Driving is Sharing

The DGT have launched a new road traffic campaign. It is called “Driving is sharing”.

Driving isn’t a solo act, folks! Many think they’re the lone rangers of the road, cruising through life with their steering skills as their shield against all perils. But let’s face it: road safety is a team sport!

That’s the gist behind the new awareness campaign that hit the airwaves recently, courtesy of the Traffic Department. With the catchy slogan “Over 40 million daily trips, yet some still think they’re driving solo,” they’re serving up a dose of reality. Through everyday scenarios, they’re showing drivers as both the problem and the solution.

In a friendly jab, they’re remixing Celine Dion’s classic “All By Myself” to showcase various drivers belting out tunes behind the wheel, thinking they own the road. But cue the reality check: the traffic jungle ain’t no solo gig, folks! Watch as their driving dreams collide with other cars, pedestrians, scooter riders, and whatnot.

The campaign, hitting screens and airwaves until April 12th, features TV spots ranging from 45 to 20 seconds, set to invade televisions, cinemas, and social media feeds. They’ve cooked up radio jingles, outdoor billboards, and print ads, along with bite-sized social media content, to drive the message home. So buckle up, amigos, and remember, it’s a highway, not your personal driveway!

Additionally, they’ve whipped up a webpage where users can play around with the campaign’s central concept, “you’re not alone,” through a video featuring a dual perspective. On one hand, you’ll experience the subjective view of the driver, complete with the campaign’s music. On the flip side, by hitting pause on the music, you’ll get a glimpse of the journey from the perspective of the other players: pedestrians, other cars, scooter riders, you name it. It’s like seeing the road through two sets of eyes, offering a quirky twist on the driving experience. So hop online and take a spin—it’s a wild ride!

Information on electric charging points now available

Information on electric charging points is now available

Information regarding electric charging points for vehicles is now accessible via the National Access Point, as of the 9th of February 2024. Drivers will receive this information through their web browsers and mobility applications, providing them with comprehensive details for their use.

From today onwards, complete details about electric charging points for vehicles are available at the National Access Point. Navigation tools and various mobility applications will be able to offer users real-time access to this information.

Information on electric charging points is now available

This obligation stems from a European Union’s Commission Delegated Regulation, which laid down specifications ensuring accessibility, exchange, reuse, and updating of road and traffic data across the EU for real-time traffic information services.

Each Member State is to establish a National Access Point, serving as a single point of access for users to road and traffic data. In Spain, this is managed by the General Directorate of Traffic.

The government will provide information on electric charging points to the public through the National Access Point managed by the Central Traffic Headquarters. Electric charging service providers must, in advance, furnish all necessary information to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge regarding the location, characteristics, and availability of these facilities.

Publication of electric vehicle charging points will adhere to an agreed format, facilitating integration into third-party applications.

Drivers will have access to information about each facility’s location, opening hours, available services (e.g., hotel, restaurant, cafeteria, supermarket), accessibility measures, supported payment methods, number of charging points and connectors available. Additionally, details about connector type, format, charging mode, power, and voltage characteristics will be provided to users.

DGT Environmental badge

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dgt environmental badge


    What is the DGT Environmental badge?

    The Environmental badge is a system designed to classify vehicles based on emissions and efficiency.

    There are four categories:

    0 emissions badge

    This category includes electric vehicles and some hybrids. It is the least polluting group of vehicles.

    Eco badge

    In this category, you will come across mainly gas and many hybrid vehicles. A plug-in hybrid, HEVs LNG and CNG vehicle types.

    C Badge

    This green badge is for vehicles that will include passenger vehicles, and vans registered after January 2006 and are fuelled on petrol. Also in this group are those vehicles running on diesel registered after September 2015. These vehicles will meet the latest Euro emissions standards.

    B Badge

    In this category are vehicles that do not meet the latest Euro emissions standards.

    Do I need the DGT environmental Badge?

    This depends on whether you want to drive your vehicle in a restricted zone. There are several emission zones already in place. Madrid and Barcelona have had them in place for several years. They are being rolled out throughout Spain so it will become more likely that you will encounter a zone in the future. If you do not have the correct DGT environmental badge displayed in your vehicle, then you are prohibited from driving in certain zones.

