modify the circulation regulations to take into account these new vehicles that proliferate in the cities, initiative that already advanced a few days ago the general director of Traffic, Pere Navarro, also present in the meeting with the victims.
Marlaska has asked not to forget that the drivers of scooters and bicycles can also become "victimizers", causing serious damage to third parties, such as pedestrians, and has raised the need for the law to require insurance, "a guarantee of that the victim of any type of accident caused by these vehicles is also perfectly covered. "
The owner of Interior has not wanted to enter to assess municipal regulations that force electric scooters to circulate on the road, but has acknowledged the existing concern and the need to have a state regulation.
Marlaska has exposed to victims' associations the measures her department is studying to improve road safety, from the reduction of speed on conventional roads, where most of the incidents are concentrated, to the updating of the card by points, for punish with more strength the distractions by the use of the mobile.
Its aim is also to give a boost to the training of future drivers, with the idea that "online 'courses, not face-to-face, may not be sufficient and adequate".
Victims' associations have also urged him to revise the Penal Code and reverse the reform approved in 2015 for which many conducts were decriminalized, and Marlaska has committed to studying the matter in depth and with seriousness.
"It can not be free to kill," the president of the State Association of Victims of Accidents DIA, Francisco Canes, has stressed before the media.
The victims have also asked to increase the staff of the Civil Guard Traffic and the number of radars and suggest that when the reduction of speed on conventional roads is approved, trucks and buses have like cars the limit of 90 kilometers hour, to avoid accidents in overtaking.
The minister has acknowledged his concern about the increase in fatalities on the roads in the last four years and has warned that perhaps this may be the first year in which the most vulnerable victims, such as pedestrians or cyclists, surpass those of the occupants of vehicles.
And he is committed to working in cooperation with associations to push back those numbers: "many citizens who have been lucky not to be victims of road violence are not aware, we are, I would say, ignorant, illiterate, of what is A victim".
Next week Traffic will present its new awareness campaign and Marlaska has assured that it is ready to take on the criticism it may arouse, since it has the approval of victims' associations.
He has not wanted to advance details, but he has made progress that will be different to those made in recent years.