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New Spanish Traffic Laws In Force From May

New Spanish Traffic Laws In Force From May
May 20
13:58 2014

If you are a road user in Spain, you should be aware of new traffic laws, in force from May 2014. Some of these laws directly affect expats – so Javea residents should be aware of the changes.

If you are using a foreign registered vehicle in Spain for anything other than a short vacation it must be registered in Spain and fitted with Spanish plates. Police have various ways of determining when a vehicle entered the country, so you are advised to get your plates changed or purchase a second Spanish car if you are using your UK car for anything other than a few weeks on a holiday visit.

It is illegal to allow a child to travel in the front seat if back seat space is available. Parents or guardians will be fined €200 for failing to comply. All passengers must have seat belts fitted in the rear and front seats.

Child cyclists under the age of 16 must wear protective headgear, even if cycling in urban areas away from the roads. Parents face fines of €200 of a child is caught riding a bicycle without a helmet.

In some areas, a new 20 km/ hour speed limit will be introduced. This is likely to be around schools or in busy town centres. Speeding fines can now be enforced even if the driver only exceeds the limit by 1 km/hour.

Driving Safely In Javea
Driving In Flip Flops

The Guardia Civil and police may issue fines without formally stopping a vehicle and speaking with the driver if they feel she has committed an offence.

The maximum fine for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is to be increased from €500 to €1000 if the driver is over twice the legal limit. He will also have six points docked from his licence. A driver over the limit, but under twice the limit will have four points deducted, and fined accordingly. A driver is determined as over the limit if he has more than 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood. This is stricter than the UK where 0.8 milligrams of alcohol per milliliter of blood is permitted. New drivers in Spain will be subject to a fine with more than 0.1 milligrams of alcohol per milliliter of blood – so effectively it should not drink anything at all before driving.

It is forbidden to use a speed camera radar detector. Using such a device will result in a €200 and three points deducted from the offender’s licence.

If you commit a driving offence in one EU country, it will be reported to the country where your vehicle is registered.

If you pay your traffic fine within 20 days (instead of the current 15 days) the fine will be reduced by 50%.

Do not drive in flip flops or open back shoes. If stopped this could result in a fine.

At present, cancer patients need a certificate from a doctor if they wish to drive. This rule will be relaxed thanks to the efficiency of the latest cancer treatments.


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  1. thedarkdestroyer
    thedarkdestroyer December 03, 11:45

    Sneaky sods

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