So, 2019 is just around the corner and as well as new resolutions, new plans for the forthcoming 12 months and new goals to attain, there will also be new rules and regulations to follow.

From January, the DGT (General Directorate of Traffic) will be introducing five new security measures to help combat distraction and speeding – two elements that have worsened in the last 12 months, particularly regarding the number of accidents and deaths on the road.

The changes are as follows:

  1. Driving license – The tests you have to pass to obtain your driving license will be stricter and much harder to pass. However, now with a B permit, you will be allowed to drive a greater number of vehicles, with more weight and larger in size-
  2. Speed limit – From January, the speed limit on roads where the maximum is currently 100km/h will reduce to 90km/h. The possibility of reducing the maximum speed in city centres to 30km/h is being studied.
  3. Points – Changes will be made to how many points are lost when committing certain infractions. For example, if caught not wearing a seatbelt, you will lose four points instead of 3.
  4. Distractions – This is a big one … Using your mobile phone whilst driving will cause you to lose 6 points from your license if you are caught. This will be considered a very serious offence.
  5. Recuperating points – it will be easier to recuperate points that you have lost from your license. At the moment, the maximum number you can get back in one go is six. This will increase to eight.