    How do I know what DGT Environmental badge I need?

    This is fairly straightforward. You can use a free online tool. Enter your registration number and the tool displays the category that corresponds to that vehicle.

    What environmental badge does my vehicle need?

    Where do I get an environment badge?

    You obtain the DGT environmental badge from the post office (Correos). It costs five euros. However, if your post office is like mine and you don’t want to spend half the morning queuing up then you can buy the DGT environmental badge online at the official post office website to buy the disc online. When we looked they want you to pay 20 euros to avoid the queues in the post office by buying online and for the last two days the site said they were “sold out”!

    Another alternative I found posted on a Facebook group website seemed to be more competitive at 6.50 euros. It was marked as the official DGT site in the post but I am not sure that is correct. https://www.pegatinas-dgt.com/en . The website states it is an authorised dealer for the stickers and it is run by a company called ANSIB NET SOLUTIONS, S.L.

    I ordered mine from Pegatinas-dgt.com on 18 January at 6.20pm and received confirmation of the order immediately. I paid 3,95 euros extra to receive a tracking code for delivery which was confirmed to me the following day. The DGT environmental sticker arrived by registered post 20 January.

    You can also buy the sticker at garages which are members of the Spanish Confederation of Repair Workshops. (Red de talleres de la Confederación Española de talleres (CETRAA)) and Administrative Gestorias.


    dgt environmental badge letter

    How much does an environmental badge cost?

    The standard cost is 5 euros. They can be obtained from the post office (Correos). The Correos is also offering them online but at a cost of 20 euros. You can obtain them from Administrative Gestorias and a network of garage workshops including those workshops that are members of CETRAA.

    Historic vehicle regulations in Spain 2023

    Historic vehicles regulation in Spain 2023
    Historic vehicles regulation in Spain 2023

    It was 1995 that the current regulation for historical vehicles in Spain came into force. The Spanish authorities now want to update these regulations. The idea is to make them less cumbersome and more affordable. The idea is the new historic vehicle regulations in Spain 2023 receive approval in the summer. The goal is to then implement them in the autumn.

    The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) in agreement with the Ministry of Industry, the Autonomous Communities and the Spanish Federation of Antique Vehicles (FEVA) have prepared new regulations. Historical registration plate Criteria

    To request classification of your vehicle as historical the current regulations stipulate it must meet one of several criteria including:

    i) be at least 30 years since it was manufactured or first registration and in its original condition

    ii) It is also possible to request if the vehicle is listed in the Inventario General de Bienes Muebles de Patrimonio Histórico Español

    iii) declared an asset of cultural heritage

    i) a vehicle deemed collectible due to its scarcity or uniqueness.

    The number of potential new registrations for historical plates is unknown.  Some estimates put it at 2 million vehicles, whereas at the moment the number is some 47,000.

    The new process will do away with the need to catalogue the vehicle in the Autonomous Communities. This should save over 130 euros. There will also be other savings in both time and cost. In some cases, the costs involved exceed the value of the vehicle. Especially in the case of old motorcycles.

    There will be two categories of vehicles under the new regulations.

    Group A will consist of vehicles more than thirty years old. These vehicles will already be circulating legally on Spanish roads. Additionally, they must not have had any reforms that will have compromised their originality.

    To achieve the classification of ‘historic’, their owners must only present a responsible declaration that they meet the established requirements. On top they must have the ITV and insurance in force.

    The anticipation is that the cost of this process is around twenty euros.

    Group B consists of vehicles not classified in Group A. For example, imported vehicles or those that are not currently circulating on Spanish roads. Under the new regulations, it is necessary to obtain a report from Servicios Técnicos de Vehículos Históricos to register these vehicles as historic. This report should declare the vehicle fit to circulate on Spanish roads. The report may include restrictions about circulating at night if the vehicle does not have lights or where the vehicle’s maximum speed would make it dangerous to circulate on certain roads.

