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The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) constantly reminds drivers of how to circulate correctly without endangering the safety of people. The speeding it is a very important and delicate factor. According to AEA (Associated European Motorists) in 2020 a total of 2,460,056 were issued fines, an increase of 17.46% over the previous year. But not all drivers drive recklessly and not all radars get it right the first time.

Radars are becoming more precise and sophisticated, but they ultimately have their gaps. This has been made clear by one last sentence against the DGT.

A driver traveling at 152 k/h along the highway A-52 km 257,5 of the province of Ourense he was fined for speeding when he exceeded the 120 k/h that were allowed. This act resulted in a fine of 500 euros and the loss of 2 points of the card.

The owner of the vehicle decided to take the DGT to court in 2018 alleging the existence of a “failure” in the margin of error that all radars must have, requesting a reduction in the penalty. Today, the resolution of the sentence has come to light.

The owner of the vehicle defended that when he was circulating on the highway, the radar that captured him did not apply the corresponding error margins and the photograph that they took of the car was insufficient. Ensuring that it is practically impossible for the vehicle to circulate parallel to the radar so that it can correctly apply the margin of error without any failure.

If the corresponding margin of error is not applied, the interested party may avail himself of the order of the right to defense. This has been how the driver has shown that radars do not always have a correct margin of error, winning the sentence in front of the DGT and reducing the fine to 100 euros without loss of points.

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Error range

Radars are prepared to measure the speed of vehicles when they pass through a certain section of the road. Although they are quite accurate, they have a margin of error that causes them not to adjust to the actual speed of the vehicle.

The amount of the fines will depend on the speed at which the offense was committed, the road or highway on which it is circulated, the margin of error or the type of radar (mobile, fixed …).

The lightest fine is 100 euros and it would not entail loss of points for the driver and the most serious can amount to 600 euros plus the withdrawal of 6 points of the card.

The radars of the General Directorate of Traffic have a margin of error of 7 km / h when the speed limit is 100 km / h or less. The measurement system varies when we drive on highways or motorways. In other words, when a speeding fine is imposed, the radar must have already applied that margin, otherwise the amount to be paid would be completely annulled or a percentage would be reduced.

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