Feeds

Spaniards bemoan 'joke' speed limit cut

'They're winding us up'

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Spanish drivers are less than impressed with a "temporary" reduction of the maximum speed limit on motorways from 120 to 110 km/h, which came into force today as a measure to reduce petrol imports by five per cent a year.

Speaking to RTVE, a disgruntled motorist summarised: "It's a joke, they're winding us up."

An octogenarian speed merchant described the limit as "a load of rubbish", while one Juan Carlos asked: "What difference is there between driving at 120 or 110? This new law is a cock-up. I don't think this will make any difference, and I'm going to drive at the same speed as before."

Motorway operatives had this morning already stuck 6,100 "110" stickers over 120km/h signs along Spain's major arteries, and these will be up until 30 June, although the government has said the reduced limit could be extended "according to the situation in the energy market".

Those wishing to express their disgust at the government via the accelerator pedal face fines ranging from €100 for hitting between 111 and 140 km/h, to €600 for exceeding 180 km/h.

Anything over 150 km/h will also cost drivers points on their licence, ranging from two for clocking 151 to 170 km/h, to six for 181 to 191 km/h. Anyone clocked at 192 km/h and above will earn themselves a day in court.

Despite widespread anger at the government's bold austerity measure, RTVE did manage to find a few supporters. One responsible citizen offered: "Personally, I think it's a good idea and they should reduce it further to save petrol and to make the roads safer."

This argument is unlikely to cut much ice with F1 driver Fernando Alonso, who was quick to criticise the new limit and warned it was so low that drivers could nod off from boredom, with fatal consequences. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
'Some might find this idea offensive' boffin admits
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago
Human spacecraft dodge COMET CHUNKS pelting off Mars
Odyssey orbiter yet to report, though - comet's trailing trash poses new threat
You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data
Hear that, 'data journalists'? Our analytics prof holds forth
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.