Spain's Interior Minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, has announced the government's intention to install variable speed limits on all Spanish motorways and dual-carriageways.
The maximum speed will vary according to weather and traffic conditions.
In an interview with TV3, the minister revealed plans to pass new traffic laws during the second half of the year. He said the government was considering reducing the speed limit on B roads from 100 km/h to 90 as this is where 80% of accidents happen, with there being a "direct correlation between speed limits and accident rates"
He also confirmed that there were plans to bring speed limits on Spanish roads in line with other European speed limits, but would not confirm whether the motorway speed limit would be raised to 130 km/h, although he did confirm that the idea is being discussed.
As well as outlining plans to put electronic variable speed limit panels on the motorways and dual-carriageways (like the ones already in place on the access roads around Barcelona) he said the same system was being considered for minor roads.
On the roads around Barcelona, where variable speed limits have been in force for some time already, the maximum speed can be reduced from 120 km/h to 60 km/h on motorways and major roads from 80 km/h to 40 km/h on secondary routes.