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 is better to drive with, and whether you can control the vehicle with flip-flops.
Legally, as driving with flip-flops is not forbidden, each motorist will be held responsible for driving with the type of shoe that they believe will comply with the safety regulations – choosing the one that allows them the maximum control of the car.
It is not forbidden but…
“It is not specifically forbidden to drive with flip-flops, but you can be penalised for not being able to maintain freedom of movement to control the pedals well,” the Guardia Civil pointed out.
Driving with flip-flops, considering that these are not fully adjustable to the foot and can slip off easily, could rseult in you being hit with a fine.
It could range from 80 to 200 euros, depending on how serious the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT) considers the offence to be. It may also result in losing three points from the driver’s license.