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60th Anniversary of the DGT

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About 60th Anniversary of the DGT

Since 1959, the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) has ensured safety on Spanish motorways and roads.

As the slogan of its 60th anniversary shows (Advancing with Safety), the DGT has been adapting to traffic needs over these six decades.

At the end of the 19th century, the traffic level in Spain experienced accelerated growth, especially in large cities, which led to the need to control and regulate this new phenomenon.

For this reason, the Reglamento para el Servicio de Coches Automóviles por las Carreteras del Estado (Regulation for the Service of Automobile Cars on State Roads) was approved in 1900. In 1935, one of the greatest milestones in the history of Spanish traffic was achieved—the creation of the Spanish Highway Code, which covered all the regulations regarding motor vehicle traffic and road safety until the Reglamento General de Conductores (General Regulation on Drivers) in 2009.

But it was not until 1959 that all of the bodies relating to traffic were integrated under one organisation and the Jefatura Central de Tráfico (Central Traffic Department) was created. The purpose of this organisation was primarily to educate in order to improve road users’ behaviour on the road, increasing traffic flow and prioritising safety above everything else.

The Correos stamp to celebrate the 60 years of the DGT features a black background with several road-like lines and has a phosphorescent appearance thanks to the varnish applied to the stamp.

The number 60 is also depicted with lines representing the roads where over 40 million vehicles travel every year.

The Directorate General of Traffic has been protecting Spanish people for 60 years through its regulations, whose only purpose is to ensure the safety of all road users, both drivers and pedestrians.