THIS IS THE RULE BY WHICH A RADAR CAN FINE YOU AT 129 KPH BUT NOT AT 128 KPH
Faced with a long journey of 3 or 4 hours on the road, one of the last things a driver wants is to be caught on radar for speeding.
According to the latest figures given by the Direccion General de Tráfico (DGT) there are 780 fixed radars in Spain ensuring that speed limits are respected and not exceeded
In theory, it should be easy to avoid being fined, all that is needed is to respect the speed limits and not exceed 120kph on motorways, 100kph on dual carriageways, 90kph or whatever is indicated according to the type of road
In practice, many drivers have their own rules, and that is to drive faster than the permitted speed limit, in which case it may be useful to know that the radars have a small margin of a few kilometres per hour above the limit shown on a particular road before the radar “takes our photo”
The rule of tolerance 7 has replaced the old rule of 10%, by which we could drive at 10% faster than the limit stipulated before being fined
It has also replaced the margin of 20kph for overtaking on secondary roads
This rule comes about because the radars are not completely 100% precise when measuring the exact speed the driver is doing, giving them a small margin of error in their favour.
To make sure the driver is not penalised when driving at the correct speed the radars will only begin to function when the driver exceeds the stipulated limit by 7%
This means that on a motorway, with a limit of 120kph, the radar will only be activated by speeds above 128.4kph
The same applies to speed limits of 110kph and 100kph,
On roads where the limit is less than 100kph this margin of 7% is not applicable, instead the margin is directly 7kms.
This means that on roads with a limit of 90kph you will only be fined if travelling at 97kph and at 60kph at 67kph and so on
Happy and safe driving
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