    No Inspections

    Using several other European countries regulations as a reference the new procedures will see any vehicle registered before 1950 exempt from the need to undertake a technical inspection. This includes all historical motorbikes and mopeds.

    However, the standard also regulates the mechanical and structural modifications allowed to the vehicle, to guarantee its originality. The ITV will admit those reforms that they were common during the vehicle’s production period and in the fifteen years that followed. It also allows car parts that no longer exist or that cannot be bought in the market are replaced by reproductions or similar.

    Vehicles newer than 1950 and regardless of their historical status, must have the ITV in force to be able to circulate. Depending on the age of the vehicle, the period between ITV revisions is up to 4 years. Mechanical or security elements that are currently mandatory, for example, the seat belt. will not be required, if they were not equipped with them from the factory. They are exempt from complying with European regulations on polluting emissions.

    Low Emission City Centres

    The circulation of historic vehicles in urban areas is another of the important issues contemplated by the new regulations, although the final decision remains in the hands of each city council. For this reason, the new standard urges these entities to “establish formulas, through their municipal ordinances, that allow access and circulation” of historic vehicles in the Low Emission Zones (ZBE) of city centres.

    Source: DGT.es

    New road traffic laws Spain 2022

    New road traffic laws Spain 2022

    The congress of deputies approves new traffic laws

    Legislation to amend the road traffic law in Spain have been approved by the Congress of Deputies and will come into effect three months after the publication of the official bulletin.

    This will see and increase from 3 to 6 the points to be deducted in the case of holding a mobile in your hand whilst driving and 4 for not using the seat belt. This was previously 3 points.

    The rate of 0gr / l in blood or 0mg / l of ehaled air is now included for motorists under 18.

    The provision that passenger cars and motorcycles can exceed speed limits on convential roads by 20 km / h
    when overtaking other vehciles is withdrawn.

    Use intercom devices in the tests for the obtaining and recovering driving licenses, will incur a penalty of 500 euros and the applicant will not be able to re-test for a period of 6 months.

    The objective of this normative modification is to update several precepts of the Law on penalty points, a tool that has proven effective in reducing the accident rate on the roads in Spain. However, it was necessary to update to improve the efficiency of the system, adapt it to the
    times and reinforce road safety.

    Main amendments to the road traffic laws in Spain


    Increase from 3 to 6 the points for use of hand held mobile phones while driving. Since 2016, distractions behind the wheel have been the number one cause of fatal accidents (31%), in 2020. The proliferation of social media, Mobile dependence and immediacy are harmful elements while driving, therefore the penalty points has led to the Spanish authorities increasing the penalty points for this type of infraction. There is also a 200 euro fine.

    Seat belt and other protection

    Increases from 3 to 4 penalty points for not using a seatbelt properly or failure to use a child restraint system. Additionally, the same penalty if you fail to use a helmet where required. The fine is the same penalty of 200 euros.
    1 in 4 deaths in a traffic accident still does not use the
    seat belt.

    More safety for cyclists

    With an increase in the safety of cyclists in mind, one orads with more than one lane, you must change lane to pass cyclists. This is also the same for passing mopeds. Infactions now incur 6 penalty points rather than 4 penalty points when overtaking and endangering or hindering cyclists. For example, without leaving the mandatory minimum separation of 1.5m. The fine remains 200 euros.

    Throwing objects form your vehicle

    The penalty points for throwing objects from your car are now 6 points rather than 4. Cigarettes for example.

    Alcohol limit for young drivers in Spain

    Drivers under the age of 18 using any vehicle (mopeds, AM license, motorcycles up to 125cc, bicycles and personal mobility vehicles) may not circulate with an alcohol level greater than 0, both in blood and air exhaled.

    Anti-start breathalysers

    (Alcoholock) mandatory for motorcycles road passenger transport vehicles that are registered from 6 July 2022. These vehicles are required to have an alcohol ignition interlock.

    Overtaking rule changes

    The possibility of passenger cars and motorcycles legally exceeding the speed limits by 20 km / h on conventional roads when passing other vehicles is now withdrawn.
    2 out of 3 fatal accidents occur on roads conventional. In 2019, for example, 239 died in a frontal collision on a conventional road.

