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

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28th November 2023

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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31st October 2023

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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16th October 2023

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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15th September 2023

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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22nd August 2023

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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10th August 2023

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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24th July 2023

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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19th July 2023

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

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30th June 2023

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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28th June 2023

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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8th June 2023

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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26th May 2023

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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