Just put in the Twitter searches the words “support”, “mobile” and “DGT” to see how soon it has taken to spread the hoax that the DGT will fine for using suction cup mounts attached to the windshield to hold the mobile phone. And, of course, the indignation that it has raised among the drivers.
But no, the DGT has not said that. Nor will it say, because there is no article in the Law on Traffic, Motor Vehicle Circulation and Road Safety that specifies this. And, for more security, this is what the DGT has told us: “we do not know where this information came from, nowhere does it refer to the fact that you cannot carry suction cup supports or that it has to be a suction cup support.” gripper”.
Fines for using mobile
What the DGT wants is to reduce the use of mobile phone behind the wheel. Distractions are the main cause of accidents and this device has a lot to say here. For this reason, the latest reform of the Law on Traffic has toughened the penalties for using it.
Specifically, the use of a mobile phone is a serious infraction, for which it entails a fine of 200 euros and which can subtract between six and three points. As specified in article 76 of the Law, it will be punished “Using, holding it in the hand, or keeping it adjusted between the helmet and the user’s head, mobile phone devices while driving, driving manually using mobile phone devices in conditions other than the above, driving manually using navigators or any other means or communication system, as well as carrying radar detection mechanisms or cinemometers in vehicles”.
In it Appendix II, which refers to the deduction of points, specifies that “8. Using, holding mobile phone devices while driving” entails the withdrawal of six points from the driving license. Further down, it is also detailed that “20. Driving using any type of audio helmet or headset connected to receiving devices or sound reproducers or other devices that reduce permanent attention to driving, or keeping tight between the helmet and the head of the user mobile telephone devices while driving, or manually using browsers or any other means or communication system, as well as mobile telephone devices in conditions other than those provided for in ordinal 8”. In this case, the subtraction on the driving license is three points.
But beyond these two fines, what has spread like wildfire is that the DGT will fine depending on the support we use, which is not true.
In it article 13.2 of the Law on Traffic specifies: “the driver of a vehicle is obliged to maintain his own freedom of movement, the necessary field of vision and permanent attention to driving, which guarantee his own safety, that of the other occupants of the vehicle and that of the other road users.To this end, you must take special care to maintain the proper position and that the rest of the passengers maintain it, and the proper placement of the objects or animals transported so that there is no interference between the driver and any of them.”
Failure to comply with this is a minor infraction and is punishable by a fine of 100 euros without deducting points. That is to say, if an agent considers that the position of the mobile phone reduces “the necessary field of vision and permanent attention to driving” they may fine the driver, regardless of whether it is placed on a support with a suction cup, clamp or any other device. another type.
But keep in mind that this rule is valid for a mobile phone, a badly placed external browser, a badly placed sticker or a stuffed animal on the rear tray of the vehicle, on the trunk. It is not something exclusive to the mobile phone.
In short, the fines For which a driver can be punished for the mobile phone are the following:
100 euros: Bad placement of the mobile phone that reduces “the necessary field of vision and permanent attention to driving.” 200 euros and three points: Use it while it is supported on a support. 200 euros and six points: Hold it in your hand, regardless of whether it is being used or not.
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