The new upgrade to the law on road safety (“Ley de Seguridad Vial” in Spanish) has been approved by the Spanish parliament and will be enforced sometime in the first half of 2014. No date has been announced yet but it will be one month after the law is published in the official government gazette.
When a private person sells a vehicle to another physical person, it is very important to go through the complete set of administrative procedures in order to change the ownership. Failure to do this will incur different types of problems including fines and road tax of the new owner being sent and charged to the former owner.
Since 1980 the European Union set up a roadmap for the harmonization of driving licenses among the different countries of the EU, the final objective being to have a single driving license valid in all EU countries. At present there are a total of 110 different types of driving licenses in the EU. This not only give problems for EU citizen moving permanently to a different EU country, but it creates legal nightmares for law enforcement authorities.
A recent survey made in different countries from a consortium of insurance companies came to the conclusion that on average 60% of European car drivers do not know how to use (or do not want to use) the standard “European accident statement” form (in Spanish “parte de declaración amistosa de accidentes” or sometimes “Declaración Amistosa de Accidente de Automóvil”).
A survey made in different countries from a consortium of insurance companies came to the conclusion that on average 60% of European car drivers do not know how to use (or do not want to use) the standard European accident statement form (in Spanish: parte de declaración amistosa de accidentes, or sometimes Declaración Amistosa de Accidente de Automóvil).
There is a lot of confusion in Spain about the validity of driving licenses issued by other EU and EEA countries. EEA stands for European Economic Area and it is equivalent to the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The Royal Decree 818/2009 of May 2009 and the following modifications that were enforced on the 11th September 2010, clarified this matter.
The law is different in England and it says that a car which is out of the country for more than 12 months has to be imported into that country. The Spanish law stipulated that if you are in Spain for more than six months then you have to import your car and get Spanish plates.