Slow down in Spain

LAST UPDATED: 1 Mar, 2011 @ 10:34
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Slow down in Spain

SPAIN has reduced the national speed limit in a bid to cut back on fuel.

The decision to lower the motorway speed limit from 120 km/h to 110 km/h comes after the disruption in Libya and other Arab states has sent the price of crude oil soaring.

Against fears of a supply crisis, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, deputy prime minister, announced the temporary energy-saving measure last Friday.

He explained it would be linked to the duration of the “emergency situation” in North Africa.

“We’re going to go slower and, in exchange for that, we’re going to use less petrol and we’re going to pay less money,” he said.

The speed reduction, which could cut petrol consumption by 15 per cent, comes into effect on March 7.

Short and medium distance rail fares will also be reduced to encourage more people to use public transport.

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  1. Well, the Bentley will definitely be going now:) I think this has nothing to do with the north African fuel problems, it´s just another excuse to take the advice from the UK and impose speeding fines to prop up the economy. Watch out on 7 March, the Guardia Civil will be out in force with their speed guns, filling the coffers with easy money. Mr Bean has been learning from his money grabbing croneys in the EU very well, despite his lack of language skills. Money talks in every language….

  2. There is an excellent device called Coyote that uses GPS signals to warn drivers of all fixed speed traps and a lot of mobile units as well. When people see a mobile camera they can upload it’s location in real time in order to warn other motorists. It is a lot cheaper than a speeding fine and 100% legal in Spain. I highly recommend this product and hope that if enough people start using it, the police will give up trying to extort money from motorists. If you disagree with me you are just jealous and probably have a rubbish car.

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