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Spain’s traffic authority, the DGT, has already started to prepare for 2022 with its objective to improve safety on the country’s roads through a series of campaigns and increased surveillance.

From January, the authority plans to carry out an increased number of surveillance operations making use of all the tools at its disposal which includes more radars and drones.

The DGT has invested even more money in these forms of devices adding 26 new fixed radars (Radares Fijos) and 16 speed cameras (Radares de Tramo). It is not known at this time how many new drones there will be, however, this is a method the authority has used extensively in recent years and it looks set to continue.

The announcement was made by the Director of the DGT, Pere Navarro, who said that the new campaigns which will run between 2021 and 2030 aim to decrease the number of deaths on Spanish roads by up to 50%.

The increase in the number of cameras and other surveillance equipment is also bad news for the owners of cars that have not passed their ITV roadworthiness test.

Recent data from the Spanish Association of Collaborating Entities of the Administration at the Technical Vehicle Inspection (AECA-ITV), suggests that around 32% of vehicles in Spain failed their annual ITV or at least, didn’t pass it correctly.

Latest figures from the AECA-ITV show that of the 28.6 million vehicles which had to take an ITV test, only 19.6 million actually passed. The authority believes that these figures will continue to rise and are likely to reach a whopping 40% by the end of 2021.

20 kmh overtaking margin will not be abolished

In September, the DGT proposed that the current limit of 20 kmh when overtaking another vehicle on a secondary road (Carreteras Convencionales), should be abolished.

However, in October, this was overturned by the Council of Ministers, which means that drivers will not be fined for breaching the speed limit by up to 20 kmh when performing an overtaking manoeuvre.

Mandatory insurance for scooter owners

Another group of road users who have been the focus of the DGT in recent months are those who circulate the country's towns and cities on electric scooters.

The rapid rise in this mode of personal transportation has meant that there has been a greater number of incidents involving them.

It is a debate that has been raging for some time, however, the DGT ultimately aims to regulate these vehicles once and for all and make sure that the wearing of a helmet becomes mandatory along with the requirement to be fully insured to cover any damage to third parties.

Despite 200 euro fines for riding a scooter or bicycle on the pavement, many riders are still choosing to flout the rules. As a result, the DGT is expected to increase their surveillance operations and sanctions for bike and electric scooter users in 2022 to reduce the numbers that choose to circulate on the sidewalks.