Renting a hire car for your holiday in Spain – then make sure you are aware of speeding fines and other common motoring offences faced in 2022 and beyond. Also be find out more about how British holidaymakers will often be made to pay on the spot fines.
Here we look at the top six common driving fines given out to drivers in Spain.
Many Brits take to Spanish roads each year, but do they know the driving rules that could attract big fines. (Credit: Pixabay)
Like many countries, Spain has system for speeding the see graded fines, that depend on the speed at which the driver was exceeding the limit.
Top of the scale offence can attract a fine €600 (£525), with lesser speeds being given a penalty of €100 (£87). Other fines of €300 (£260), €400 (£350) and €500 (£437) can also be given out.
Penalty points will not be transferred to your UK licence. Drivers will likely be asked to pay on the spot if not a resident of Spain.
There are more than 360 fixed cameras in Spain, including stealth-like detector called the Velolaser. Which can be hidden and controlled by an operator miles away. Look out for new cameras, too, like the 360-degree Nano Parifex that recently launched in France.
Here is a full list of the fines graded by speed. (If viewing on a mobile device, view following table in landscape to see full range of fines.)
2. Using a mobile phone while driving
Like the UK, Spain has introduced new laws around the use of mobile phones for drivers. Similarly to in the UK, you don’t have to be using the phone, but just having it in your hand while driving can result in a fine.
The fine is likely to cost you €200 in Spain – and like most fines, if you are not a Spanish resident, you will need to pay the fine on the spot. However, there is likely to be a discount of 50% for doing so.
If you cannot pay, the police could impound your vehicle until the payment is made.
Locals will also receive penalty points, but these will not apply to your UK licence if you are fined.
3. Driving in sliders or flip flops
We already looked at driving in sliders in the UK, but what are the rules when heading out in Spain? And just like in the UK, there is no specific law that says wearing sliders as you drive to the beach is illegal, but if a policeman decides the footwear impedes your ability to drive safely, you could be given a penalty.
If the Spanish cop decides the sliders or flip flops are a problem, you could be given a €200 fine. Again, British holidaymakers would be expected to pay on the spot if not resident in Spain.
4. Eating and drinking while driving?
Again, it would not be unusual to find yourself eating an ice cream or downing some ice-cold water while enjoying the hot Spanish weather, but it could also get you fined by the police.
As with wearing flip flops or sliders, there is no specific law, but once again, if a cop believes it is a distraction to your driving, you could be issued with a €200 fine that would need to be paid on the spot for non-dom Brits.
5. Tossing litter out of the car window
Quite rightly, anyone seen throwing rubbish from a car will more than likely be hit with a fine for their actions.
The fine will also be higher after a new traffic law was introduced to increase the penalties for such actions. This includes the likes of tossing cigarettes out of the car window.
If you’re caught, expect to receive a fine of up to €500 – with points on your licence for locals. Again, the fine will need to be paid on the spot for foreign tourists.
6. Not wearing a seatbelt
Wearing a seatbelt makes sense, so failure to pull one on properly while driving on Spain is likely to result in a fine if caught by a policeman.
The fine could be up to €200, which will most likely need to be paid on the spot – with an early-pay discount of course, as with most roadside fines.
Stay safe when in Spain
Make sure you ask to see the officer's ID if asked to pay on the spot and call the emergency number for confirmation if not sure the police officer stopping you is genuine.
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Author: Pete Barden:
Pete Barden is a qualified journalist who has written and produced for publications including The Sun (thesun.co.uk), New Statesman Media Group, Whatcar? (Whatcar.com) Stuff Magazine (Stuff.tv), Fastcar Magazine (Fastcar.co.uk), Maxim Magazine and UK broadcast stations within the Heart network (Formerly GCAP). Pete specialises in motoring and travel content, along with news and production roles. You can find out more about Pete Barden on LinkedIn.