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The New Normal brings with it the return of slow traffic...

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The removal of mobility restrictions between Alicante and Murcia is causing the first problems in Orihuela Costa and Torrevieja, as traffic density increases, with...

Pollution returns with de-escalation

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Just over a month ago we were reporting that the quality of the air on the Costa Blanca was the best that it had...

Insurance Green Card will Cease to be Green

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When an insured vehicle travels to certain countries, the owner is responsible for ensuring that a “green card” is issued by the insuring company, however, from next year, that document when issued in Spain will no longer be green. As leading ex-pat insurer Ibex Insurance explained, after many years of working on the proposal initiated …

Driving on the Orihuela Costa

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The salon de actos in Orihuela Costa town hall was packed to the rafters this week, as local residents gathered to learn more about...

New Year gets underway at U3A

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Monday 27th saw the CMO building in Torrevieja filled almost to bursting point with over 360 members attending the first monthly meeting of the...

Málaga Testing Autonomous Bus

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The city of Málaga is launching a test of an autonomous bus, which will be a pioneering experiment into the viability of new smart-city mobility projects. Although tests of autonomous buses have already been carried out in various locations, this one is the first to use a vehicle which is a standard-sized bus, rather than …

The Risks of Older Vehicles

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As technology advances, so do the safety features of our vehicles. The near future may well see autonomous vehicles on the roads, but they will still have to mix with cars of today, and yesterday, for some time yet.   Sadly, the risk of death or serious injury is multiplied by two when comparing incidents …

The Risks of Older Vehicles

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As technology advances, so do the safety features of our vehicles. The near future may well see autonomous vehicles on the roads, but they will still have to mix with cars of today, and yesterday, for some time yet.   Sadly, the risk of death or serious injury is multiplied by two when comparing incidents …

The Risks of Older Vehicles

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As technology advances, so do the safety features of our vehicles. The near future may well see autonomous vehicles on the roads, but they will still have to mix with cars of today, and yesterday, for some time yet.   Sadly, the risk of death or serious injury is multiplied by two when comparing incidents …

The Risks of Older Vehicles

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As technology advances, so do the safety features of our vehicles. The near future may well see autonomous vehicles on the roads, but they will still have to mix with cars of today, and yesterday, for some time yet.   Sadly, the risk of death or serious injury is multiplied by two when comparing incidents …

Replacement Logbook Application

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If you have lost your Spanish logbook, or if it has become damaged beyond use, you can now apply for a replacement online using your electronic ID, digital signature or Cl@ve. The logbook, or permiso de circulación, and the ITV card, are both mandatory documents which must be carried in the vehicle in Spain. There …

Changes to Driving Laws Expected in 2020

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As we enter a new year, we will enter a new phase in traffic law changes, and a new strategy with the aim of reducing road fatalities on the ‘road to zero’. The DGT is already working, on behalf of the Ministry of Interior, on the new Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 which aims to half …

New Year, New Figures

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In 2019, the year when we say a reduction in the maximum permitted speed on the main road network reduce, the location of most fatal and serious incidents, we also saw the lowest fatality rate since record began in Spain. However, there is no room for complacency as a single death is one too many, …

Have You Got Your Environmental Badge?

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The New Year saw a new era in motoring in cities such as Barcelona, where the need to control pollution is now far exceeding the need of the motorist. Although it has been in existence for a couple of years now, and is still not mandatory, the need for obtaining an environmental badge, or “eco …

AP-7 Motorway tolls removed unless you live in the Vega Baja

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Don’t get too excited if you live in the Vega Baja because, although the AP-7 between Tarragona and Alicante became toll free at midnight...

