Nor so much time has passed, but we had already forgotten that in Spain for four months the maximum speed on motorways was reduced to 110 km/h. It was during the government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapateroin the year 2011… and now history can repeat itself.
For now, the current socialist executive has classified it as “a recommendation”In the words of the minister Theresa Rivera to Telemadrid, but it could soon materialize. Cause now there’s a new justification for this measure: reduction of dependence on Russian oil after the crisis of the invasion of Ukraine.
Limit to 110 km / h on highways, an energy measure
The Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challengeowned by Ribera, is preparing a energy saving plan in the General State Administration who wants it to continue in the general population.
For this reason, it has launched some “recommendations”among which is reduce the maximum speed at which our vehicles circulate to 110 km/h instead of 120 current, with the justification that it would mean save on fuel consumptionat a time when the supply of oil is conditioned by the conflict in Ukraine. That was the motivation that also led Zapatero to apply it in 2011when the price of a barrel skyrocketed to 120 dollars (figures in which it also moves now, although the price of a liter of fuel is much higher than then).
Sundays, day without cars
The idea is not original to the Government of Spain, but has been proposed by different organizations. The last of them International Energy Agency (IEA), which advocates reducing the maximum speeds in each country by “at least” 10 km/h. But not only that, it also asks to declare how ‘car free day’ on sundays or even restrict the circulation of vehicles in cities based on their license plate….
Be that as it may, the only thing that is clear is that it would not be the Ribera Ministry that should implement this measure, since the competence to modify the speed limits belongs to Interior and Transport. What the Ecological Transition can do is advance in the electrification of the Administration’s mobile fleetmade up of more than 10,000 vehicles.
The DGT would see it with good eyes
A possible reduction of the maximum limit on motorways from 120 to 110 km/h would be very well received by the General Directorate of Traffic… at least according to what its maximum responsible, Peter Navarro, has stated in the past. He was in favor of the measure when Zapatero applied it and defined as a “missed opportunity” when he backed down.
In your case, the argument would be more that of the reduction in accidents that would bring that the purely energetic (also -to be sure- would suppose a increase in the collection of fines… ) and it would be the icing on the cake other reductions applied while driving: from 100 to 90 km/h on secondary roads and from 50 to 30 km/h on most urban roads.
Other recommendations that would be added to a hypothetical reduction in highway speed limits would be the promotion of teleworking (to reduce trips), the adaptation of work center schedules that promote energy saving or the promotion of public transport.