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How to Lose Points

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

  1. 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.
  2. Driving under the influence of drugs, psychotropics, stimulants and other substances with similar effects.
  3. Refusing to submit to a breathalyser test or drug screening.
  4. Driving in a reckless manner (endangering other drivers), driving in the opposite direction or engaging in unauthorised races.
  5. Exceeding the speed limit by more than 50% the maximum authorised limit and by at least 30 kilometres per hour.
  6. Using mechanisms or instruments that inhibit traffic monitoring or radar detection systems.
  7. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Throwing objects on or nearby the road that could cause fires, accidents or impede other road users.
  3. Driving on motorways or dual carriageways with vehicles that are expressly prohibited.
  4. Driving a vehicle with an occupation that increases by 50% or more the number of authorised seats.
  5. Driving a vehicle without a licence for that vehicle.
  6. Driving with a suspended licence or having been banned for driving that vehicle.
  7. Driving negligently and putting other road users at risk.
  8. Failure to comply with the legal provisions on the priorities and the obligation to stop at the stop sign and traffic lights.
  9. 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.
  10. Overtaking, endangering or hindering cyclists.
  11. Perform a reversing manoeuvre on motorways.
  12. Increasing speed or performing manoeuvres that prevent or hinder overtaking by the driver of another vehicle.
  13. Failure to observe the signs and signals of agents that regulate movement.
  14. Failure to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

LOSE THREE POINTS

  1. Making the change of direction in breach of the provisions in road safety laws.
  2. Driving using a mobile phone, programming the browser, using headphones or other devices that reduce the attention.
  3. Not using seat belts, child restraints, helmets and other protective equipment.

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