N332 & COYS RENT A CAR; COMMON DRIVING ACTIONS THAT CAN LEAD TO FINES IN SPAIN – PART 1
As summer gets into full swing, the roads of many countries become awash with foreign vehicles and drivers, and whereas everyone welcomes tourists, it is important that the rules of each country are abided by, which does take a little bit of research beforehand.
So, to help out, for the next few weeks, we will list some of the common problems frequently witnessed on the roads of Spain, often but not exclusively by foreign drivers, but it is fair to say that there are many people who don’t know the rules, but are also often committed by those who really should by now know the law.
THROWING OBJECTS OUT OF THE WINDOW
A prohibited gesture that many of the drivers carry out is to throw objects out of the window. It is also not allowed to "deposit objects on the road that may hinder the circulation, stop or parking of other vehicles".
Smoking paraphernalia poses a serious risk to the environment, as can all too frequently be seen by the increase in wildfires, but any and every object thrown from a vehicle or deposited on the road is also a risk.
DRIVING WITH LITTLE (OR TOO MUCH) CLOTHING
The General Traffic Regulations do not define the clothing that must be worn, but it does require that it allow you to maintain adequate freedom of movement.
A traffic officer can perceive a risk if a driver is seen wearing a coat that is too thick, for example, or more likely at this time of year, not wearing a shirt.
Similarly, wearing inappropriate footwear such as flip flops may prevent the driver from manoeuvring safely and can easily be identified as a reason for a driver not maintaining full control of a vehicle, and so can result in a fine.