REVISED SPEED LIMITS FROM 11th May 2021 Please note that from 11th May there are new speed limits. One lane in each direction on 2 way roads
On roads in town or cities where there is only one lane in the direction you are travelling and there is a raised pavement then the maximum speed limit is 30 kilometres per hour.
Road and pavement at the same height
On those town and urban roads where there is no pavement or the pavement is at the same level as the traffic the speed is further reduced to 20 kilometres per hour.
Two or more lanes in same direction
If the road has two or more lanes in the direction you are travelling, then the maximum speed is 50 kilometres per hour in cities and towns.
General rules overridden by road sign
Please be aware that these speed limits are the maximum allowed. The town hall may indicate a reduction to these maximums. For example, a road with two lanes in one direction and a raised pavement could have a speed limit introduced of less than 50 kilometres per hour its up to the town hall.
Some towns and cities have already introduced new signs but remember from 11th May the new speed limits are nationwide. Speed limits for interurban roads and motorways in Spain
Motorways 120 kilometres per hour.
Dual carriageways some are 120 kilometres per hour. Many however are 80 kls per hour look at the signs.
Please note these are the maximum and there could be signage indicating a maximum speed lower than these limits.
The penalty for driving whilst speaking with a mobile phone has been increased to 6 points.
Increase to 4 points the penalty issued for driving without a seat belt. This points penalty is also the same for not have appropriate child restraints or not wearing a crash helmet on a motorcycle.
One other important change is the withdrawal of the law that allowed you to increase your speed by up to 20 kph above the actual speed limit. This was only permitted when overtaking a vehicle, not driving at the speed limit, on a conventional road.
The legal position was clarified regarding the use of electric scooters. From 2 of January 2021 you cannot use an electric scooter on the pavement or in a pedestrianised area. The maximum speed is 25 kph.
The riders of electric scooters can be subjected to alcohol testing and they must not use headphones whilst operating the scooter.
Vehicles used by people with reduced mobility such as mobility scooters are exempt from these new reforms.
ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO CARRY IN THE CAR
Passport or ID Card and Driving Licence Insurance Certificate Original registration document (permiso de circulación) Ficha Tecnica/itv (Mot Certificate) Two warning triangles Reflective Jacket(s) – for anyone who gets out of the car on a main road. Spare pair of glasses if you wear them Pen Accident and Emergency claim form
If you are driving a UK vehicle, there are three extra requirements.
A ‘green card’ certificate for your insurance – this translates your certificate and proves you have cover abroad
You must put a ‘GB’ sticker on the back of the car.
You must fit headlight deflectors to your car, to stop your lights dazzling oncoming drivers
The first two extra requirements became law when the UK left the EU on December 31st 2020.
So, for a UK registered vehicle to drive legally in Spain, please make sure you carry the essential items listed here, plus the extra three things above.
VACCINE PASSPORT EXPLAINED
They’ve been referred to as simply vaccine passports, Covid passports, Digital Green Certificates (not to be confused with the green residency document for EU residents in Spain)
In a nutshell, it’s a document which will allow tourists who meet certain health criteria relating to Covid-19 to travel more easily throughout the EU, including Spain.
What will it state?
A Digital Green Certificate is digital proof that an EU traveller has either
been vaccinated against Covid-19
or received a negative Covid test result
or recovered from Covid-19
What else do I need to know about it?
It’s completely free and comes in digital or paper format. It includes a QR code and will appear in the language of the country in which it was issued as well as in English.
The green passport will also contain key information such as the person’s name, date of birth, date of issue, relevant vaccine/test/recovery information, and a unique identifier.
How will the Covid passport work?
The Digital Green Certificate contains a QR code with a digital signature to protect it against forgery.
When the certificate is verified, the QR code is scanned to verify the signature and relevant information.
The European Commission will create a portal to verify all certificate signatures throughout the EU.
Who will issue the digital green certificates?
