Changes to driving licence rules in Spain

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11th April 2024

Spain prepares to implement a sweeping change to its driving licence regulations, following recent European Parliament legislation. The European Parliament has endorsed a regulation that will soon alter the driving landscape in Spain. This pivotal move will increase the types of vehicles that can be operated by holders of a Category B driving licence, the most commonly held licence in Spain. Expanded licence privileges Under the forthcoming rules, Category B licence holders will have the…

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Rental prices at 4 year high in Portugal

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3rd April 2024

The price of homes to rent in Portugal accelerated by 11.6% at the end of 2023, the highest year-on-year variation since 2020, according to INE. 23,637 new rental contracts were signed at the end of 2023, 4.5% more compared to the same period of the previous year. Meanwhile, house rents accelerated by 11.6% in this period, a higher year-on-year variation compared to that observed in the previous quarter (10.2%) and the highest since 2020. The…

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139 people killed on roads in Spain in 2023 were not wearing a seat belt

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27th March 2024

Not belting up will result in the loss of four points off one’s licence as will not having the appropriate child restraints in place, according to the country’s traffic laws. Seat belts and child restraints are among the most effective measures to protect people from injury in the event of road accidents. Yet, although this has been scientifically proven, there are still a significant number of drivers and passengers who do not use a safety…

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Spain considers urban tolls

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25th March 2024

Is charging drivers to enter city centres the best way to alleviate traffic and pollution worries? On Monday, March 18, the Foundation for Applied Economic Studies (Fedea) proposed to the Ministry of Transport a plan to introduce congestion and pollution charges in major urban areas, similar to those in London, Milan, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Implementing urban tolls Fedea, linked with the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE), expressed disappointment that the current Sustainable Mobility Bill,…

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‘Bad parking’ cameras to come into force in March in Portugal

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12th February 2024

Cameras that detect and automatically fine poorly parked cars should start operating in Portugal in March. The system was announced in August last year. Currently, those who park outside the spaces designated for parking vehicles are only fined if a law enforcement agent passes by at the time. However, this scenario is set to change, with cameras that allow automatic fines for abusive parking, which are due to start operating in March. According to data,…

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‘Black Box’ in cars to become mandatory from June

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2nd February 2024

From June 2024, passenger cars will be required to be equipped with a “black box” similar to those used in aviation. The Event Data Recorder (EDR) becomes mandatory for all new vehicles on sale in the European Union, as established by European regulations that come into force this month. Although the basic regulation has already been in force since July 6th, 2022 for new vehicles in development, the obligation will be extended to all passenger…

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Pedestrians in Spain risk a fine of up to 200 euros if they do any of these things

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29th January 2024

Despite the acts being rarely penalised they are included in the country’s general traffic regulations. Pedestrians can be fined 200 euros for using a road crossing in Spain while the light for people on foot is still red. “A non-flashing red light, in the form of a stationary pedestrian, indicates to people that they should not start to cross the road,” the law states. However, despite it being an offence people are rarely fined for…

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Five regions of Spain legally allowed to revoke mandatory face mask requirement in health facilities, if they so wish

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17th January 2024

They have accumulated two consecutive decreases in their rate of respiratory virus positives, which allows them to make the use of face masks into a mere recommendation. Five regions of Spain are now in a position to convert the obligation to wear a mask when visiting any health centre, hospital or surgery into a mere recommendation. This is just a few days after the national Ministry of Health unilaterally imposed this measure on all the…

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UK Driving Licenses: New Bilateral Agreement Comes in to Force in Portugal

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3rd January 2024

A new bilateral agreement between the UK and Portugal on the mutual recognition and exchange of driving licences officially came into force on 31st December 2023. This means that if you are resident in Portugal and hold a full and valid driving licence issued in the UK or Gibraltar, you can: – Drive in Portugal on your current licence until it expires, provided you have registered your licence with IMT (see below); – Exchange your…

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Toll prices in Spain to increase from 1 January 2024 and these are the new prices for the roads in Malaga province

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18th December 2023

During the high season, to travel along the Costa del Sol on the AP-7 between Malaga and Estepona in a car will cost 14.25€. Toll roads throughout Spain will raise their rates by around 4% from 1 January 2024. A higher increase was possible as the charges are linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). However, at the last cabinet meeting the government held back from implementing the full increase of 8.4%, opting instead to…

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DGT: Senior Driver’s Licence Renewals in Spain

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12th December 2023

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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5th December 2023

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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