Spain’s Congress of Deputies has given approval to a measure that makes it a crime to use a GPS device while driving. The provision has appeared as part of a broader measure designed to update the traffic code with measures that encourage motorists to pay fines without challenge.
Radar detectors are already illegal in Spain, but because satellite navigation devices come as factory options on most modern vehicles, officials could not easily outlaw their ownership. Instead, government ministers proposed to restrict GPS use since the devices are increasingly being loaded with maps that warn motorists of locations where speed cameras are in use.
According to the new legislation, ‘Driving using helmets, headsets or other devices that reduce the emphasis on driving or manually using mobile phones, navigation devices or any other communication system’ earns three points on a driving license and a US$277 (Euro 200) fine.