A-7 limit is reduced to ‘cash in’ on fines

MIJAS Council accused the government of introducing a lower speed limit on a busy road to ‘cash in’ on speeding fines.

The Public Works Ministry reduced the speed limit to 80 kph on the 24 kilometre stretch of the A-7 between Marbella and the Calaburra lighthouse in Mijas Costa. This comes just days after the national speed limit on Spain’s motorways was increased back up to 120kph.

A Mijas town hall spokesman described it as “truly shameful” and said the ministry wants to “punish Mijas, as the A-7 is the main connection between Las Lagunas, La Cala and the town’s main urbanization”. The President of the United Association of Mijas Urbanizations believes said: “If the (already) high number of vehicles on this road is now going to be driving slower, this will lead to collisions and tailbacks on slip roads”.

The introduction for the lower limit aims to increase road safety on one of the Costa del Sol’s most dangerous roads, according to Provincial Traffic head Trinidad Hernandez. But Marbella Mayor, Angeles Muñoz questioned if this meant that “for all these years it has been dangerous for drivers to drive at the previous speed limit.”

Mijas Mayor, Angel Nozal, announced he has written to the ministry demanding the 100kph speed limit be reinstated.

Meanwhile, Mijas Costa business owner, Susan Leighfield from Bournemouth said people are ignoring the new speed limit. “It will cause more accidents, they should have announced the change before introducing it,” she said.

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