Ibiza News – New traffic regulations

February 28th, 2009 - 10:00 am Posted in ibiza news | Comments (0)

After completion of construction and the official certification by the authorities responsible, the maximum speed on the main motorway from Ibiza town to San Antonio will stay at 80 kilometres per hour. This announcement was made by Antoni Armengol (Social Democrats, PSOE), the general director of the Balearic Islands Ministry of Construction. This means that the regional government has rejected Ibiza’s Island Council’s formal request to increase the speed limit to 100 km/h.

Island Council spokesperson Marga Torres (PSOE) said that with their request the council was simply addressing a concern expressed by the Spanish traffic authority, Direccion General de Trafico (DGT). Torres explained that the regular administrative channels required that the Island Council make the request. The Island Council itself, however, has no interest in having the speed limit raised at the moment. Ms. Torres further said, “We have absolutely no problem with the rejection of the proposal.”

Mr. Armengol explained his refusal of a higher limit on the four lane motorway for “constructional and legal reasons”. An increased speed limit is not compatible with the underlying norms used for construction. “Apart from that, a higher speed limit would mean more carbon dioxide emissions and more noise,” he added. All across Europe, and not just in Spain, there has been a trend over past years towards a reduction in speed limits.

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