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  • DRIVING IN SPAIN

    Driving in Spain


    Road safety and general administrative procedures for vehicles, vehicle use and monitoring comes under the responsibility of various authorities, including local councils and state administration, through the traffic directorate general [Dirección General de Tráfico or DGT]. The autonomous communities are also responsible for matters such as vehicle technical inspection(ITV).

    In all cases, to drive a vehicle in Spain you need to obtain the appropriate administrative paperwork (permits and licences) authorising you to drive a particular type of vehicle for a certain length of time.

    When that period expires, you will need to renew your documentation.


    Useful Addresses

    Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico de Málaga

    C/ Max Estrella, 12 - 29071 Málaga
    Tel: +34 952 040 70 - From Spain General Info: 060
    Fax: +34 952 041 630
    Web: www.dgt.es


    Patronato de Recaudación Provincial - Marbella

    Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 68
    Tel: +34 951 957 285
    Fax:+34 951 957 436


    Patronato de Recaudación Provincial - San Pedro de Álcantara

    Avda.Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Conjunto San Luis - Local 12
    Tel: +34 951 957 320
    Fax:+34 952 780 357


    Fines

    Spanish authorities are very concerned about road safety, so failure to comply with the law may even carry a prison sentence for offences such as drunk driving or causing injury to others.

    Certain offences incur a financial penalty, meaning that you must pay a fine that depends on the severity of the offence and may amount to several thousand euros. You also stand to lose a certain number of points from your driving licence for each offence committed. You can check current legislation for details of the offences plus the corresponding fines and loss of points.

    Driving offences committed by foreign nationals not normally resident in Spain may involve their vehicle being impounded by the authorities until the fine has been paid.

    Once an offence has been reported by the DGT, the regional police or the local police, the penalty procedure is started, in which you will be given the chance to make your own statement and provide any evidence you may consider to be relevant. You can appeal to the authorities or the courts against the final decision You can benefit from substantial discounts if you opt to pay your fine promptly within the legally established period.

    Failure to pay a road traffic fine may incur seizure of earnings, bank accounts, vehicles and even property, together with any surcharges and interest arising.

    Vehicle registration

    In order to identify and track vehicles on Spain's roads, every vehicle normally driven in Spain must have a Spanish registration plate. it is the owner’s responsibility to start the procedure for obtaining a Spanish registration number.

    To register your car, you must pay the appropriate fee plus the registration tax [Impuesto de Matriculación] and the tax on motorised vehicles [Impuesto sobre Vehículos de Tracción Mecánica or IVTM] if applicable. Your vehicle may also have to pass an ITV inspection and you will have to process your application at the provincial traffic headquarters [Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico, JPT].

    Failure to comply with this requirement may incur fines and result in your vehicle being immobilised by the police.

    Once your vehicle has reached the end of its useful life, you must inform your local JPT and deliver the vehicle to an authorised centre for its correct disposal. Abandoning a vehicle on a public highway is illegal and you may be prosecuted.

    Vehicles Documentation

    The basic documentation that you should have with you while driving, apart from your driving licence, is the vehicle traffic permit [Permiso de Circulación del Vehículo] and the vehicle technical inspection certificate [Ficha de Inspección Técnica].

    The vehicle traffic permit contains specific information enabling your vehicle to be identified, plus details of who owns it and their address.

    The technical inspection report contains details of the power and other features of the vehicle and it is proof that all the regular vehicle technical inspections have been carried out (known as the ITV). Vehicles registered in Spain have to pass regular inspections to check their overall condition and safety features. The frequency of these checks depends on the age of the vehicle. Vehicles registered abroad can undergo voluntary technical inspections in Spain and although a report will be issued, this is not an official Spanish technical inspection report [Ficha de Inspección Técnica].

    Alongside these documents, you should also have with you proof that your vehicle is insured. This insurance is compulsory for all vehicles and the best way of demonstrating that your insurance policy is fully up-to-date is by carrying the receipt from your last premium payment, which shows the insurance renewal date.

    When transferring a vehicle to another owner, a full set of documentation must be transferred with it, plus the yearly tax on motorised vehicles [Impuesto sobre Vehículos de Tracción Mecánica or IVTM] payable to your local council, must also be up-to-date. You must also have no outstanding fines for traffic offences. The procedure is carried out at the seller’s or buyer's provincial traffic headquarters [Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico, JPT] following payment of the asset transfer tax [Impuesto de Transmisiones Patrimoniales, ITP] to the autonomous community authority. You will also have to pay a fee to the provincial traffic headquarters.

