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Exchanging Your UK Driving Licence
Monday, 18 May 2009

Written by Bob Lloyd 

This is our experience of exchanging our UK driving licences for the Spanish version at Trafico in Cadiz. We found the procedure easy but as normal in Spain you do need to be prepared with lots of bits of paper.

Do you need to carry your insurance documents with you at all times?
Monday, 27 April 2009
From motorterra.es Translated by Andrew brown 
Since last October new legislation does away with the requirement to always have with you proof of payment of a current insurance policy. This is thanks to the principle that no-one is obliged to produce to the authorities any document which can be found in public records, and the obligation to check if a vehicle is insured falls upon the authorities. This has received little publicity and may come as a surprise. It appears that DGT is not happy to publicise it and the press release that announced it was mainly to do with the penalties for driving without insurance  and other offences. It seems that DGT still recommends keeping insurance documents with your other papers such as your driving licence and the car registration documents which do have to be produced upon request. 

It may no longer be an offence not to have proof of insurance actually in your car but for the time being it may still be sensible to do so.


WARNING Changes to penalties for motoring offences
Monday, 27 April 2009
From Motociclismo News tranlated by Andrew Brown

In a few weeks, driving in excess of the speed limit of 120 km/hr on motorways will make you liable to a fine of 100 euros. Changes to Road Traffic laws which are going through the Congress of Deputies will do away with the current practice of permitting speeds of up to 133km/hr without penalty.

British Driving Licences in Spain
Sunday, 15 March 2009

Written by Dave Fisher 

I have been asked to clarify the current situation for British driving licences; 

Firstly, there are several (legal in England) driving licences; the old paper licence, the first style of plastic licence, and the new European style licence.

So let me first state; you are not in the UK! You are in Spain and therefore come under Spanish laws; the DVLA has no authority in Spain and can not answer questions as to the laws of Spain; Spain does not have to adopt EU driving licence regulations until (currently) 13th January 2013.

Points on your Licence
Sunday, 30 November 2008
This article looks at Spain’s points system for driving licences. It has been in effect since July 1st 2006. This information is provided as is and I have endeavoured to make it as accurate as possible. If you can help me by pointing out any inaccuracies or suggest useful additions please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   and I will be happy to amend.
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