DGT: Senior Driver’s Licence Renewals in Spain

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Dec 12

The DGT’s rules on senior driver’s renewal of their licences has been amended. For many, driving a car is an essential part of everyday life, it’s hard to imagine life without one. Previously, until the age of 45, licenses were valid for 10 years, followed by five-year renewals until the age of 70. As of 2023, in Spain, driver’s license renewal protocols have evolved. Now, ‘Class B’ licenses, which cover cars and motorcycles, require renewal…

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What age can I drive until in Portugal?

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Dec 05

You must be at least 18 years old to drive, however some people question whether there is a maximum age limit for driving. According to Postal newspaper, at the age of 17, some people start to get their driving license right away, but they can only get behind the wheel at the age of 18 in Portugal. From then on you will have to pay more attention because over the years you will be asked…

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Rail operator Renfe to ban electric scooters on all trains in Spain from 12 December

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Nov 28

The ban on the personal moblity vehicles, which will prevent them being carried on commuter, regional and high-speed services, follows concerns about an increase in battery fires in recent months. Spain’s state rail operator, Renfe, has decided to ban the carrying of electric scooters on all passenger trains, including Cercanías commuter services, regional, long distance and high-speed services (AVE, Avlo, Alvia, Avant, Euromed and Intercity). This ban, which will come into force on 12 December,…

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Beware! DGT Fines Await The Unwary Passenger

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Oct 31

Information about Spain’s traffic authority usually centres around the actions and responsibilities of the driver, but passengers themselves could also be subject to financial penalties. Did you know passengers aren’t exempt from fines? In Spain, the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT) highlighted the concept of shared responsibility for road safety, stressing it’s not solely the driver’s domain. Shared Road Responsibility While the responsibility primarily lies with drivers to adhere to traffic regulations and ensure a safe…

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First hands-free driving assist feature approved for use on some of Spain’s key main roads

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Oct 16

Ford’s system has is the first receive approval from the authorities and it can be activated on some 28,500 kilometres of Blue Zone motorways around the country. Hands-free driving is becoming a reality in Spain with the automatic assist option being rolled out on some major roads across the country. Spain currently has 28,500 kilometres (17,709 miles) of Blue Zone motorways that owners of owners of a certain Ford model can now utilise the feature…

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Home sales in Spain plummeted by almost a fifth year-on-year in July, report shows

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Sep 15

The number of mortgages taken out to buy property also fell sharply by 25.7% in the same month. The number of home sales in July in Spain fell by 18.4% compared to the same month in 2022, data collected from the country’s notaries has shown. The number of mortgages taken out to buy property also fell sharply by 25.7% in the same month. And the average price per square metre of property sold across the…

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These are the 10 most important changes that Spain’s new animal welfare law will bring about from September onwards

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Aug 22

New rules governing people and their ownership of pets come into force in less than a month’s time. Already marked in red on the calendar, 29 September will be an important day for all those who have pets or who wish to have one in the near future in Spain. From that date onwards, several things will change in the regulations governing the coexistence between people and pets, as the country’s so-called Animal Welfare Act…

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UK driving licence holders reminded to exchange their permit before 15 September cut-off

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Aug 10

Driving licence · The British Embassy has urged those licence holders who have yet to apply for a Spanish one to do so in good time. UK driving licence holders resident in Spain before 15 March have been reminded by the British embassy that they have until 15 September to exchange their licence for a Spanish one if they have not done so already. This follows an agreement in March between the UK and Spain…

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New Algarve camping and caravanning rules

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Jul 24

The Municipal Assembly of Faro has approved new regulations for caravanning and motorhome activities in the municipality. The document, according to the municipality of Faro, was prepared with the intention of regulating the activity and avoiding the so-called informal concentrations of these vehicles, which occur throughout the municipality, “bringing some negative effects, namely resulting from the use of vehicles without conditions of habitability and environmental sustainability, which do not guarantee basic hygiene conditions and cause…

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Guardia Civil in Spain clarifies whether or not it is allowed to drive wearing flip-flops

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Jul 19

This is what the law says about whether it is allowed to drive with flip-flops, a question asked by many motorists every summer A recurring question every summer among drivers in Spain is whether it is against the law to drive a vehicle in flip-flops. Article 17 of the country’s General Traffic Regulations state that “drivers must be in a position to control their vehicles at all times”. Here lies the dilemma of what footwear…

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