    Increase in drones to monitor traffic in Spain

    drones to monitor traffic in Spain

    The General Directorate of Traffic has finalized the distribution throughout the Spanish territory of the 39 surveillance drones -28 more than in 2020. The drones will be used to support the twelve traffic helicopters used by the traffic section of the Guardia civil.

    In May 2018 the drones began to be used in test mode and since August 2019 they have been used for the surveillance and detection of traffic infractions.

    The drones are intended for the detection of reckless behavior on the roads and the surveillance of traffic in those sections of high risk of accidents. Additionally, they will be positioned on roads with a greater traffic of vulnerable users, in particular cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

    They will also be used to monitor and support regulation in operations and special events in which a high number of road movements are concentrated. They could also be used for ordinary regulatory missions complementary to those carried out by helicopters; and to support emergencies.

    Drone and traffic fines in Spain
    drones to monitor traffic in Spain

    The DGT has trained 35 personnel in piloting the drones and 60 personnel in handling the cameras that these systems integrate. The General Directorate of Traffic is accredited by the State Agency for Aviation Safety as an operator of remotely piloted aircraft systems. Likewise, the DGT helicopter unit is a pilot training organization for the issuance of basic and advanced certificates for piloting drones.

    How do they work ?

    The operation of these drones is carried out by a pilot, who is in charge of handling the flight controls, and an operator who maneuvers the camera.

    The infraction captured by drones may be notified immediately by an agent of the Traffic Group of the Civil Guard or be processed later by the competent authorities. 

    The 39 drones will be distributed throughout the country, except the Basque Country and Catalonia.

    Each DGT helicopter patrol based in A Coruña, Zaragoza, Valladolid, Seville, Malaga and Valencia will have two drones to carry out operations in their local area of ​​influence. The central base in Madrid will have 15 aircraft that, in addition to flying over the roads of the Community of Madrid and Castilla la Mancha, will provide support to the rest of the provinces of the national territory that need it.

    For their part, Cantabria, Asturias and Extremadura will have two drones per area; and the island areas of the Balearic and Canary Islands, with three units each.

    History of drones and traffic infractions in Spain

    Since the start of the drone traffic surveillance activity in 2018, the DGT has accumulated 500 flight hours with these systems, has monitored more than 55,000 vehicles and has detected more than 600 infractions. It has become one of the most effective means of detecting the use of mobile telephones behind the wheel (they represent 12.5% ​​of the total infractions detected), the incorrect use of seat belts and child restraint systems (15, 9%), and overtaking cyclists without respecting the minimum safety distances (4%).

    MiDGT mobile application

    MiDGT mobile application


    Introduction to MiDGT

    MiDGT mobile application is the official name of the android/apple application from the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) in Spain.

    Launched in March 2020 it gives the user access to their driving licence, the number of points they retain on their driving licence as well as details about Spanish vehicles registered in their name. More recently the DGT have added more features including being able to consult the taxes to pay when buying a car and ordering a report on a vehicle to see if there are any reasons why it cannot be transferred to a new owner, if you were thinking of buying it.

    You can update your mobile phone and email address held by the DGT and authorise the receipt of notifications from the DGT.

    When you log in you will see your photo, your points summary and the vehicles you own listed further down.

    In the top left corner are the three lines which opens up a menu. From here you can add your mobile phone number and email to the records that the DGT hold and also switch on or off a button to receive notifications.

    Next to the welcome message and photo of the registered user is the option “Ver mi carnet”. Click here and this takes you to a copy of your Spanish driving licence.


    Copy of your Spanish Driving Licence

    MiDGT mobile application 4

    Once you click “Ver mi carnet” on the DGT mobile application your driving licence appears.

    It will show all the details of the original plastic card that you probably have in your wallet.

    Your date of birth, DNI/NIE etcetera. You can click to turn the card on the MiDGT mobile application around.

    This then shows you the list of vehicle categories you have permission to drive. The dates of when you were authorised to drive each category of vehicle and the expiry date for each category is also shown in the same format as it is on the original pink plastic card licence.

