In an effort to reduce the number of road accidents in Spain, new laws will come into force across the country on 11 May, drastically reducing the speed limit on city streets. On 10 November 2020, the Council of Ministers approved a package of legal reforms aimed at reducing the number of road deaths and serious injuries by 50%.
The speed will then be:
- 20 km / h on roads with no difference in height between road and pavement (single ramp)
- 30 km/h on roads with a single lane in both directions
- 50 km/h on roads with 2 or more lanes in each direction.
To encourage and help municipalities to effectively apply the amendment to the General Traffic Regulations, a Handbook for the application of the new speed limits on urban roads and intersections is being distributed this month.
In addition to making city streets safer, noise pollution could be reduced by as much as 27 percent, according to a report by the DKV Institute for Healthy Living. Moreover, NO² levels would also be significantly reduced.
“It is clearer than ever that we need safer and more welcoming streets for cyclists and pedestrians. This will bring health and environmental benefits, and well-executed 30km/h zones with appropriate infrastructure will help calm traffic flows and separate vulnerable users from motorised traffic “, said the director of the European Transport Safety Council Antonio Avenoso