Hazard warning triangle requirement dropped on Spain’s motorways and dual carriageways

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Jun 30

The DGT said the safety move, designed to help prevent accidents on the hardshoulders of the country’s busiest roads, would come into effect from Saturday 1 July. Spain’s Directorate-General of Traffic (DGT) has forecast that there will be almost 95 million long-distance road journeys during the months of July and August this year, which is 1.75% more than the movements recorded last summer. Special traffic regulation and control operations will be in place every weekend…

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End of windscreen insurance sticker approved in Portugal

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Jun 28

The President of the Republic has approved the decree of the Assembly of the Republic that eliminates the obligation for a driver to display car insurance on the windscreen of a vehicle. This means that the second amendment of Decree-Law n.º 291/2007, of August 21st, is carried out, which institutes the compulsory insurance system for motor vehicle civil liability, amended by Decree-Law n.º 153/2008, of August 6th. On June 2, parliament approved this amendment and…

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Beware of new fines on Spain’s roads

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Jun 08

Spanish police are also cracking down on some offences this year that are still largely unknown to road users. Regulations for road users in Spain have changed in 2023. The Directorate-General of Traffic and local authorities are cracking down some previously existing offences and also issuing fines for newly-introduced laws. One of these new fines relates to whether or not a vehicle can enter a low emission zone (ZEB) in towns or cities that have…

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Spain’s new housing law which imposes new limits on rent increases and evictions comes into force today

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May 26

The concept of incentivised affordable housing is also being introduced to increase supply in the short term. Spain’s new housing law which imposes new limits on rent increases and evictions will come into force today – Friday, 26 May. The Official State Gazette (BOE) published the new law on Thursday, 25 May, but outlined that new tax incentives applicable to personal income tax on the leasing of property for housing will come into force on…

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Motorcyclists in Spain can be hit with 500 euro fines for tailgating and weaving in and out of traffic

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May 19

The warning comes after new figures show motorbikes are the most dangerous means of road transport. Motorcyclists in Spain are being reminded that they can be hit with 500 euro fines for tailgating and weaving in and out of traffic. The warning comes after new figures show motorbikes are the most dangerous means of road transport with a 17-times greater risk of death on a motorbike than in a car, per kilometre travelled. In the…

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Electric car sales surge by 45% but Spain is still behind 2023 energy target

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May 09

The 2021- 2030 national energy and climate plan set a target of 190,000 sales of electric vehicles by 2023 to help reduce emissions. Sales of electric vehicles are surging across Spain and have almost doubled in the first fourth months of this year compared to the same period in 2022. Sales of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles – including cars, quadricycles, commercial and industrial vehicles and buses – totalled 37,347 between January and April of…

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Accident victims call for compulsory insurance for electric scooter riders in Spain

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Apr 21

The increase in accidents in Spain and the referendum in Paris that voted against electric scooters for hire calls into question this mode of transport that is becoming increasingly fashionable in Spain’s major cities. According to Spain’s traffic authority, the DGT, Personal Mobility Vehicles (or PMVs, including electric scooters) are vehicles with one or more wheels, equipped with a single seat or platform and powered exclusively by electric motors, with a maximum design speed of…

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DGT contemplating scrapping obligation to use triangles on motorways and dual carriageways in Spain

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Apr 05

The obligation to use triangles on motorways and dual carriageways in Spain could be eliminated by the DGT due to an increase in accidents with drivers being run over. The Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) is said to be contemplating eliminating the obligation to place the emergency triangles in the event of a vehicle breaking down in the middle of a motorway or dual carriageway. This move is the result of a marked increase in…

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UK driving licence exchange agreement approved by Spanish ministers

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Mar 15

British citizens residing in Spain who failed to exchange their licence will now be able to exchange it for a Spanish licence without a test, and drive on their current licence for a temporary extension period of 6 months. With this agreement, who did not exchange their driving licence before the deadline in May last year will be able to do so from Thursday 16 March. From now on, holders of a valid and current driving licence issued…

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Latest Driving Licence Update for Older Drivers in Spain

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Mar 09

Renewing our driving licence is something we must do all, and whereas we don’t have to carry out a test, there is a medical that is required to ensure we are fit enough to drive, or if any restrictions should be implemented according to our medical condition, and that is the case whatever our age is, the only difference is that the older we get, the more frequently we must get checked, and it’s that…

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