The new limit will affect all roads with a single lane in each direction, or single lane one-way streets.
The DGT traffic authority has announced plans to reduce the speed limit on all urban roads with just one lane in each direction to 30 km/hour, or in one way streets with a single lane. Currently most such roads have a 50 km/hour limit.
The change will come into force with the publication of the new Spanish Highway Code, el Reglamento General de Circulación, and was announced by the General Director, Pere Navarro, in Córdoba on Thursday.
He justified the measure by saying no pedestrian can survive a car at 70 kms/hour, 50% survive a 50 kms/hour impact, but 95% survive a 30 kms/hour impact.
In 2009, 286 pedestrians were killed on Spanish roads, 46% of them in towns and cities.
Staying on the road, the DGT traffic authority has released plans to allow over 16 year olds drive with an adult. They will however have had to approved the theory exam and have had at least 20 hours driving previously at a driving school.
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