New speed traps go after speeding lorries and people with specific speed limits

Quite a few vehicles on Spanish roads have specific speed limits. Lorries, buses, special cargo transporters or drivers with restricted speeds all have to go slower than the indicated maximum speed at certain points on the road – lorries aren’t allowed to go over 100kph on motorways, for example. The current speed traps in use can’t distinguish between different types of vehicles, and so these restricted vehicles can drive at the maximum posted without worrying Continue reading New speed traps go after speeding lorries and people with specific speed limits

Expect the speed limit to drop in the spring!

The final draft of the new traffic regulation was released yesterday by the traffic police (DGT) and is expected to be approved by the council of ministers shortly, with the changes coming into effect by the spring. All secondary and urban roads will see a large drop in the speed limit: roads currently at 100kph will drop to 90kph 90kph roads will drop to 70kph OR 50kph unpaved or single carriage roads will have a Continue reading Expect the speed limit to drop in the spring!

Almería – Málaga A7 motorway will finally open next year

It’s been over 20 years in the making, but the Almería to Málaga A7 coastal motorway will finally be finished next year. It hasn’t been an easy motorway to build, the sharp cliffs and unstable terrain has made the motorway a slow and costly affair to build. The Castillo de Baños (Polopos) – Albuñol bit will open at the end of this month in a lavish ceremony: the 15 kilometre stretch has cost a whopping Continue reading Almería – Málaga A7 motorway will finally open next year

Junta asks EU to 280M to finish off Almería’s motorways

The Junta has said it will finish off all of the abandoned motorways in the province, if the EU stumps up 280 million euros to pay for it all. Well, that’s the essence of yesterday’s statement. The plan submitted to the EU is asking for Andalucia’s share of Presidents Juncker’s massive cash spend under the known “Plan Juncker”. The EU Prezzie, you will remember, has abandoned austerity and announced he’s spending hundreds of billions of Continue reading Junta asks EU to 280M to finish off Almería’s motorways

Some traffic law changes you may not have heard about…

We’ve all seen the “big changes” to the traffic law which comes into force today. Here are some of the smaller changes you may not have heard about in the expat press: Cyclists under 16 are obliged to wear helmets in urban areas. Over 16’s or outside of urban areas, you aren’t. When overtaking a cyclist, you have to give them a minimum of 1,5 metres space, and ideally should move your vehicle into the Continue reading Some traffic law changes you may not have heard about…

Still no date on when Almanzora motorworks will resume

Another snag has hit the abandoned Almanzora motorway – the company that’s supposed to be building it has basically gone under, so works can’t resume. That’s the explanation of the Junta for why works haven’t started, despite the fact that cash has been made available in the 2014 budget. Work on the Almanzora motorway was abandoned in 2011 when the Junta ran out of cash. They tried to do a civil-public partnership, but no-one was Continue reading Still no date on when Almanzora motorworks will resume

More staff but fewer snowploughs for Almeria

The Junta has just released its two year “snow budget” for the provinces, and Almería will lose 20 machines from its fleet of anti-snow vehicles. However, we get an additional 35 staff, as part of Andalusia’s fight against unemployment. So… 20 vehicles cut, and instead an additional 35 untrained blokes with shovels. Hmm. In all, there will be 42 vehicles destined towards fighting snow, of which 7 are snowploughs, and 160 staff. They will have Continue reading More staff but fewer snowploughs for Almeria

A brief history of the first road between Los Gallardos & Garrucha

As we speed down the A370 towards Garrucha (or up towards Pedro’s petrol station at Los Gallardos) we often forget about the first ancient and twisting road between the two villages, the AL150, which heads off at the Alfaix motorway junction towards Turre. This article has been moved and updated. It is now available from this page or you can purchase the whole article in pdf format for just €1 by pressing the button below. Continue reading A brief history of the first road between Los Gallardos & Garrucha

Speed limits on secondary roads to drop to 90

All speed limits on all secondary roads in the country will be dropped to 90 kph in the very near future, according to the head of Spains traffic police. The DGT says that 80% of all road deaths attributed to crashes were on these secondary roads, which currently have a confusing mix of 90 and 100 kph speed limits depending on the width of the hard shoulder. By resetting all limits to 90kph, the police Continue reading Speed limits on secondary roads to drop to 90