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What do the green lines painted on some roads mean?

Some areas have been testing them since January, 2017, but given their success through the trial, you might see an increase in places where green lines are painted along the side of the road. But, what do they mean? You might think they are related to parking, like yellow or blue lines indicate restrictions, or …

Smoking whilst Driving

It is currently not illegal to smoke whilst driving in Spain. However, the general consensus of a recent survey suggests it should be, if children are in the vehicle. There have been many stories shared through social media of drivers being fined for smoking, and although it is true that there are occasions when drivers …

The Spanish Number Plate System

The Spanish number plate system dates back to 1900, although the concept and layout has undergone a number of transformations since then, the latest format taking over a century later in September, 2000. Currently, the Spanish number plate is formed by the European symbol on the left hand side, in a tall band, then four …

Driver Loses 28 Points in a Week

A 34-year-old man from Galicia has had his driving licence withdrawn after losing 28 points in a single week. In the first incident the driver attempted to avoid and flee from an alcohol and drug checkpoint. A few days later he was intercepted by another patrol that subjected him to an alcohol and drugs test, …

Choosing your ITV Station

Following on from our recent article explaining some of the facts relating to the ITV inspection, one question is still continuing to crop up. The question relates to vehicles which are registered in the Valencia region and their eligibility to have the test carried out in Murcia, for example. As we explained, according to the …

Startling Increases in Criminal Behaviour

The office of the Attorney General has released advanced information relating to offences committed on the roads in 2018, revealing that alcohol and drug use is the most common crime. During 2018, the Public Prosecutor’s Office opened a total of 110,651 criminal proceedings for crimes against road safety, a figure that represents an increase with …

Drifting to Prison

An 18-year-old man, of French nationality, has been sentenced to 4 years in prison, the withdrawal of his driving licence for 16 months, and a fine of 1,000 euro for driving recklessly through the Alicante town of Elche. Neighbours in the area near calles Frasquita Vázquez and Orihuela reported the vehicle driving through the streets …

Running Into Traffic!

We all know that running is a great way of keeping fit, but within the urban landscape of towns and cities, the risk factor can increase, not from sporting injuries, but from runners choosing to mix with traffic. According to a recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Health approximately a third of all adults …

Barcelona – The Future City Today

During the Barcelona Motor Show, the Spanish traffic authority, the DGT, in conjunction with the city council, presented a framework that sets out Barcelona as a model city for the integration of future systems aimed at making roads safer places. Part of the developments which were showcased are assisted and autonomous driving systems, which can …

Car Drivers Should Get More Options from July

From 1 July, 2019, category B (private car) licence holders will be able to drive more vehicles than before, thanks to a change in the law. The Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) has been working on a number of modifications and improvements to the driving licence system in Spain, including new rates, changes in the …

ITV Questions Answered

Two of the most common questions about the ITV test are when it´s needed and where it can be carried out, in particular as there is a belief, for example, that vehicles which reside in the Alicante province can´t have their inspection carried out in Murcia. Today we answer those doubts, and others, but this …

Second Hand Vehicles in Spain – Vehicle History

If you are considering buying a second-hand vehicle in Spain, there are a few things you need to be aware of. Aside from ensuring the...

Window Tinting in Spain – The rules…

In Spain, you are allowed to have some of your car´s windows tinted, but there are rules. Car window tinting is a great way of...

The 175th Anniversary of the Guardia Civil

On Monday, 13 May 2019, the King and Queen of Spain presided over the ceremony marking the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Guardia Civil. You may have seen the commemorative stickers marking the event which have been displayed on most of the Guardia Civil vehicles for the past few months, and even seen …

Can my British Registered Car have an ITV?

