New traffic laws in Spain

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      New Spanish traffic laws come in to effect on 9 May 2014

      On the grounds that ‘ignorance of the law is no excuse’, all drivers in Spain are advised immediately to familiarise themselves with the detail of the new traffic laws which are coming into effect on 9 May 2014 (Ley 6/2014 modificando la Ley sobre Tráfico, Circulación de Vehículos a Motor y Seguridad Vial 339/1990); a mere 21 pages!

      Among the new provisions are the following:

      1. Speeding fines apply for exceeding the limit by just 1kph! (how accurate are most speedometers?) On some motorways, the speed limit is being increased from 120kph to 130kph, but in many towns, the speed limit is being reduced from 30kph to 20kph.( First gear only)

      2. If the Guardia Civil observe a motoring offence and note the vehicle registration number, this provides sufficient evidence to prosecute- no need for them to stop vehicles.

      3. A minimum fine of 1,000 Euros will be payable by drivers caught driving whilst double the drink drive limit or above; or in all cases for reoffending drink drivers; and drivers under the influence of drugs.

      4. The Guardia Civil can seize any vehicle carrying children without legally compliant child seats.

      5. The very specific rules as to where children must sit in the vehicle (according to age/ height) must be observed, otherwise drivers face heavy fines.

      6. Cyclists under 16 years of age must wear helmets.

      7. Drivers have much higher duties to ensure the safety of cyclists of all ages.

      8. Speed camera/ radar detectors are prohibited.

      9. An EU Directive is to be implemented so that driving offences committed in one EU country are reported to the EU country of registration of the vehicle in question.

      10. Much stricter rules are being implemented for the Spanish registration of foreign registered vehicles kept in Spain.

      The above is by no means exhaustive. As can be seen, the new rules are far reaching. Knowledge of the details and observation of the requirements in practice is of fundamental importance.

      It is clear from the increased powers to prosecute and fine drivers, that the Spanish Authorities ‘mean business’ with these important legal changes.

    • #119590

      Good bus service in my area Mark. Who needs a car? No2 -the most concerning – that if the Guardia might not like you they can book you whenever they feel like it. Surely only for serious contraventions -surely you have a right to challenge in court -if you can afford it ? Who wants a car? Who wants a car in Spain. Who wants to live in Spain ? Is it becoming a gulag – unemployment impuestos maltas -corrupcion de la richesse -exploitacion de la opresadada. Having said raising standards of the Spanish to good solid Deutscheland – .vielleicht necesario ?

    • #119595

      Don’t forget that it is now illegal to walk while intoxicated. If enforced, that should raise a lot of revenue in expat enclaves.

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        Mark Stücklin

        Where did hear that Gary? First I’ve heard of this law.

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      See the article below, one of many. They do make the distinction of people ‘wandering in the middle of the street.’
      From my front terrace, we can see some of the nightclubs in Poble Nou. And when they spill out at about 4am, the are a lot of people walking to transport, etc, and all of them are wandering in the middle of the street. And they are all drunk.

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