Spain consider ending the mandatory use of warning triangles

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Spain consider ending the mandatory use of warning triangles

The authorities in Spain have drawn up plans to end the mandatory use of warning triangles on its roads. The reason for the change is that figures show a high number of accidents involving people placing the triangles on the country’s roads.

Since 1999, there has been a legal requirement in Spain to place a warning triangle at least 50 metres in front and behind the vehicle at the side of the road.

Data from the years 2015 and 2016 shows that there were 50 deaths and almost 900 injuries suffered by persons placing the triangles on public roads.

According to Mario Arnaldo of the European Automobile Association, the figures in the last few years have not been as alarming. However, he adds that he would like to see a 3 year period during which warning triangles would be phased out and replaced with V16 emergency signal lights.

For the meantime, warning triangles remain mandatory on Spain’s roads. Once the decree becomes law, it will be possible to use the aforementioned hazard lights instead.


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