    The tax on motorised vehicles, or IVTM, is paid to the local council where the vehicle is registered and the amount, broadly speaking, depends on vehicle power. In Marbella the local tax is collected by the Patronato de Recaudación de Vehiculos.

    Points system

    Spain introduced the driving licence points system (the so-called carnet por puntos) .

    Every driver starts out with a fixed balance of points (normally 12 and 8 for novice drivers). Each time a driving offence is committed, in addition to a monetary fine, a certain number of points are subtracted, depending on the severity of the offence (for example, driving without a seat belt would mean you lose 3 points).

    Over time, if you have not lost any points, your balance increases up to a maximum of 15 points.

    The DGT web site shows the table of offences involving loss of points, plus you can check the balance of points on your own driving licence.

    Losing all your points means you lose your driving permit or licence and you will be required to attend a series of retraining courses to get it back.

    You can also do these courses to recover lost points, without having to wait until you lose them all.

    Exchanging your driving license

    Spain has agreements with a large number of countries, so by fulfilling a series of requirements and completing certain paperwork, you can hand over your foreign licence and get a Spanish one.

    Each agreement sets out the requirements for that particular country and even for each type of permit or licence. Basically, you need to be resident in Spain, demonstrate you have the necessary mental and physical skills, show your original foreign driving licence, not have had your licence confiscated in your home country and provide documents such as photographs.

    Please note that if you obtained your licence abroad after the exchange agreement was signed and you lived in Spain before that agreement was signed, your licence cannot be exchanged.

    Licences issued in the following countries can be exchanged, in accordance with the terms of the agreement in place:

    • EU countries, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
    • Andorra, Korea, Japan and Switzerland - Algeria, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Morocco, Peru, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil, El Salvador, Philippines, Guatemala, Serbia, Turkey, Tunisia, Ukraine and Macedonia

    Driving License

    In Spain, as in other countries, there are various types of driving licence depending on what kind of vehicle you want to drive (motorbike, private car, truck, and so on). Sometimes, you need to hold one class of licence already in order to obtain another, for example, to drive more powerful or heavier vehicles. There are also certain age limits for driving more powerful vehicles or those that are more difficult to handle.

    Los The basic requirements for obtaining the appropriate driving licence or permit in Spain are as follows:

    • You need to be the established legal age for that particular permit or licence

    • You must pass the theory or practical tests

    • You must pass the appropriate psycho-technical aptitude tests

    • Other additional requirements: in some cases, you will need to have held a previous class of permit or licence, or you may need to have held a licence for a certain period of time

    In Spain, driving permits and licences are issued by provincial and local traffic headquarters [Jefaturas Provinciales y Locales de Tráfico] once they have checked that you fulfil the mental and physical requirements and you have demonstrated that you have the knowledge, skills, aptitude and behaviour required. The main classes of permits or licence are:

    • AM: two or three-wheeled motorcycles and light four-wheeled vehicles. The minimum age is fifteen. You may not carry passengers if you are under eighteen.

    • A1: motorcycles up to a maximum of 125 cc, with a maximum power of 11 kW and motor tricycles with maximum power not in excess of 15 kW. The minimum age is sixteen.

    • A2: motorcycles with a maximum power of 35 kW. The minimum age is eighteen.

    • R: for driving motorcycles and motor tricycles. The minimum age is twenty, although you may not drive motor tricycles with a maximum power in excess of 15 kW until the age of twenty-one.

    • B: for the following vehicles:
      • Motor cars with a maximum weight not in excess of 3,500 kg and seating no more than eight passengers plus the driver. They can tow a trailer weighing up to 750 kg.

      • Class B vehicle and trailer weighing more than 750 kg provided the whole does not weigh in excess of 4,250 kg.

      • Motor tricycles and four-wheeled motor vehicles. Minimum age is eighteen, although you may not drive motor tricycles with a maximum power in excess of 15 kW.


    BTP: vpriority vehicles when on emergency service, school transport vehicles when carrying schoolchildren and public passenger transport vehicles, all weighing a maximum of 3,500 kg and with seating for no more than nine people, including the driver. Minimum age: eighteen.

