Last update 4.11.2018 | First published 24.5.2004
Their number of road fatalities are low compared to the rest of Europe.
|Important numbers :|
|Limit – km/h
|LICENSE (1 – 3 months)
|JAIL (3 – 6 months)
If you have a spanish identity card (for foreigners this is NIE – Número de Identidad de Extranjero) you are wise to pay all fines within 20 days, you will then be given a discount of 50% – except for very serious offences. This also goes for payments on-the-spot.
If you do not have a spanish identity , all fines are to be paid on-the-spot. If you do not pay, the police may take your vehicle as security.
You can pay online via the DGT website:
- Goto www.dgt.es
- Under Tramitas y multas select “Ha recibo una multa de trafico”
- Click Pago de Multas
- Click Pago de Multas sin Certificado Digital
- Fill in the necessary information
You may go to jail for excessive speeding in Spain: Speeding exceeding 80 km/h over the legal limit in motorways, or exceeding 60 km/h over the legal limit in city roads will be penalized with either imprisonment or a heavy fine based upon your salary or social works, and with deprivation of the driving licence for up to 4 years.
The active use of a mobile phone will cost you €200 and a loss of three points.
These rules are part of the new traffic law from May 2014.
There are plenty of Spanish speed cameras. The boxes are painted gray and often not easy to see. They all photograph from behind. You will find an interactive map of all the cameras at mapas.race.es (in Spanish, click on “Radares” at the top).
Some cameras are linked in pairs and will calculate your average speed for a distance – without any warning.
You will not know about your fine and penalty points until you receive a letter in the post. If you decide to ignore the fine it does get interest added and the authorities come down very hard on you and ignoring fines can cost a lot of extra money.
You can pay via the net, but it is complicated. There are two steps. First you must confirm the driver. Then, after a while, you will be able to pay. And it is all in spanish. You pay at Dirección General de Tráfico.
You will find a discussion on this here.
This does not, however apply to motorways, dual carriageways, or in towns or on roads with special limits different from the standard limits for this type of road.
|Spain in detail :||→ the complete list summarized on one page|
|30 km/h||31-50 km/h||50||–|
|LICENSE(1||more than 80 km/h||300||6|
|JAIL(2||more than 90 km/h||6-12mf(3||12|
|50 km/h||51-70 km/h||50||–|
|LICENSE(1||more than 100 km/h||300||6|
|JAIL(2||more than 110 km/h||6-12mf(3||12|
|80 km/h||81-110 km/h||50||–|
|LICENSE(1||more than 151 km/h||300||6|
|JAIL(2||more than 160 km/h||6-12mf(3||12|
|120 km/h||121-150 km/h||50||–|
|LICENSE(1||more than 190 km/h||300||6|
|JAIL(2||more than 200 km/h||6-12mf(3||12|
|x) The official fines are double of those shown here.
By paying on-the-spot or within 20 days as a local you will get the fines shown here.
1) 1-3 months.
2) Jail 3-6 months or fine equal to between 6 and 12 months salary or between 31 and 90 days of community work. You will lose your license for between one and four years. This is stated in art. 379.1 del Código Penal (conducción a velocidad excesiva).
3) Monthly fine, equals one month salary.
Fines and reactions may change without any warnings.
Please report any corrections or errors below.
|30 km/h||37 km/h|
|50 km/h||57 km/h|
|80 km/h||87 km/h|
|100 km/h||109 km/h|
|110 km/h||120 km/h|
|120 km/h||131 km/h|
There is a margin of error in all radar measurements, both fixed and mobile. On roads with a speed limit between 30km/h and 90 km/h, the drivers can be fined when they drive more than 7 km/h over the limit. On roads with speed limits of 100 km/h or more, the margin of error is 7%.
In addition, all mobile radars will now be visible to the drivers. The aim is to make drivers respect the limits (other countries often try to hide their mobile checkpoints).
You start with 12 points and lose your license when you are down to zero. Click here to see the complete list on Spanish traffic points from DGT (in Spanish).
Here is a summary of points not related to speeding:
- Six-point deduction
- Drunk driving (over 50mg per 100ml)
- Refusing to take a drug or breathalyser test
- Reckless driving or participating in unauthorised vehicle racing
- Driving in the wrong direction
- Manipulating the speed limiter function
- Driving vehicles using a radar inhibitor devices (radar jammer) or traffic monitoring systems
- Four-point deduction
- Drunk driving (over 25mg per 100ml)
- Not stopping at: red light traffic signs and Stop signs, and priorities of passage, as well as failure to follow the signals of a traffic police officer
- Discarding objects that may cause accidents, fires or obstruct circulation
- Dangerous overtaking
- Driving with a withdrawn driving licence or driving a vehicle which has been removed from circulation
- Reversing on motorways and expressways
- Failure to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front
- Reversing on motorways and expressways.
- Three-point deduction
- Driving without lights in poor visibility
- Using a hand-held mobile phone or wearing headphones while driving
- Not wearing a seatbelt (or helmet when riding a motorcycle)
- Doing a U-turn which does not comply with the law for Road
- Use of radar detector
- Two-point deductions
- Stopping on a bend or in a tunnel.
Justlanded.com explains how to get your points back:
Drivers who lose all their designated points automatically lose their licence. To regain their licence, drivers must retake the driving test and take a driving course of around 30 hours. These tests cannot be taken until at least six months after the last driving offence and can be taken only once every two years. Those who have lost points but still have credit on their driving licence regain their points two years after their last offence. Good drivers with no points lost receive an additional two points after three years and a further point after four years, giving them a maximum of 15 points.
If you get penalty points on your license this will often up your premium on your car insurance in Spain, so it is a good idea to try to avoid picking up the points.