Driving in Spain...

    Tuesday, 13 March, 2012

    Some tips, rules & regulations related to driving in Spain:

    Spain has strict drink driving laws, only allowing 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood - stricter than the UK where the limit is 0.8. New drivers are effectively forbidden to drink and drive, with a very low 0.1 mg/l limit.

    Seat belts front and rear are obligatory everywhere.

    Speed limits, shown below, are implemented rigorously. Radar traps are frequent.

    Remember - Speeding and other traffic offences are subject to on-the-spot fines.

    The law operating in Spain regarding the use of indicators on motorways is being strictly enforced. You risk being fined for not indicating before overtaking and again before pulling back to the nearside lane after overtaking. Also, ensure you do not cross the solid white line as you enter the motorway from a slip road, but wait until the line is broken.

    Speed limits
    Motorway Open Road Town
    120 km/h 90-100 km/h 50 km/h

    Bail Bond: a guarantee to be lodged with the police in the event of an accident or major traffic violation - no longer a legal requirement for Spain and most insurance companies have stopped issuing them.

    Children in cars: Children under 12 cannot travel in the front unless using a suitably adapted restraint system. In the rear, passengers under 135cm tall must use specially adapted safety devices and restraints.

    Documentation: always carry your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5), and certificate of motor insurance. If the vehicle is not registered in your name, carry a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to drive.

    Fines: On the spot fines are issued. Ensure an official receipt is issued by the officer collecting the fine.

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