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5 New Spanish Traffic Regulations 2021

Posted by Altamoderna on December 23, 2020

As to comply with the road safety guidelines issued by the European Union and the World Health Organization, Spain will roll out changes to the current driving regulations starting January 2021. These guidelines aim to reduce death in Spanish roads by 50% in the next ten years.

Why is it important for residents and tourists to know them?

Well, increased fines are scheduled and currently fines in Spain are not low at all. So we definitely recommend you review these changes as to avoid overpaying for your stay here. Keep in mind that there would be a six month grace period for drivers to adjust to the new rules in which time the fines will not be levied.

What changes will be enforced?

Seatbelt and Safety Equipment

Including seatbelt violations, failing to use helmet or a child seat when appropriate will result in a 4 point deduction from your license (previously 3 points). Also, wearing the equipment improperly will also be considered as not wearing them in an aim to encourage safe driving habits.

Radar Detection Equipment

Already prohibited under the Spanish law, new regulations will strengthen the control much more. Currently operating such device is already illegal but soon possession of such device will also be considered a crime and fines could go up to 500 euros and 3 points deduction from your lisence.

Mobile Phones

It is already illegal to operate a mobile phone while driving in Spain However, from Jan 2021 the penalty will be increased to a hefty 6 points which is double the current fine making this one of the worst violations.

Speed Limits

When overtaking the speed limit of the road cannot be exceeded by 20 km/h in the new regulations as to reduce interurban accidents. Also, on urban roads there are complete new speed limit restrictions which from July 2020 could have you fined as below:

  • On roads with a single lane and pavement/sidewalk, the limit will be 20 km/h
  • On roads with a single lane in each direction, the limit will be 30 km/h
  • On roads with two lanes per direction, the limit will remain at 50 km/h

Personal Mobility Vehicles

As of Jan 2020, personal mobility scooters will be defined as vehicles with one or more wheels. This means that the mentioned vehicles will no longer be able to ride on sidewalks, pedestrian areas and interurban roads, crossings, highways, etc. Only exception to these rules are for people who use these vehicles due to reduced mobility.

Obtaining your Spanish drivers license is required for all residences (except for members of EU) in which the process could be complicated and tough to follow due to language barrier. However, through our partners, we could make this process easy for our clients as for them to focus on their business and leisure here in Spain. Do not hesitate to contact us for more support on this and other landing issues and follow our blog for up-to-date information.

For more detailed information on these changes and other information related to driving and licensing in Spain you may visit the website of the Ministry of Transportation.

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