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Old Oct 2nd 2021, 10:45 am
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Default New traffic law approved in Spain

Changes in legislation in the pipeline -

https://english.elpais.com/spain/202...e-driving.html
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Old Oct 2nd 2021, 12:18 pm
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Originally Posted by spainrico View Post
Changes in legislation in the pipeline -

https://english.elpais.com/spain/202...e-driving.html
Good.
What is it about Spanish drivers that when they get behind a car wheel they feel the need to overtake always, or tailgate you till they can. In the street, perfect behaviour, but in a car? No mañana.
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In our local town maybe 3 in twenty drivers are texting or calling from handheld phones. I have even seen someone driving operating a laptop. None seatbelt wearing is at a similar level. A Spanish friend says it is optional in town!

What is a professional driver?
Also under the new legislation, professional drivers will have to install a breathalyzer system in their vehicles that immobilize the engine should they exceed the legal limits of alcohol levels in their blood.“ tractor drivers? Van collecting supplies for their shop?
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Worst driving I have ever seen was on the motorway near Bristol. The driver was reading a novel whilst driving at about 70 miles and hour.

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I've had one of those moments when you find out something you never knew or expected but then realise probably everyone knew it but you, and you don't know how it slipped you by.

"The final text that was passed by lawmakers in the Congress of Deputies does not, in the end, prohibit drivers from exceeding the speed limit when they are overtaking another vehicle. Currently, the latter rule allows for an excess of 20 kilometers per hour when passing on Spanish roads. This will remain in place........."
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Yet !
It is lawful across the EU for a driver to prod away and the cars info screen (newer the car the bigger they are) trying to find one of the cars functions.
No one bats an eye to this going on, yet to do the same on say an iPad ?
Just saying.
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Yet !
It is lawful across the EU for a driver to prod away and the cars info screen (newer the car the bigger they are) trying to find one of the cars functions.
No one bats an eye to this going on, yet to do the same on say an iPad ?
Just saying.
Just guessing but those information screen on modern cars are principally to do with the control/operation of the vehicle. Grant it, they are also used to operate the entertainment system and accessing the phone (hands free). Not sure if you can pull up Facebook or WhatsApp on any of these systems?

Modern phones on the other hand (packing with computing power and high-speed data connections), are more about social media and entertainment.

There lies the difference, I would say.
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Just guessing but those information screen on modern cars are principally to do with the control/operation of the vehicle. Grant it, they are also used to operate the entertainment system and accessing the phone (hands free). Not sure if you can pull up Facebook or WhatsApp on any of these systems?

Modern phones on the other hand (packing with computing power and high-speed data connections), are more about social media and entertainment.

There lies the difference, I would say.
Some years ago in Ayamonte our taxi driver was watching football on his screen whilst conveying us from town to the paradore.
Since then we have always walked.
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Just guessing but those information screen on modern cars are principally to do with the control/operation of the vehicle. Grant it, they are also used to operate the entertainment system and accessing the phone (hands free). Not sure if you can pull up Facebook or WhatsApp on any of these systems?

Modern phones on the other hand (packing with computing power and high-speed data connections), are more about social media and entertainment.

There lies the difference, I would say.
For sure but anything that needs you to take your eyes off the road should not be a function that you may need & certainly not accessed via a touch screen.
In fact the EU should legislate against this trend (IMO) on modern vehicles then it would soon stop, but make head up display a requirement.
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Don't blame the technology!

It is is down to the users of any technology to behave in a responsible way.
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Not much chance of that!
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A colleague of mine used to read the paper on his way to work ............ in the UK
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I thought was normal on the M25.
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I thought was normal on the M25.
That is because the M25 is a carpark
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