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Child Car Seat Rules Spain

To take a left turn from many roads you will need to find a slip road to the right. You may not stop in the road and wait to turn left if there is a solid white line in the road. On highways and motorways you must look out for a “cambio de sentido” to change direction. These will either take you above the highway or below to change your direction.

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The car seat regulations in the table above apply to everyone driving in that country, including tourists. And while it's debatable how strictly these rules will be applied to tourists, we still think it's worth knowing them.

Licence Removal – Serious driving offences in Spain used to result in the confiscation of a driving licence for between 1 and 3 months. However, the new laws have abolished the removal and there will now be a 500 euro fine and the loss of 4 points.

Children under three can travel without a child car seat or seat belt, but only on the back seat children aged three or older can travel on a rear seat without a child car seat if they wear an adult seat belt.

For example: South Dakota requires child seats for children four and younger and less than 40lbs, whereas Tennessee requires child seats for those aged eight and younger and includes specifications for rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster seats. All child seats on the market must pass the requirements (including crash tests) of FMVSS 213. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety keeps an up-to-date table of all the state laws, so check here before you travel. 

Exceptions: If a car does not have seat belts in the back seat, children three years or older can sit in the back seat. If you want to transport three children on the back seat, but there's only room for two car seats, a child of three years or older can use the car's adult seat belt

Rules: All children under 150cm in height or 36kgs (79lbs) in weight must use a child-restraint system suitable for their height and weight approved to UN R44 or R129. Children can sit in the front seat as long as they are using the correct child restraint for their height and weight, but it's illegal to use a rearward-facing child car seat in a passenger seat with an active airbag. There is now a penalty for drivers who place a rearward-facing child car seat in the front where there is an active airbag. You may receive at least three penalty points on your driving licence. Drivers have a legal responsibility to ensure that all passengers under 17 are appropriately restrained in the vehicle. Children should always travel in the back of the car, away from active airbags and the dashboard. 

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Autopista (motorway) – A or E – prefix to road number. Toll roads will usually carry an additional prefix of P (peajes). Maximum speed 120 kph (73 mph) unless otherwise stated. Autovia – dual carriageway. Speed limits vary from 80 to 120 kph. Carretera Nacional – N or CN – prefix to road number. Speed limits vary between 60 and 100 kph. Carretera Comarcal – C – prefix to road number (country roads). Speed limits vary between 60 and 100 kph. Carretera Local – highway. Speed limits are as sign posted but do not generally exceed 100 kph. The above speed limits refer to standard cars, other classes of vehicle can vary depending on type and situation.


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