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Spain: Not All Repression, Carrot and Stick Approach

4
June
2012
  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Safety Statistics
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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Driving License Spain
It's nice to see that in a country like Spain, it's not all about repression. In most countries that have adopted a license point system, you get a capital of license points to start out with. When you do something naughty, like speeding, riding through a red light or crossing a white line, points get deducted from your existing points (or added, depending on the method used). Once you have no points left, you lose your license and you need to go to school to get it back.

If you have been ducted points, you get them back after a while, usually a year or two. That's the way the system works in most countries. But not in Spain. There they add points to your capital of points if you have been a good driver. 3 years into the points system, back in 2009, the government added 1 or 2 points to all drivers who had a clean driving license. This year, 6 years after the points system was introduced, they are adding another "free" point; a bonus point.

This means that good motorcycle riders (and car drivers), who started out with the 12 points, can now have 15 points... and go wild.

The reason the government is giving for this generous points gift, is that road fatalities have dropped significantly. In 2006 there were 2,601 road fatalities, in 2011 the figure dropped to 1,338.

This is a positive approach, in sharp contrast with other countries, where they maintain a repressive regime.

Via: 100X100Moto



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