In a press conference today, Pere Navarro, the head of the Spanish traffic authority (DGT) explained its administration is seriously studying a new law to fine drivers using their GPS navigation systems while their vehicle is in motion. The fine could be â‚¬300 as well as three points removed from the driving license.
Using a mobile phone when driving is forbidden in Spain and Pere Navarro explained that using a navigation device should be the same. DGT estimates that 1.3 million GPS navigation devices will be sold in Spain in 2007. According to a study done by the DGT about half of car accidents in Spain are caused by driver’s distractions.
This is the second time since the beginning of the year that Pere Navarro targets GPS navigation as a cause of driver’s distraction during public speeches. The probability of a new law is now higher than ever.
The DGT also intends to contact GPS navigation manufacturers asking them to modify their software in order to prevent its use while the vehicle is in motion.
GPS Business News published a large feature about GPS and road safety legislation in Europe a few months ago. It is available here.