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Just about to take the long road south again. But before we do a little issue has popped up in my reading preparation.

 

Could forum members advise on what seems to be a confusing situation about the use of warning triangles in Spain. The AA European Drivers Handbook recommends carrying two not one warning triangles when driving in Spain. They indicate that you could get fined if the local police see you only have one.

 

So, first question - has anyone been challenged/fined by the local plod for not carrying two triangles?

Second question - obviously if you broke down you would place one behind the vehicle to warn oncoming traffic as normal, but where should the second one be placed? Further back than the first one to give drivers greater warning distance or on the opposite side of the road (assuming a single carriageway) to warn drivers approaching the other way?

 

Any comments on this conundrum?

Ian

 

 

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You place the other 1 about 100 meters further back.

 

When this law 1st came out the Spanish police were checking all the time but these days don't seem to bother although it is mandatory to have 2.

 

Should you break down though and not have 2 triangles they would probably be all over you like a rash.

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The FIRST triangle should be placed 100 metres away at the roadside ,surely to give following traffic a chance to avoid you in all cases both here and abroad. I am always puzzled why anyone would place one at the actual site of the breakdown. I'd place the second one half way but further into the carriageway to force traffic away from the vehicle.
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Given the low additional cost and the added safety of having two triangles it would suggest its hardly an issue.

 

You are only likely to have a police check is you are in the situation of having to deploy and have not done so, or are not wearing a high-vis jacket.

 

indecently, our high car last summer in Spain had only one tri-angle supplied. But then we are talking about Spain!

 

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Thanks for all the comments. Very helpful as usual.

 

I've got a second triangle in our car so as we don't tow that will be coming with us to comply with Spanish law.

 

Soon we'll all be carrying extra kilos of bits required by law but hardly ever asked for by the various police forces.

About time that the EU standardised this lot - apart from the UK that is!

Thanks goodness that the French alcohol testers are featherweight :->

But better safe than out of pocket.

Ian

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My understanding is that Spanish law regarding carrying warning triangles is as shown on these AA webpages

 

https://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/touring_tips/compulsory_equipment.pdf

http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/touring_tips/spain.pdf

 

"Spain: One warning triangle compulsory for non-Spanish registered vehicles; two for Spanish registered vehicles. Note: Drivers of non-Spanish registered vehicles should consider carrying two triangles as, regardless of regulations, local officials may impose an on-the-spot fine if only one is available."

 

This webpage

 

http://www.aph.com/news/knowbeforeyougo/driving_abroad.shtml

 

suggests that the 'highway code' of some countries defines a specific distance that should be allowed between the vehicle and the triangle(s). For Spain, the advice is just "Place two warning triangles one in front of the car and another behind the car."

 

The Germany advice

 

"In the event of a breakdown the warning hazard lights should be switched on and a warning triangle has to be positioned in sufficient distance (on a motorway at least 100m) behind the vehicle."

 

makes sense, as does carrying 2 triangles if visiting Spain and putting one of them at a logical distance in front of the vehicle.

 

If you carry 2 triangles in Spain you are bound to be 'legal'. And, if you've got your vehicle's hazard-warning lights on and a triangle at a commonsense distance and position before and behind the vehicle, you'll have done your best to warn other motorists of a hazard.

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Two Triangle warning signs should be carried one placed at least 50 mtr in INFRONT and one BEHIND the vehicle ..also before placing them have your flourecent jacket on (jacket for each passenger)

 

I think the reasoning for the one in front is warning oncoming drivers of possible vehicles in there lane which are passing the obstruction.

 

Brian

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Fternoon folks,

 

In last months mmm there was a letter from someone down on the costa del sol about the cops stopping and fining you for not having a GB sticker on, so it might be best to double check on everything if they are going to start getting nitpicky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

norm

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If you have the EU sign and GB on your number plate rather than a national flag (England, Scotland, Wales. NI) Then you don't need a separate GB sticker.

 

This from: https://www.gov.uk/displaying-number-plates/flags-symbols-and-identifiers

 

Says:

If you display the Euro symbol and Great Britain (GB) national identifier on your number plate, then you won’t need a separate GB sticker when travelling within the European Union.

 

The Euro symbol must:

 

be a minimum height of 98mm

have a width between 40 and 50mm

have a reflective blue background with 12 reflecting yellow stars at the top

show the member state (GB) in reflecting white or yellow

 

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goldi - 2014-01-07 3:54 PM

 

Fternoon folks,

 

In last months mmm there was a letter from someone down on the costa del sol about the cops stopping and fining you for not having a GB sticker on, so it might be best to double check on everything if they are going to start getting nitpicky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

norm

I don't know the circumstances of this story but what I would say is the Guardia Civil will not put up with any type of backchat or over cocky behaviour you see on the Brit Cop TV programmes so sometimes its best to bit your tongue and you will be on your way with little or no problem.

And as Frankie says either get a number plate with GB on or a separate sticker... job done

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Although a GB-plate is only required on the rear of a vehicle, the 'euro-symbol' needs to be on the front AND rear number-plates. I would have thought this requirement should fall into the "Everybody knows that..." category, but the advice provided by websites often seems to suggest that only one number-plate is involved.

This webpage expands on BKen1's earlier advice


To summarise the webpage's advice on triangles:

On two-way roads two triangles should be used, one in front of the vehicle and one behind.  Each triangle should be 50 metres from the vehicle and be visible from a distance of at least 100 metres.

On roads with more than one lane in a specific direction (eg. motorways or multi-lane dual-carraiagways) a single triangle should be placed 50 metres behind the vehicle and be visible from a distance of at least 100 metres

On another website forum I read an (unchallenged) 2005 statement that Spanish motoring law requires that 2 warning triangles must be carried in a vehicle, and that a caravan is classed as a "vehicle" in its own right. Consequently (it was claimed), if you tow a caravan (or, presumably, a car on an A-frame) you must carry 4 triangles, 2 in the towing vehicle and another 2 in the 'vehicle' being towed.

The RAC's advice on driving in Spain echo's the AA's regarding the number of warning ttriangles that a 'visiting' motorist needs to carry

Warning triangle (compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more) (Residents must carry 2) 

This seems to suggest that a twin-axle caravan or an A-frame-towed car MIGHT have to carry its own one (or two) triangles.



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