Rules For Stopping and Parking in Spain


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Rules For Stopping and Parking in Spain

Have you ever considered how there a great deal of places that you are prohibited to stop or park in Spain?

It is fairly obvious that you are prevented from stopping on curves, and slopes with reduced visibility, close to and inside tunnels, and in underpasses. Also on level crossings, and pedestrian crossings, but also on cyclist crossings…

Then there are lanes or parts of lanes reserved exclusively for certain users, and certainly parking at intersections or close to them, as it can make turning difficult for other vehicles.

You definitely cannot stop (although this should be obvious!) or railroad or tram tracks or close enough to them that movement could be obstructed or in places where it will block the view of signs for other users.

Because of this fact, caravans and lorries must be careful because of the large dimensions of their vehicles are blocking signs, then they may need to seek other parking spaces.

Of course, you cannot stop or park on highways or motorways, except in the special areas allocated for these purposes.

Unfortunately, sometimes people are driving, receive a telephone call and think the best thing to do is park on the hard shoulder to answer the call as it is not allowed to talk on the telephone while driving and it will be safer. Well… the hard shoulder is only to be used for emergency reasons. A phone call, no matter how important, is not a reason to stop on a highway!  People must leave at the first exit or look for a rest area where they can use the telephone safely.

People do not realise that every year there are car accidents because of a driver being distracted and they drift onto the hard shoulder and hit other vehicles that were pulled up there. It is vital that the use of the hard shoulder is only for vehicle emergencies.

Parking is also forbidden in reserved lanes for public transport or bicycles, and in areas designated for the exclusive use of public transport. Also in the marked areas for the exclusive use of disabled people and where there are pedestrians steps.

Parking Regulatory Restrictions

It is prohibited to park in the places above whereby stopping is prohibited, as well as in the places authorised by the town hall with time limitation parking without placing the ticket that authorises it in the window, or that the ticket is visible but the vehicle is in excess over the maximum time allowed! Also, it is prohibited in all areas for loading and loading, except when they specify otherwise.

Clearly, it is forbidden to park on pavements, promenades and other areas intended for pedestrians (although many people forget this!).

No Parking or “Vado” Signs

Some people buy Keep Clear or No Parking signs at hardware stores and put them in front of their drives/garages. These signs are not valid if they are used as a Keep Clear sign or to prohibit parking on the public road, since the Town Hall regulates and has authority for parking regulations in the zone.

Remember that when you pay for a proper “Vado” or Keep Clear sign, you are paying to have the right of way of vehicles to your garage, not the parking space on a public road.  Some people think that they can park their vehicle at the door of their garage, where it has a “Vado” sign in order to be able to access the drive. Only when they are fined they realise that the Keep Clear sign gives them the right of free access to the garage, and it is not meant to stop other people parking on the public road in front of their access, but allow them to do it themselves. This is not the purpose of a Vado. Simply put:  a Vado means it cannot be blocked, someone cannot park there.

We hope this is helpful and please contact us on if we can help with any Traffic matters or Vado requests.

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