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Psicothema, 2009. Vol. Vol. 21 (nº 2). 294-299




Valoración de los conductores españoles sobre el permiso por puntos

Javier Roca Ruiz, Luis Montoro González y Francisco Tortosa Gil*

Universitat de València y Cátedra de Prevención de Riesgos en los Comportamientos Viales Mutua Madrileña-UVEG

Un aspecto de especial importancia para el buen funcionamiento del permiso por puntos es que los conductores comprendan adecuadamente su filosofía y sus objetivos. Si el sistema es valorado como una medida eficaz y socialmente beneficiosa, es probable que el cambio comportamental de los conductores sea más intenso y más duradero. Por el contrario, si es percibido como una medida meramente recaudadora, difícilmente podrá alcanzar y mantener sus objetivos. Este estudio analiza, a partir de una encuesta telefónica realizada a nivel nacional sobre 2.014 participantes, la valoración que hacen los conductores del modelo español de permiso por puntos. Los resultados muestran que los conductores hacen una valoración muy positiva y tienen para el sistema unas altas expectativas de éxito. Además, por encima de una visión meramente sancionadora o recaudadora, los conductores afirman que la finalidad primordial del permiso por puntos es concienciar y mejorar la seguridad vial.

Spanish drivers’ valuation of the penalty point system. A key issue for the good performance of the penalty point system is that drivers achieve a proper understanding of its philosophy and objectives. If this enforcement system is valuated as an effective and socially beneficial measure, there is a higher probability that drivers will show a stronger and permanent change. On the contrary, if the penalty point system is perceived as a tax-collecting measure, it would be very difficult for its principal aims to be achieved. From a national telephone survey conducted on a sample of 2.014 respondents, the present study analyses drivers’ appraisal of the Spanish penalty point system. The results show that drivers’ evaluation of the system is very positive and also that they have high expectations for its success. Moreover, beyond a mere repressive or tax-collecting view of the penalty point system, drivers state that its main goal is to increase awareness and improve road safety.

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