A common question which often causes confusion is whether a foreign registered vehicle, such as an English registered car for example, whose MOT is due, can have an ITV in Spain. The simple answer is no, a foreign registered vehicle cannot have an ITV inspection. The mandatory vehicle inspection must be done in the country …

Motorcycles: 10 Dangerous Infractions

May is recognised as Motorcycle Awareness Month, when warmer weather often means an increase in motorbikes on the road, and therefore a reminder to us all of the vulnerability of two-wheeled road users. However, we must also be aware that motorcyclists themselves must also play a part in their own road safety, and be aware …

Drugs and Driving – Prescription Medications Can Cause Problems

Drinking alcohol before driving is still one of the biggest contributors to road traffic incidents, despite the warnings and knowledge of the effects and consequences, however consuming drugs before driving is also continually increasing. In order to be aware of the problems associated with drug use, we have to steer our mind away from what …

I Worry About Losing My Documents

Because of the mandatory need to carry certain documents with the vehicle, a common concern is that these documents might be lost or stolen. However, the good news is that if you are concerned about this, then there is an alternative. Firstly, let´s look at the documents which must be carried. Permiso de Circulacion The …

Europe Approves Speed Limiters

The European Parliament has approved a proposal that will see speed limiters mandatory for vehicles. As of May 2022, new vehicles manufactured in the European Union, or sold within the territory, must have a speed limiter installed, a measure that will be extended to the rest of the automotive sector in 2024. For many years …

Brake Check!

It is a really good idea to check your brakes periodically, at low speed on a road which is wide and with no traffic or pedestrians, and dry and free of obstacles, where you can try the brakes by applying various different pressures, including an emergency stop, such as was done in your driving test. …

Guardia Civil Expo on Orihuela Costa

As part of the celebrations commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Guardia Civil, specialists from the military body will be putting on a display on the Orihuela Costa in May. The event will be held on the 4th of May on the municipal car park opposite the Zenia Boulevard shopping centre, with a timetable of …

Two out of every ten Traffic Accidents have Consequences on the...

This type of lesion presents symptoms such as neck pain, headaches, dizziness and tingling in the hands. In Spain, there are approximately 150,000 people injured a year in traffic accidents. Though traffic accident lesions can be multiple, and vary greatly, 20% of these tend to have consequences on the spinal column due to cervical whiplash, …

ECO Stickers Mandatory in Madrid

From Wednesday, April 24, it will be mandatory for vehicles wishing to travel through Madrid to display the ECO Sticker in the windscreen. The ECO Sticker was introduced to highlight the impact vehicle pollutants have on the environment, and to encourage the purchase of less environmentally damaging vehicles. Cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Seville had …

Cyclists Give Cyclists a Bad Name!

In a relationship that seems to have developed into one of almost bitter rivalry, cyclists and other road users seem to be at constant odds. Sweeping statements like, “all cyclists go through red lights”, or, “cyclists think they own the road”, are grossly unfair, but it is true that this happens. Just like cyclists who …

It looks the same, but…

They look similar – steering wheel, foot pedals, displays with numbers on – but the reality is, a most cars differ in the equipment they offer, more so given new technological advances, and so it is important if we get a new car, even if we are just renting it, to get to know what´s …

Mobile Phone Dangers Escalating

This week, we recognised the now global event to raise awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone whilst driving, but still the message isn´t getting through to some people who are risking their own lives, and the lives of others, just to get noticed on social media, and it´s not just the drivers …

Raising Awareness of Mobile Social Media Dangers

Distracted driving is not something new. It has always been there from rubber necking to messing with the stereo, lighting cigarettes, drinking/eating and even...

N332 – MAKING YOU VISIBLE

Once again, members of the N332 team will be on hand to answer your driving law questions at the Expo Torrevieja. The event is taking...

GET TO KNOW SPANISH TRAFFIC LAW

Understanding Spanish Traffic Law has taken a huge leap forward today, with the publication of a new eBook by the N332 Road Safety Group. A...

Highway Robbery

Dear Editor, I want to report a very disturbing incident that occurred on the evening of 4th October 2018 on the N 332 returning to...

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