May 8th, 2014

On the grounds that
‘ignorance of the law is no excuse’, all drivers in Spain are advised
immediately to familiarise themselves with the detail of the new traffic laws
which are coming into effect on 9 May 2014 (Ley 6/2014 modificando la Ley sobre
Tráfico, Circulación de Vehículos a Motor y Seguridad Vial 339/1990); a mere 21
pages!

Among the new
provisions are the following:

1. Speeding fines
apply for exceeding the limit by just 1kph! On some motorways, the speed limit
is being increased from 120kph to 130kph, but in many towns, the speed limit is
being reduced from 30kph to 20kph.
2. If the Guardia Civil observe a motoring offence and note the vehicle
registration number, this provides sufficient evidence to prosecute- no need
for them to stop vehicles.
3. A minimum fine of 1,000 Euros will be payable by drivers caught driving
whilst double the drink drive limit or above; or in all cases for reoffending
drink drivers; and drivers under the influence of drugs.
4. The Guardia Civil can seize any vehicle carrying children without legally
compliant child seats.
5. The very specific rules as to where children must sit in the vehicle
(according to age/ height) must be observed, otherwise drivers face heavy
fines.
6. Cyclists under 16 years of age must wear helmets.
7. Drivers have much higher duties to ensure the safety of cyclists of all
ages.
8. Speed camera/ radar detectors are prohibited.
9. An EU Directive is to be implemented so that driving offences committed in
one EU country are reported to the EU country of registration of the vehicle in
question.
10. Much stricter rules are being implemented for the Spanish registration of
foreign registered vehicles kept in Spain.

The above is by no
means exhaustive. As can be seen, the new rules are far reaching. Knowledge of
the details and observation of the requirements in practice is of fundamental
importance.

It is clear from the
increased powers to prosecute and fine drivers, that the Spanish Authorities
‘mean business’ with these important legal changes.

Please SHARE this with
your friends and contacts who drive in Spain, to help them to be lawful (and to
avoid fines!).