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.