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Driving on Holiday in Spain

Whilst on holiday at a luxury Spanish resort you may wish to drive. The following information is a summary of Spanish traffic regulations intended for guidance use. Clarification, confirmation and further information on these or any other aspects of traffic laws must be sought from the Spanish traffic authorities at the address below.

Subdirección General de Normativa. Josefa Valcarcel 28 28071 Madrid; Tel. (0034 91) 714 3211 /06/08/16, Fax.(0034 91) 7143214

British citizens NOT in possession of a licence that conforms to the EU three part printed pink document will require an international driving licence when driving in Spain. Non British citizens need to contact the Spanish Consulate in London for advice on driving licences. No person under 14 may ride a motorcycle. 14 year olds may ride motorcycles up to 50cc (or 45 kms maximum). 16 is the minimum age to ride machines 50 to 125 cc and 18 for over 125cc. A permit is required in all cases.

It is required that drivers carry two warning triangles, a complete set of spare bulbs, fuses and spare wheel as well as the appropriate tools to replace them. Drivers requiring glasses need to carry a spare pair at all times when driving. As for fuel, whilst it is against the law to carry spare fuel, drivers would be made responsible, and fined accordingly, should their cars be immobilised on the road for shortage of petrol. All drivers are required to wear a reflecting jacket of high visibility when getting off their vehicle in intercity roads.

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