    B + E, C1, C1 + E, C, C + E, D1, D1 + E, D, D + E: other classes of licence for driving lorries and trucks of various weights, for buses carrying more or less passengers and for certain special vehicles. To drive these vehicles professionally, you must comply with a set of specific requirements contained in the regulations for professional drivers.

  • LANGUAJE SCHOOLS

    Languaje Schools


    Academia Agora

    Avda. Canovas del Castillo, 58, Edif La Concha - Local 1
    Tel: +34 951 46 64 54
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    Academia Britania

    Avda. Ramón y Cajal, 8
    Tel: + 34 952 863 231 - + 34 646 228 280
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    Advance Escuela de Idiomas Marbella

    C/ Ramiro Campos Turmo, 6 Bajo
    C/ Notario Luis Oliver, 14 - 29601 Marbella
    Tel: + 34 952 772 327, + 34 667 063 181
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    Advance Escuela de Idiomas Marbella

    C/ Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 32 29670 San Pedro Alcántara
    Tel: + 34 34 951 506 223 , +34 951 508 200
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    Bilingua Idiomas

    C/ Marqués del Duero, 12- 29670 San Pedro Alcántara
    Tel: + 34 952 78 48 68
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    Centro de enseñanza Michael

    Avda. Puerta del Mar. Complejo Sacio, 1ª Planta - Oficina L
    Tel: + 34 952 82 49 96
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    Cesmar Centro de Estudios

    Avenida Cánovas del Castillo, 72
    Tel: + 34 952 82 80 25
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    ELS European Language School

    Avda. Nabeul. Edif. Parquesol, 14 Ofic. 7
    Tel: + 34 952 86 76 01 / + 34 640 58 08 30
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    Enforex Spanish Language School

    Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 43 - Terraza central - Edif. Granada
    Tel: + 34 952 76 64 00, +34 915 943 776
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    Escuela Oficial de Idiomas

    Travesía Huerta de los Cristales, 7
    Tel: + 34 952 77 77 39 / + 34 951 270 563
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    Guadalmina Idiomas

    Centro Comercial Guadalmina Local 100 - 29678 San Pedro Alcántara
    Tel: + 34 952 88 38 80
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    I.I.I. Language Schools - Marbella

    Avda. Arias de Velasco, Edf. Atalaya, 4 29601 Marbella
    Tel: + 34 952 88 38 80
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    I.I.I. Language Schools - Nueva Andalucía

    C/ Califa. Conjunto Las Lolas Nueva Andalucía/
    Tel: + 34 952 90 85 58
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    I.I.I. Language Schools - San Pedro

    Avda.del Mar Mediterreano, edf. Corona, Local-13 29670 San Pedro Alcántara
    Tel: + 34 952 78 35 27
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    Inlingua

    Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 4 - 2ª planta
    Tel: + 34 952 77 49 42
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    Kids & Us

    C/ Jacinto Benavente, 30
    Tel: + 34 951 96 89 93 / + 34 609 300 722
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    Let´s Click Language

    C/ Ávila nº 5 local 2 29670 San Pedro Alcántara
    Tel: +34 951 35 35 17 / +34 640 121 427
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    Listen & Learn

    C/ Travesía Huerta de Los Cristales ,9 y C/ Peñuelas, 38
    Tel: + 34 952 77 74 89 / + 34 659 931 198
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    Magister

    C/ Valentuñana. Edif. Soleuropa - 10, 3 Bajo - 29601 Marbella
    Tel: + 34 952 82 72 34 / + 34 651 94 56 62
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    Marbella Language Academy

    C/ Ramón y Cajal, 4 - Edif. Sacio 1º D
    Tel: + 34 952 82 31 22

    Marbella Study Centre

    Avda. General López Domínguez, 12. Bajo 1D
    Tel: + 34 952 82 30 42 / + 34 677 80 83 00
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    MISS - Marbella International Spanish School

    C/ Notario Luis Oliver, Edif. Liceo 3ºA 29602 Marbella
    Tel: +34 682 348 583
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    Mundi Lenguas School

    Avda. Quevedo. Edif. Al-Andalus, Local 8 - Nueva Andalucía
    Tel: + 34 952 81 80 92 / + 34 616 68 10 31
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    One to One English School

    C/ Antonio de Nebrija s/n 29600 Marbella
    Tel: +34 951 136 829 / +34 607 142 666
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    Spanish Language Center

    Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 36. Edif. María III. 3ª Planta
    Tel: + 34 952 90 15 76
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    Speak Up

