13 Nov New modifications to the rg for circulation, rg for vehicles and rg for drivers
The Council of Ministers has just approved two Royal Decrees modifying, on the one hand, both the General Traffic Regulations and the General Vehicle Regulations and, on the other, the General Drivers Regulations. If you want to know the information about all the changes, how they affect you and when they take effect, do not miss this new article that we have prepared for you.
Minimum age required (already in force)
The Royal Decree that reforms the General Drivers Regulation introduces changes regarding the initial qualification and continuous training of those drivers destined to transport goods or passengers by road.
For freight carriers, the minimum age has been reduced from 21 to 18 years, with the requirement that the Professional Aptitude Certificate (CAP) has been approved, which lasts 280 hours. In the case of aspiring coach drivers, from the age of 18 they can do so without passengers and within a maximum radius of 50 km, and from the age of 21 and having approved the CAP, they will be able to carry passengers inside the vehicle.
Electric vans (already in force)
From now on, there will also be changes for those who have a driving license B (the car) with a minimum of 2 years old. Fulfilling these requirements, they will be able to handle electric vans with a Maximum Authorized Mass of 4,250 kg, that is, 750 kg more than to date.
In this way, we want to compensate for the extra weight of the battery pack incorporated in these zero-emission vehicles.
Greater accessibility to driving licenses (already in force)
Normally, people with problems associated with the locomotor system are not eligible for truck or bus driving licenses. The locomotor system is made up of muscles, bones and joints and, together with the nervous system, are responsible for the movement of our body.
With these new modifications and under previous individualized medical and mechanical evaluation, the possibility is established for people affected by this condition to opt for said permits.
Reduction of the maximum speed in the city (effective from 05/11/2021)
The reform of the regulation of circulation of the maximum speed allowed in urban areas. Thus, the maximum allowed is limited to 20 km / h on those streets with a single platform of road and sidewalk. On the other hand, on roads with a single lane in each direction, it is allowed to circulate up to 30 km / h, having the possibility of being increased to 50 km / h whenever the municipalities so decide and signal. For their part, roads with two or more lanes in each direction maintain 50 km / h.
The objective of this reduction responds to the new mobility modalities that are expanding in cities (scooters, bicycles …). According to a study carried out by the WHO in 2011, the risk of being run over is reduced by at least five times if the impacting vehicle travels at 30 km / h instead of 50 km / h.
Driver registration (effective as of 05/11/2021)
This new reform will allow companies that transport people and goods to access the Driver Registry online. This will make it easier to know if the workers’ driving license is valid or not through a color code: green if it is valid or red if it is not.