    The image explains the front of the driving licence as it appears on the MiDGT mobile application. The letters and numbers next to row headed “9” are the categories of vehicles you have permission to drive.

    In the top right corner you will see a blue arrow forming almost a circle. Click this icon and you are presented with the reverse side of your driving licence.

    Here you have more details about the category of vehicles you have permission to drive. When you were authorised to drive them and when the category expires.

    If you return to the first page we looked at, the one when you access the application then lower down you will see the list of vehicles registered in your name.

    List of your Spanish vehicles

    Here you can click on each one to find out more information about each one. There is information on the make and model of the vehicle, what fuel it uses and the engine size (cilindrada).

    You will also find the VIN / Bastidor number and the date the vehicle was first registered. Now of course, it also has the environmental rating shown.

    Further down the individual vehicle page you have confirmation of whether it passed the last ITV and very usefully the date the current ITV expires.

    Lower down the page are the insurance records of the vehicle and the insurance renewal date.

    For each vehicle registered in your name there is a record. You can access them one by one from the front page of the MiDGT mobile application.

    DGT are expanding information available

    The DGT has expanded the funcionality of the application since its launch. You can now carry out various administrative tasks from your mobile phone. You can pay relevant fees using the MiDGT mobile application, pay traffic fines, identify the driver who caused the traffic infraction if it was not you that was driving.

    MiDGT mobile application

    Get a vehicle report for a car in Spain

    It is now possible to get both the short and full report on vehicles registered in Spain. This is particularly important if you are looking to buy a second hand car in Spain.

    The full report is 8.67 euros (2022) and will show you if the vehicle is in a position to be transferred to a new owner.

    1. To obtain a vehicle report on a Spanish car then click the menu icon in the top left corner.
    2. Then select “informe de vehiculos”
    3. You will se a screen with two options. “Solicitar informe basico” which is a basic and free report. The second option and recomended option if you are thinking of buying a vehicle is “solicitar informe completo”.
    4. A new screen opens and you have to type in the registration number of the vehicle (matricula)
    5. Next you are asked to complete the reason for your request for the report (Motivo de la solicitud). There are currently four options. If you are looking at possibly purchasing the vehicle then click “posible adquisición del vehículo”
    6. Then click “seleccionar at the bottom of the page.
    7. Then you will be asked to pay the report fee (Pago de tasa) You can choose to pay by credit card or bank account. They only accept payment by debit or credit card from a limited range of banks so you may have to input your Spanish bank account details.
    8. Click to pay the tax and you can download the report to your phone.
    vehicle information report spain
    Top part of the first page of a vehicle report in Spain

    Vehicle Report in Spain content

    Once you have downloaded the report  you will see the registration number of the relevant vehicle in the top right hand corner. Just below and on the left you can see if the vehicle has an insurance policy in place and whether there is a current ITV (Similar to MOT in the UK). If there is then both will be indicated by a green circle with a white tick in it.

    The next section will give the name of the current owner.

    The third section headed “Identificación del vehículo” gives you information about the vehicle. It includes the registration number, the date it was first registered, the model, the VIN number, whether the car is leased (renting)  and the registered address of the vehicle.

    The next section confirms the vehicle has insurance or not and with which company it is insured.

    After that you will find a list of previous owners and whether they were individuals or businesses. There are further details on when each previous owner registered the car and finished being the owner.

    “Historical de Inspecciones Técnicas” is the area where you will find details of the previous ITVs undertaken by the vehicle. You will see if it passed or not and if it failed was it a serious failure. It also shows the kilometres at the time of the test and the dates of the ITV tests.

    After the ITV section you can find more technical information about the car. The engine size, the power of the engine, the number of seats, weight  and level of emissions.

    Other sections may appear in the report especially if there is some adverse information. The report may indicate that there is an embargo on the vehicle or a loan outstanding on it. There also could be an indication that the vehicle is registered as “baja” or off the road with the traffic authorities and if so it should not be circulating.

    There also could be an “incidencia denegatoria” which means you need to contact Trafico. It could be that there is some kind of restriction to rectify before it can be sold, for example.

