Drivers will lose points on their license if they drive above 51 km / h on most streets in all Spanish cities as of May 11, 2021, the day on which the maximum speed will drop from 50 to 30 km / h on one-way or single-lane roads per direction.

That new speed limit It is part of a regulatory package approved last week by the Council of Ministers and which, together, substantially modifies traffic and circulation legislation. The Government intends to generate a new road safety model aligned with the EU and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries in traffic accidents by 50% by 2030.

In this legislative package there is a royal decree on urban traffic measures that modifies the General Regulation of Circulation. This rule was published on November 11 in the Official State Gazette (BOE), and sets three generic speed limits on urban roads (currently there is one and it is 50 km / h): 20 km / h for streets of a single carriageway and sidewalk platform, 30 km / h for those with a single lane per direction of travel and 50 km / h for those with two or more lanes per direction (in the latter case, 40 km / h for vehicles with dangerous goods).

Six months

The new limits will come into force six months after the publication of that royal decree in the BOE, with which the May 11, 2021. This is so that citizens know them properly and so that public administrations have enough time to adapt the signals.

It will assume that most streets lower the cap from 50 to 30 km / h (for example, the 80% of the streets of Madrid they are one-way or one lane per way). “Experience shows us that lowering the speed from 50 to 30 km / h reduces the risk of dying as a result of a run over by five times,” said Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, after explaining this new measure, before adding that this measure “does not slow down urban traffic” and “does not impede the fluidity of circulation.”

Bus lanes or lanes reserved for taxis or other users do not count in these generic limitations. However, municipalities are allowed to lower these generic limits and exceptionally climb from 30 to 50 km / h.

Between 100 and 600 euros

Breaching the new limits will be considered as serious or very serious offense and it will imply a penalty of a fine of 100 to 600 euros and the loss of up to six points on the card, depending on the speed.

The most significant thing is that the drivers now lose points if they circulate from 71 km / h on the streets of a single lane or of a lane in each direction, since the current generic limit is 50 km / h, but they will have fewer points with 51 km / h thanks to the new rule .

Thus, driving on a street with one lane in each direction will incur a 100 euro fine when driving between 31 and 50 km / h; two points less and 300 euros if you go between 51 and 60 km / h; four points less and a penalty of 400 euros if driving between 61 and 70 km / h; six points less and 500 euros between 71 and 80 km / h, and six points less and 600 euros from 81 km / h.

The royal decree indicates that “the reduction in speed has a direct effect on reducing the accident rate of the vulnerableNot assuming, on the contrary, a greater slowdown in traffic, motor vehicles in their urban movements do not exceed average speeds that, in urban centers, are generally greater than 20 km / h “.

The Ministry of the Interior ensures that this modification it is not one-sidedInstead, cities such as Madrid, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Malaga and Valencia, as well as associations of accident victims and user groups, have contacted the department headed by Marlaska for several months to request the lowering of the speed limit from 50 to 30 km / h.

In addition, the DGT advocates applying what they call “law 80-20” to organize mobility in cities, that is, 20% of the streets support 80% of the traffic (entrances, exits and connections with boulevards), while 20% of the vehicles pass through 80% of the roads because they are passing through. It is in these streets of passage will lower the limit from 50 to 30 km / h.