The DGT has issued a list of some the top reasons why drivers in Spain lose points from their licence, categorised by their severity.
LOSE SIX POINTS
- Driving with a rate of alcohol greater than 0.50 mg per litre of exhaled air. If professional and novice drivers (qualified less than two years), the limit is reduced to 0.30 mg / l.
- Driving under the influence of drugs, psychotropics, stimulants and other substances with similar effects.
- Refusing to submit to a breathalyser test or drug screening.
- Driving in a reckless manner (endangering other drivers), driving in the opposite direction or engaging in unauthorised races.
- Exceeding the speed limit by more than 50% the maximum authorised limit and by at least 30 kilometres per hour.
- Using mechanisms or instruments that inhibit traffic monitoring or radar detection systems.
- Exceeding driving time by more than 50% or reducing rest times by more than 50% of those laid down in legislation on land transport.
LOSE FOUR POINTS
- Driving with a blood alcohol level between 0.25 and 0.50 mg per litre of exhaled air. For professional and novice drivers, the limit is between 0.15 and 0.30 mg / l.
- Throwing objects on or nearby the road that could cause fires, accidents or impede other road users.
- Driving on motorways or dual carriageways with vehicles that are expressly prohibited.
- Driving a vehicle with an occupation that increases by 50% or more the number of authorised seats.
- Driving a vehicle without a licence for that vehicle.
- Driving with a suspended licence or having been banned for driving that vehicle.
- Driving negligently and putting other road users at risk.
- Failure to comply with the legal provisions on the priorities and the obligation to stop at the stop sign and traffic lights.
- Failure to comply with the legal provisions on overtaking, endangering or hindering those moving in the opposite direction and overtaking in places or circumstances of reduced visibility.
- Overtaking, endangering or hindering cyclists.
- Perform a reversing manoeuvre on motorways.
- Increasing speed or performing manoeuvres that prevent or hinder overtaking by the driver of another vehicle.
- Failure to observe the signs and signals of agents that regulate movement.
- Failure to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.
LOSE THREE POINTS
- Making the change of direction in breach of the provisions in road safety laws.
- Driving using a mobile phone, programming the browser, using headphones or other devices that reduce the attention.
- Not using seat belts, child restraints, helmets and other protective equipment.