    How to download the application

    The application can be downloaded using your android phone’s play store or if you are an apple user from the App Store.

    To access the application you will either have to have a digital signature installed on your mobile phone or have access to the Cl@ve PIN application as part of the security measures to access the information.

    To log in the first time I used the Cla@ve PIN application I already have installed on my phone. It makes it a bit cumbersome the first time but then the next time I wanted to log in I just had to use my finger print and went smoothly straight into the application.

    The MiDGT mobile application has more and more functionality and the road traffic authority the DGT is keen to bring more features to the application in the future.

    One final point, for the time being we still recommend you have possession of your physical driving licence on you whilst driving.

    100 most dangerous sections of road in Spain


    The Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, accompanied by four time World Champion motorcycle rider Jorge Martinez Aspar, gave a presentation last week in which he told the audience that new signage would be displayed in the 100 most dangerous sections of road in Spain for motorcyclists. The idea is to give greater warning to motorists driving along these segments of the road network.

    Averaging around 2 kilometres each in length the dangerous sections of road reach across the whole Spanish territory. A study of the sinuosity of the road and the mortality rate over the last five years helped identify the dangerous stretches.

    Referring to the data held on the accident rates for motorcyclists he focused on the magnitude of the problem faced. Grande-Marlaska said, “When faced with a problem in road safety, the first thing to do is to inform and educate the user and then monitor and control compliance with the regulations that affect them.”

    A list of the 100 most dangerous sections of road in Spain

    The DGT website has a complete list of the 100 most dangerous sections of road in Spain.

    These chunks of the road network will now feature new signage. The new high-visibility road signs warn you that your speed may monitored. In addition, the authorities have added the mortality rate over the last few years in an attempt to force home the seriousness of the message.

    More surveillance

    The first sign has already appeared on the M131 at kilometre 4.3. The full roll-out is expected to be completed before Easter 2021. The plan is for further studies to try and improve the design of these sections. In the meantime, those responsible for monitoring road safety will intensify their efforts on these particular sections of the road network. Expect more surveillance and control by the road traffic authorities. This includes the use of police helicopters and drones to monitor traffic speed and illegal road maneuvers.

    Part of the drive behind these latest efforts is that 2019 saw 466 motorcyclists die on Spanish roads, 45 more than the previous year. Motorcycles comprise a significant percentage of the fleet of vehicles on Spanish roads. In fact, 5.5 million two-wheeled vehicles exist in the country, which represents 19% of total vehicles but 27% of those killed in traffic accidents.

    The majority of deaths were riders between the ages of 35 and 44. Most deaths occurred at the weekend on secondary roads.

    Source: DGT.es

    Image: ©Miguel Berrocal

    You are under surveillance

    DGT under surveillance

    From today and until 20 September there will be extra surveillance under the management of the Traffic Authorities (DGT) on Spain’s road network. It is part of an annual programme of special events and is extra significant as distractions are the one of the biggest cause of fatalities on the roads. In 2019 and for the fourth year running distraction was the main factor in 28% of road fatalities.

    This year the municipal police will also be involved in order to further strengthen the campaign. One of the main results of distraction is a head on collision with another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.

    The authorities have 12 helicopters, drones, 216 fixed cameras and fifteen unmarked vans at their disposal.

    In order to avoid distractions, the traffic authorities recommend the following:

    • Before taking the wheel: Sleep well, do not ingest alcohol and other drugs, do not eat large meals, take care of the intake of certain medications.
    • On the way: Better not to smoke, and if you feel drowsy, stop.
    • Maintain a comfortable temperature: 21 or 22 degrees is an advisable temperature.
    • Careful with the mobile: It is an important cause of distractions. Use only for emergencies and with the car stopped. It is recommended to activate the ” car mode ” in those devices that have it.
    • Radio / MP3: Handling them distracts us, systems that are controlled directly from the wheel are advisable. Programming stations and CDs before the trip is a good option.
    • Traveling with GPS: Trying to program a route while traveling is very dangerous. It must be done before.