    C/ Poeta Jose María Cano, 10. 29601 Marbella
    Tel: +34 951 33 90 02 / +34 654 584 287
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    The 2nd Language School

    Urb. Marbella Real, 7, 71 Bvd. Príncipe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe 29602 Marbella
    Tel: +34 952 85 93 74 / +34 629 77 85 81
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    The English Club

    Avda. Severo Ochoa, 43 - Marbella
    Tel: +34 952 77 53 94 / +34 622 288 555

    The Language Centre

    C/ Pablo Casals, 4 - Edif. Marbellasol
    Tel: + 34 952 86 62 26
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    The Language House

    C/Valentuñana Edif. Marbelsun III – Piso 1 Puerta 5 29601 Marbella
    Tel: +34 952 85 70 87
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    Turilang

    Plaza Practicante Manuel Cantos
    Tel: + 34 688 91 91 66
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    Vivalingua

    C/ Cuenca, 13 - Edif. III Portal I 5º A-29670 San Pedro de Alcántara
    Tel: + 34 659 55 99 95 / + 34 680 27 33 39
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    Ye Ye Language Club

    C/ La Cantera, 11 29670 San Pedro Alcántara
    Tel: +34 608 57 12 13
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  • INTERNATIONAL LOCAL PRESS

    International Local Press


    Bild Zeitung

    Aptdo. de Correos 279
    Tel: + 34 952 814 224

    Café Créme

    Urb. Balcón de San Pedro. C/ Teide, 23
    Tel: + 34 952 927 004
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    Costa del Sol Nachrichten

    C/ Serenata, 17 - 1º C - 2
    Tel: + 34 952 76 31 08
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    Costa del Sol News

    Avda. Juan Luís Peralta 42, C.C. Las Moriscas Local 13, 29639 Benalmádena Pueblo
    Tel: + 34 952 56 87 12 / + 34 952 56 87 12
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    Das Aktuelle

    Urb. El Tomillar - Avda. del Sol, 6 - Torre del Mar
    Tel: + 34 952 54 50 60 / + 34 952 54 54 86
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    Especial Life- Dutch magazine

    Tel: + 31 610 28 87 77
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    Essential Magazine

    Complejo La Póveda - Bloq. 3 1º A CN. 178.2
    Tel: + 34 952 76 63 44
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    Gastronomic chat/Tertulia gastronómica Onda Cero

    Marbella Azul

    Marbella Life style- RTV Marbella 107.6FM

    Marbella Now RTV Marbella - Behind the scenes

    Mi Marbella - International Radio Program - Dial 107.6 fm

    Tel: + 34 952 86 27 37
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    Marbella Now RTV Marbella - Behind the scenes

    Olé (Suomi)

    C/ Santa Gema, 15 - Bajo - Los Boliches - Fuengirola
    Tel: + 34 952 47 07 94
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    Radio Solymar (Onda Cero Internacional)

    C/ Salvador, 29 - Fuengirola
    Tel: + 34 952 58 70 78 / + 34 952 58 71 79
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    Solkysten

    Avda. Clemente Díaz Ruiz, 4 - Edif. Tres Coronas, A-103 - Fuengirola
    Tel: + 34 952 47 22 48
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    Sur in English

    Avda.Dr Marañon
    Tel: +34 952 649 600
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    Svenska Magasinet

    C/ Quemada, 6 - Fuengirola
    Tel: + 34 952 58 18 19

    Sydkusten

    Apartado de correos 2201
    Tel: + 34 952 86 33 75
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    Talk Radio Europe

    Centro Comercial La Colonia - San Pedro
    Tel: + 34 952 79 99 53 admin / + 34 629 52 03 47 sales
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    The Costa del Sol Guide

    Urb. Campo Mijas, 518 - Mijas Costa
    Tel: + 34 952 46 22 98
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    The Entertainer

    Avda. de la Constitución - Edif. Fiesta local 32-33 - Arroyo de La Miel
    Tel: + 34 952 56 12 45
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    The Euro Weekly News

    Tel: + 34 600 58 35 70, + 34 952 56 12 45
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    The European Magazine East

    Centro Comercial La Poveda Portal 4 - 1ºA. Km 178.2
    Tel: + 34 952 82 71 54
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    ViviMarbella – Business & lifestyle in Costa del Sol

    Tel: +34 951 38 82 34 / +34 655 08 01 95
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    TESTAMENT


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