Driving in Spain - A guide to driving in Spain Drivers
licence, Road Tax, Insurance, Parking and Seatbelts.
Non-Residents can drive in spain on a foreign driving license for a maximum
of 6 months in the calendar year. EU residents can drive on their existing
EU license until it runs outs. When it does run out you must apply for a Spanish
driving licence. Non-EU residents
must obtain a Spanish driving license after one year.
Road tax in Spain is paid to the local government. The fee is related to
the individual vehicle and the area. All vehicles are required to undertake
inspection ( called an ITV), to check the condition of the vehicle. Major
towns and cities have several ITV stations to which you can take your car.
As with most other European countries third party insurance is mandatory.
If you provide proof of at least 5 years no claims from your previous insurer
you can reduce your insurance premiums.
Dual carriageways 100kph
Country roads 90kph
Urban roads 50kph
Residential areas 20kph
No parking in spaces painted yellow or (obviously) in areas with "No Parking" signs.
Parking spaces with meters are marked in blue where a ticket can be purchased
from an attendant or machine.The machine may be halfway down the block; don´t
assume that because there is no meter near the car that parking is free.
These spaces are usually for two hours maximum. Fines vary between areas.
Fines for speeding are paid on the spot and are calculated at 1,000 pts per
kilometre over the limit.
The legal drink-drive limit is 50mg per millilitre with breath test a frequent
occurance. Fines for this are very high.
It is compulsory to wear both front and rear seatbelts