    One of the main reasons for driver distraction is the use of a mobile phone while driving. Its use multiplies by four the risk of suffering an accident and the risk is comparable to driving with excess alcohol.

    Using the mobile phone while driving means taking your eyes off the road for a certain time in which you travel a series of metres without the driver having control of the vehicle, since the attention is focused on the mobile.

    According to the latest Distractions report prepared by RACE, 96% of the surveyed users confessed to having seen someone talking on their mobile while driving (80% on a regular basis) and 76% said they used it without speaking, only manipulating or looking at it. The report details that in the case of social networks, 18% of drivers admit to having used social networks while driving, of which 12% do so regularly. This percentage increases to 17% among young people between 18 and 24 years old. 


    • Sleep and fatigue are two risk factors that are very unknown and at the same time highly implicated in road accidents: rear ending, leaving the road, or invading the opposite lane are very frequent types of accidents due to these factors.

    • Smoking and driving: lighting a cigarette takes an average of 4 seconds. At a speed of 100 km / h, in that time we will have traveled 113 metres. According to the conclusions of various research studies, smoking while driving multiplies the risk of an accident by 1.5.


    The Road Safety Law considers it a serious offense to drive using mobile phone devices, Sat Navs or any other communication system manually, as well as driving using headphones or other devices that reduce the mandatory permanent attention to driving.

    These infractions involve a fine of 200 euros and the loss of 3 points.

    Source: DGT

    Driving licences extended 60 days if they expire during the State of Alarm

    How to change a UK driving licence to a Spanish driving licence

    The Interior Ministry has issued an order extending the validity of driving licenses that expire during the state of alarm for 60 days. 

    The order, published this Saturday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), states that “driving permits and licenses, as well as other administrative authorizations to drive, whose period of validity expires during the state of alarm, will be automatically extended while it lasts the same and up to sixty calendar days after its completion ”. 

    The resolution, signed by the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, also affects valid foreign driving licenses to drive in Spain. The law establishes that these permits are valid for six months from arrival in Spain and that, after that period, foreign drivers must exchange their country’s permit for a Spanish one. 

    The order published today in the BOE establishes that the computation of those six months is paralysed during the state of alarm, and will resume once that period has ended. Therefore, foreign driving licenses for which the legal six months have not expired remain valid during the state of alarm. 

    Essential vehicles exempt from some traffic restrictions

    The resolution also affects certain vehicles that provide essential services such as the distribution of medicines, medical supplies or food. The Royal Decree, by which the state of alarm was established, indicates that the Minister of the Interior “may agree to close the circulation of roads or sections of them for reasons of public health, safety or fluidity of traffic or the restriction on access of certain vehicles for the same reasons. ” The order issued this Saturday indicates that these restrictions that may be established will not affect: 

    a) Roadside assistance vehicles. 

    b) Vehicles and road maintenance and maintenance services. 

    c) Vehicles for the distribution of medicines and medical supplies. 

    d) Urban solid waste collection vehicles. 

    e) Vehicles destined for food distribution. 

    f) The transportation of flux materials. 

    g) Vehicles destined to transport fuels. 

    h) Live livestock transport vehicles. 

    i) The transport of perishable goods (fruits, fresh vegetables and others), provided that the perishable goods account for at least half of the vehicle’s payload capacity or occupy half of the vehicle’s payload volume. 

    j) The vehicles of the State Society of Posts and Telegraphs. 

    The restrictions will also not affect other vehicles “that help guarantee the supply of goods or the provision of essential services for the population.” The Royal Decree on the state of alarm already indicated that these restrictions did not affect emergency vehicles or police vehicles. The order signed by the Interior Minister has been issued, like the rest of the resolutions established under the Royal Decree on the state of alarm, in order to protect the health and safety of citizens, contain the progression of the disease and reinforce the public health system. The objective is to guarantee the supply of basic necessities and the provision of essential services for our society. 

    To make this measure effective and guarantee unity and coordination in its execution, the order establishes that the General Director of Traffic, Pere Navarro, report the same “to those responsible for traffic in the Autonomous Communities, or, where appropriate, of the local entities that have assumed competences in the matter of traffic ”.