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

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19th May 2023

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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9th May 2023

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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21st April 2023

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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5th April 2023

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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15th March 2023

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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9th March 2023

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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Second-hand car prices in Spain seem to have peaked

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22nd February 2023

January 2023 showed the lowest year-on-year increase since August 2020, according to data from the monthly barometer of Coches.net The average price of used cars in Spain rose just 0.1% in January compared to the same month in 2022, to stand at 19,379 euros, which is the lowest year-on-year increase since August 2020, according to data from the monthly barometer of Coches.net. The report also highlights that in month-on-month terms the price has fallen by…

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Imported foreign vehicles soar in Portugal

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16th February 2023

The import of used passenger cars accounted for 67.1% of total registrations in Portugal in 2022, according to data presented by the Automobile Association of Portugal (ACAP). According to ACAP’s annual balance sheet, in 2022 104,908 passenger cars were registered that “already had a registration in another state”, detailed the association’s secretary general, Helder Pedro. “Portugal has always been a market that had a great penetration of used imported vehicles, but it rose exponentially”, added…

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New E-Scooter Legislation in Gibraltar

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2nd February 2023

The Personal Light Electric Transports Act 2023, which was passed into law on 26th January 2023, regulates the use of E-Scooters on Gibraltar’s roads. The RGP are now launching a two-week awareness campaign to highlight the various offences and road safety concerns regarding the use of E-Scooters. A statement from the RGP follows below: As part of the campaign, officers will distribute leaflets in both English and Spanish to E-Scooter riders who cross the frontier…

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New Lisbon speed limits

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25th January 2023

Do you know where the changes have been made? New speed limits have been set on the Segunda Circular ,in Lisbon, specifically in the section next to the Superior School of Social Communication (ESCS), where the maximum speed was changed to 60 km/hour. “The speed limit on the section of the Second Ring Road, next to the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social (direction IC19 – Benfica), was changed at the beginning of December 2022 from…

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What you need to know before renting a home in Portugal

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13th January 2023

From deposits to advance payments of several months, here’s what the law says about frequent problems many people face when renting a property. When moving to Portugal many people want to rent before they take the next step and buy a property. For many reasons, but especially to make sure that the area is nice and if that is actually the place where they really want to settle. However, what seems like a fantastic option…

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The New Low Emissions Stickers for Your Vehicle

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30th December 2022

⛔ – LOW EMISSION ZONES – ZBE’s N332 shared below information about new low emissions zones that are being introduced across 147 towns and cities and how to obtain one of the new emissions stickers for your vehicle. ⭕ ZBE – ZONAS DE BAJO EMISIONES Although already operating in the major cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Seville, new ZBE – Zonas de Baja Emisiones (low emissions zones) are starting to be rolled out from 1st…

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