Van and lorry drivers in Spain – take note!

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MANY PEOPLE have been confused by the speed limits on Spanish roads, which is why one of the most recent changes to the law sought to create standardisation.

However, despite this, the maximum permitted speed limit is actually determined by three factors, the road, the vehicle and the driver.

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Last week, Spain joined most countries in the European Union focussing on some of the bigger vehicles that move through the continent’s road network, namely lorries, buses and vans.

Distraction is one of the main causes of incidents involving this type of vehicle, and with 13 per cent of all incidents involving a van, 11 per cent involving a lorry, the importance of campaigns like this is clear.

According to the most recent data published by the European Road Safety Observatory (ERSO), in 2016, approximately 4,000 people died in a traffic incident involving a cargo vehicle of more than 3.5 tonnes and there were 600 incidents in which a bus was involved.

The average mortality rate in the EU in incidents related to heavy vehicles is 8.1 per million inhabitants and 1.2 per million inhabitants for bus or coach incidents, which in the case of Spain is 6.1 and 1.4 respectively.

In 2017, vans were involved in 11,150 injury incidents in which 243 people died. Regarding lorries of more than 3,500 kg and buses, they were involved in 6,351 incidents with victims, in which 364 people died.

Since January, 2019, the maximum permitted speed on conventional roads is 90 kilometres per hour, where no other restriction is enforced, although there are further restrictions for these types of vehicles.

Trucks, articulated tractor trucks, vans, motor homes with a maximum authorised mass exceeding 3,500 kg, articulated vehicles, cars with trailers and other vehicles are limited to a maximum of 90 kilometres per hour on the motorway, and 80 kilometres per hour on conventional roads.

Buses, vehicles derived from cars and adaptable mixed vehicles are restricted to a maximum permitted speed of 100 kilometres per hour on motorways and 90 kilometres per hour on conventional roads, although other restrictions also apply, such as if they are carrying standing passengers or operating as school buses.

For cars, this limit is 120 kilometres per hour on motorways and 90 kilometres per hour on conventional roads.


  1. How utterly ridiculous is it to have more than one speed limit for a single road? How can cars travel at one restricted speed while vans and trucks travel at a restricted lower speed? Car drivers will automatically feel the need to overtake the larger vehicles, instantly, and automatically, creating a dangerous situation.
    All modern vehicles are perfectly capable of maintaining the upper restricted speed limit on all roads, even motorways, perfectly safely, without creating different rules between them. Older heavy vehicles which cannot maintain the limit, especially up hills, are usually instantly recognisable, if only by their slower rate, and other drivers can react accordingly, i.e. sit back until it is safe to overtake, or, maintain their own speed and overtake if it is safe to do so.
    This is, yet another attempt, by a cash-strapped government to create artificial dangers so they can monitor the favourite passing areas and trap motorists into paying a hefty “speeding” fine.
    Try concentrating on the unlicensed, drunken, drug-addled drivers who cause these accidents, rather than persecuting the ordinary ‘safe’ drivers.
    ¿Qué tan ridículo es tener más de un límite de velocidad para una sola carretera? ¿Cómo pueden los automóviles viajar a una velocidad restringida mientras que las furgonetas y camiones viajan a una velocidad reducida? Los conductores de automóviles sentirán automáticamente la necesidad de adelantar a los vehículos más grandes, instantánea y automáticamente, creando una situación peligrosa.
    Todos los vehículos modernos son perfectamente capaces de mantener el límite de velocidad restringido superior en todas las carreteras, incluso en las autopistas, con total seguridad, sin crear reglas diferentes entre ellos. Los vehículos pesados ​​más antiguos que no pueden mantener el límite, especialmente en las cuestas, generalmente son reconocibles instantáneamente, aunque solo sea por su velocidad más lenta, y otros conductores pueden reaccionar en consecuencia, es decir, sentarse hasta que sea seguro adelantar, o mantener su propia velocidad y alcance si es seguro hacerlo
    Esto es, aún otro intento, por parte de un gobierno con escasez de efectivo para crear peligros artificiales para que puedan monitorear las áreas de paso favoritas y atrapar a los automovilistas para que paguen una considerable multa de “exceso de velocidad”.
    Trate de concentrarse en los conductores sin licencia, ebrios y drogadictos que causan estos accidentes, en lugar de perseguir a los conductores “seguros” comunes.


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