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The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), through the Traffic Group of the Civil Guard, has joined the campaign to control vehicles for the transport of goods and people (Operation Truck and Bus) that the Tispol, International Organization Traffic Police, has launched. The purpose of this campaign is to control these types of vehicles that were involved in 11% of accidents with victims.

For a week, the Civil Guard traffic agents will influence the monitoring and control of tachographs, speed, excess weight, etc. They will check the pertinent documentation of the truck and the driver, that the driver is not under the influence of alcohol or of any drug and that the occupants of the vehicle make use of the safety belt.

The controls will be carried out at any time of the day and on any kind of roads, especially on roads where the circulation of this type of vehicles is greater. According to Gregorio Serrano, general director of traffic, “the importance of the transport of goods and people by road requires special vigilance, taking into account that both types of vehicles are larger than the rest and that, in case of accident, they are much more harmful. “

According to the DGT, the majority of accidents with victims and deceased in which trucks were involved took place on interurban roads, while in the case of accidents with buses the majority happened on urban roads. According to the data collected by the management, the main cause of accidents is the distraction behind the wheel.

It should be noted that in order to improve the road safety of road transport, the DGT will notify the General Directorate of Land Transportation of the infractions committed by reoffending drivers so that they may study the possibility that the companies that carry out the most serious faults lose the ability to operate in the market.