• Spain's news in English

Spain's speed camera locations to be revealed

Alex Dunham · 19 Feb 2015, 14:57

Published: 19 Feb 2015 14:57 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Driving at or above the speed limit in Spain used to entail its financial risks.

Only last September, it was revealed that the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) had secretly reduced the speed margin on cameras in a bid to fill their coffers with hefty fines.

By failing to make it public knowledge that speed cameras were taking a register of vehicles over the speed limit by 8km/h (before it was 12 to 15km/h), they raked in a staggering €384million in 2014, an average of just under€1 million a day.

The trend now seems to have been bucked by DGT director Maria Segui’s surprise decision to inform drivers of speed cameras’ locations.

“This initiative is being implemented so that drivers abide by the established speed limits, especially on stretches of road that have been identified as very dangerous,” Segui explained.

Drivers in Spain will now receive early warning of speed cameras’ presence, giving them a chance to put their foot on the brake if necessary.

They’ll also be able to view all the camera checkpoints, both fixed and mobile, on the DGT website.

Segui added that Spain is “one of the safest countries in terms of moving around” according to 2014 figures, but the sharp decrease in deaths over the past decade has now reached a plateau, with only three less road deaths than in 2013.

Story continues below…

In fact, January saw a worrying 44 percent increase in road deaths in Spain.

“Speed in and of itself is neither good nor bad, the challenge lies in managing it,” Segui concluded.  

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Alex Dunham (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Dine in the buff at Spain's first nudist restaurant
A buffet of organic food will be served on "human tables". Photo: Innato / Facebook

Spain's first naked dining experience is to arrive on the island of Tenerife following the success of a similar venture in London.

Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Photo: AFP

Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday cancelled a bullfighting ban in Catalonia in what is likely to exacerbate tensions between Madrid and the separatist region, and between animal activists and fans of the tradition.

Out of the dark: Five years on from Eta ceasefire
Eta members made a ceasefire declaration in January, 2011. Photo: Gara / AFP

Five years after armed separatist group Eta declared a permanent ceasefire, Basque journalist Alberto Letona is still wondering when the dialogue will begin.

Hunt for ten most wanted Brit fugitives hiding out in Spain
Call Crimestoppers if you recognize these faces.

These fugitives from British justice are thought to be hiding out in Spain. Do you recognize anyone?

Eta 'not dead' but Spain focus moves onto jihadism
Archive photo of a pro-mural in the Basque Country. Photo: AFP

Five years after Eta quit violence, the Basque separatist group has yet to dissolve but it poses little threat and authorities have shifted their focus to fight jihadists, says Spain's chief anti-terrorism prosecutor.

Brazilian suspect in grisly Madrid murder turns self in
Marcos Campos Nogueira is the chief suspect in the murder of a married couple and their two children. Photo: Guardia Civil/Twitter

A Brazilian teenager suspected of dismembering his uncle and aunt and killing their two young sons in a grisly crime that shocked Spain has turned himself in to police.

Spain approves equal parental leave for fathers
Photo: Rietje Swart / Flickr

Fathers will now be allowed the same parental leave as new mothers, under measures agreed by Spain’s parliament.

Napflix: Spaniards launch very boring TV channel for siestas
Photo: Dickukne / Flickr

Do you have trouble sleeping? Then Napflix is the television channel for you.

Women in Spain will 'work for free' from October 21st
Women in Spain earn 19.3 percent less than men. Photo: World Bank Collection / Flickr

Spain's gender pay gap effectively means women won't get paid for the rest of the year, according to a new report.

The Local List
Nine incredibly  addictive television series from Spain
A still from Spanish TV series Velvet. Photo: Antena3.com

As the evenings draw in, what could be better than curling up on the sofa to watch a box set?

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
Bison found decapitated on Valencia nature reserve
Forgotten Voices: What Brits in Spain think about Brexit
One dead and 14 injured in blast at Spanish resort
Game of Thrones want extras 'with muscles' to film in Spain
Thousands march in Madrid to push for bullfighting ban
Spanish team invents hands-free 'penis bidet'
In pics: Devastation caused by Costa Blanca wildfires
jobs available