Child Car Seat Rules Spain
Whatever you choose to do following our advice, please remember than any child car seat is better than no car seat at all, both for safety and to prevent you breaking the car seat laws of the country you’re travelling to.
Rules: If you're heading to Canada, you must check the regulations required for each province. There are 10 different legislations for each province. Google 'child safety guidelines' and the name of the province for more information.
Exceptions: You are not allowed to have a rear-facing seat in the front seat unless the airbag is deactivated. It is the responsibility of the driver that every child below the age of 15 is using the right safety equipment (car seat or seat belt depending on height), and the driver will be penalised if not.
Also a very new law for driving in Spain as a resident but from outside the EU means that if you have been in Spain for over 6 months you will need to swap your license for a Spanish one. Please note that this is still an ongoing dispute and a grace period has been extended until 2016.
If you can manage with the extra baggage, and are travelling within Europe, we recommend taking your own child car seat if possible rather than hiring a travel car seat. But here’s what you need to consider to help you make your decision:
Fixed Fines – There is now a country-wide set of fines as opposed to the regional variations that used to exist. Now small offences are 100 euros, 200 for serious and 500 for very serious. Please note that if you are caught with a radar inhibitor you will be fined 6000 euros as well as the speeding fines.
Rules: All children under 150cm in height, regardless of weight or age, must use a UN R44/R129-approved child car seat. A baby can travel on the front seat in a rearward-facing car seat, but only if the airbag is deactivated.
You should also try to carry a set of spare lamps/bulbs for all lights on your car and the tool/s to change them although this is no longer a legal requirement. If you wear glasses for driving you must carry a spare set in the car. It is also prudent, to avoid any unnecessary hassles from traffic police to carry a small first aid kit and if possible a fire extinguisher.
Fines – As a way of speeding up the payments of fines a new law has been passed which will provide a 50% discount to offenders who pay within 20 days. Please note that if you appeal the fine you lose the right to the 50% discount.
Rules: All children under 10 and less than 135cm tall must use an UN R44/R129-approved child car seat. A child between 135cm and 150cm can use a booster seat if needed. You can transport children in the front seat in a child car seat if there is no back seat or no seat belts on the back seats, or all the back seats are taken up with car seats already or the back seats are temporarily unusable. A baby can travel on the front seat in a rearward-facing car seat, but only if the airbag is deactivated.