Although it’s an EU-wise scheme, the issuance, stamping and delivery of the certificates will be the responsibility of Spain’s autonomous communities, for those travelling between Spain and another EU country. This applies to both electronic (QR Wallet, PDF with QR) and paper formats.
Each issuing centre (a hospital, test centre or Spanish health authority) will have its own digital signature key. This information will be stored in a secure database in each country.
Does it have any benefits?
The aim of this certificate is to facilitate tourism and travel across the EU this summer.
The main advantages are that Spanish authorities will allow EU citizens and residents to enter Spain without having to quarantine or present a negative Covid test if they instead show a “digital green certificate” or vaccine passport, the country’s General Secretary of Digital Health Alfredo González said last Thursday.
The full implications and conditions are yet to be clarified by the EU but judging by the prerequisites for the Covid passport, the exemption from presenting a negative PCR test would presumably apply to those who have had Covid or been vaccinated, as the other possible criteria to obtain the Digital Green Certificate is to present a negative test result.
It’s also worth noting that Spain is currently not automatically requiring quarantine from nationals of other EU countries either, with only a handful of African and South American nations affected by the South African and Brazilian strain on Spain’s quarantine list.
What will it look like?
The following two images from the European Commission show a mock paper and digital version of the EU’s vaccine passports.
PCR TESTS FOR FREE?
Two Spanish regions and one of the leading proponents of the European Parliament's push for Covid passports are calling for the PCR tests needed for travel to Spain to be made free for EU tourists this summer.
Europeans who are not vaccinated should have access to free PCR tests for travel, according to Juan Fernando López Aguilar, the Spanish MEP who’s leading the European Parliament’s negotiations for the launch of the Digital Green Certificates, or Covid passports.
The EU hopes to introduce their so-called Digital Green Certificates in June, just in time for the summer season. According to the European Commission website, they will have information on whether a traveller has been vaccinated or not, if they have received a negative test result or if they have recovered from Covid-19.
Those Europeans who are not vaccinated or who have not had Covid, will however still have to present a negative PCR test in order to travel between EU countries, and Aguilar is arguing that these must be free.
“We are currently negotiating the measures, some of which I think we can find a broad consensus for,” Aguilar told Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
“The first point we’ll tackle is making PCRs free of charge.
“We are against the economic discrimination PCRs bring.
“They are very expensive, prohibitively so for interns or students. PCRs have to be free of charge.
“Without freedom of movement there will be no social and economic recovery”,
Aguilar concluded, while admitting that getting all EU countries to agree with the proposal will not be easy.
According to Aguilar, the privacy of citizens’ data and free PCR tests were the two most important issues being discussed during the implementation of these new certificates.
State of Alarm’ expires on 9 May
On Tuesday 6 April, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced that his government will not be seeking to extend the current ‘State of Alarm’ in the country beyond 9 May, the date it is set to expire.
This latest nationwide State of Alarm in Spain has been in place since 25 October 2020. The main purpose has been to enable the regional governments the legal requirements to impose and enforce nighttime curfews and other restrictions, where required, in order to combat the spread of Coronavirus.
The new decree imposed an initial nighttime curfew for the whole of Spain from 11pm-6am, although regional authorities are allowed a margin of one hour to bring forward or back these times. The current measures of the decree have allowed the regions to:
Impose and enforce nighttime mobility restrictions
Restrict social gatherings
Restrict the opening hours and capacity of establishments
Restrict entry and exit from a region, or part of a region
Impose confinement to provinces or municipalities, if required, across a region
With nighttime mobility restrictions, only those people who are going to work or returning from work, or who travel due to force majeure, such as for a medical emergency or to care for a dependent person, are allowed to be out. Full details of the measures originally covered by the state of alarm were published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE).
Andalusia Regional perimeter lockdown.
Nighttime curfew from 19 March is from 11pm to 6am.
Bars and restaurants allowed to open until 10.30pm, except in municipalities where incidence rate is above 1,000 per 100,000 inhabitants.
In areas where incidence rate is above 500, no one can leave or enter.
Social gatherings are limited to six people, except inside bars and restaurants, where it is four.
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