At the end of August we announced that Traffic was looking for someone to buy 300 speed meters to install on Spanish roads. Now, from the announcement published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) we know that the DGT is going to spend more than 600,000 euros on the purchase of 70 mobile radars.
According to the approved tender, the company in charge of supplying the measuring devices to the DGT is Saima Seguridad SS From Autobild.es we have investigated their product catalog and although they do advertise surveillance systems capable of recognizing license plates, we have not found any cinemometer that help us anticipate what the new mobile radars will be like.
70 new mobile radars
As the EuropaPress news agency anticipates, the new mobile radars will be laser cinemometers.
A few weeks ago, Traffic opened the deadline for interested companies to present their proposal to be in charge of supplying and maintaining the new set of radars with which the Traffic Group of the DGT will monitor speeding on the road.
Apparently only two companies have submitted a candidacy; the choice, according to the statement of justifications in which the purchase is made public, indicates that the choice was based on “the most advantageous offer for the body and for the general interest”.
The total budget allocated for the purchase of these 70 mobile radars is 610,678.25 euros.
for secondary roads
Although it has not yet been made public in which sections these 70 radars will be operational, which will be added to the more than 1,300 that the DGT has in operation (in the link, the location of all the fixed mobile and section radars), based on those announced on several occasions by the Director General of Traffic, it is to be hoped that the majority are destined for conventional roads.
Numerous reports reveal that it is on secondary roads where the largest number of accidents related to speeding are recorded; also the most dangerous (due to the number of deaths and/or serious injuries).
This is why in recent months the measures designed to reduce the speed at which vehicles circulate on this type of road have been chained, such as the elimination of the 20 km/h margin for overtaking (in force since March 2021) or, previously, the reduction of the maximum permitted speed from 100 to 90 km/h.
Mobile radars are mostly installed in camouflaged Civil Guard cars, although depending on their size and characteristics they can also be used attached to some element of the road.