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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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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