In preparation for the introduction of a points-based driving licence system in the next 12 months, heavier fines have just been introduced throughout Spain to combat widespread dangerous driving, including using hand-held mobile phones while at the wheel and driving without a seatbelt.

That phone-call on the road could now cost Spanish drivers up to 300 under the new road safety law which also punishes the failure to use child safety seats in cars, driving with an expired driving licence and driving a car that has not passed its roadworthiness test. Those who hoped to avoid speeding fines by installing in-car radar detection are also up for fines from between 91 to 300. Motorcyclists and their passengers who fail to wear the appropriate crash helmets face fines of similar amounts.