Say NO to Alcohol or Drugs

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Last week, the Guardia Civil, assisted by the local, regional and National Police, were carrying out an extensive surveillance campaign looking for drivers who had consumed alcohol or drugs before driving, and as the season continues, so do the campaigns. Spain does have a prescribed limit, which is less than other countries, including the UK …

Prepare for Winter Driving

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With many people about to set off on a road trip taking them back to their homeland for the festive season, it is important to remember that during a long journey the weather conditions can change dramatically, and although it may be sunny and pleasant when you set off, all too quickly the scene can …

New Guidelines for Scooters and Mobility Vehicles

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Prior to the final approval of the law which will ensure safer movements of personal mobility vehicles (Vehículos de Movilidad Personal or VMP), the director general of traffic has issued new guidelines for how these new modes of transport should be incorporated into daily life. The objective is to establish clarifying criteria for users, city …

New Guidelines for Scooters and Mobility Vehicles

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Prior to the final approval of the law which will ensure safer movements of personal mobility vehicles (Vehículos de Movilidad Personal or VMP), the director general of traffic has issued new guidelines for how these new modes of transport should be incorporated into daily life. The objective is to establish clarifying criteria for users, city …

Europe Approves Driver Assistance

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The members of the European Union have supported the implementation of two new safety measure that will become mandatory in all new models that leave the factory, starting in 2022. The first system can detect if a driver is paying attention or fatigued, the second will immobilise the vehicle in the event of the driver …

Europe Approves Driver Assistance

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The members of the European Union have supported the implementation of two new safety measure that will become mandatory in all new models that leave the factory, starting in 2022. The first system can detect if a driver is paying attention or fatigued, the second will immobilise the vehicle in the event of the driver …

Cyclist Training Proposal by the DGT

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The modern road network is increasingly being shared by different forms of transport. Although the road has never been the priority domain of the motorcar, as automobiles get bigger and faster, the risk to the more vulnerable is greater, but on these shared spaces it is crucial to exercise an equal amount of respect and …

Driving in Wind

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Wind is quite literally a force of nature that can provide welcome cooling on a hot summer´s day, generate electricity, and provide power to boats, amongst many other benefits, but it can also play havoc when driving. According to the DGT, there are three main situations we should be aware of when it comes to …

Driving in Wind

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Wind is quite literally a force of nature that can provide welcome cooling on a hot summer´s day, generate electricity, and provide power to boats, amongst many other benefits, but it can also play havoc when driving. According to the DGT, there are three main situations we should be aware of when it comes to …

What the DGT Says about Brexit

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We saw last week what the UK licence issuing authority, the DVLA, has to say about BREXIT changes, this week it is the turn of the DGT, Spain´s traffic authority, to tell us their side of the story. In the latest information published by the DGT, they are clear that if BREXIT takes place, your …

What the DGT Says about Brexit

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We saw last week what the UK licence issuing authority, the DVLA, has to say about BREXIT changes, this week it is the turn of the DGT, Spain´s traffic authority, to tell us their side of the story. In the latest information published by the DGT, they are clear that if BREXIT takes place, your …

What the DGT Says about Brexit

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We saw last week what the UK licence issuing authority, the DVLA, has to say about BREXIT changes, this week it is the turn of the DGT, Spain´s traffic authority, to tell us their side of the story. In the latest information published by the DGT, they are clear that if BREXIT takes place, your …

What the DGT Says about Brexit

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We saw last week what the UK licence issuing authority, the DVLA, has to say about BREXIT changes, this week it is the turn of the DGT, Spain´s traffic authority, to tell us their side of the story. In the latest information published by the DGT, they are clear that if BREXIT takes place, your …

What the DGT Says about Brexit

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We saw last week what the UK licence issuing authority, the DVLA, has to say about BREXIT changes, this week it is the turn of the DGT, Spain´s traffic authority, to tell us their side of the story. In the latest information published by the DGT, they are clear that if BREXIT takes place, your …

Brexit Advice Latest

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Although it seems like a resolution comes near then goes away again, Europe is still preparing for Brexit, and as such the DVLA is issuing constant advice as to how British driving licence holders need to prepare for the change. If you are a resident in Spain then you should have changed your licence to …