It is not a rumour: summer is one of the seasons when traffic officers issue the most fines. During the summer season, up to 10,000 fines are issued every day, which can be a very hard hit on the pocket, as most of them range from 80 to 500 euros, and the consequent loss of points.

In this respect, driving in flip-flops or barefoot, putting your arm out of the window, or parking in a forbidden tourist area, among other actions, are some of the most repeated examples of traffic fines during the summer.

For all these reasons, Yellowcar has summarised the main actions, when travelling by car in Malaga and anywhere else in Spain, which are likely to result in a fine.

Changes in the DGT: the new traffic fines

From March 2021, the new Traffic Law in force has brought about important changes in some penalties for certain driving behaviours. What are they?

  • The DGT now sanctions with the loss of 6 points on the driving licence and a fine of 200 euros for the use of mobile phones, even if the vehicle is stopped at a traffic light or in a traffic jam.
  • The use of suction cup holders attached to the front window to hold a mobile phone is prohibited. There is no loss of points, but it is punishable by a fine of 100 euros. Phone holders may only be authorised and approved by the DGT, and must be placed below the driver’s vision. In this way, the GPS cannot be placed in an area that impairs the driver’s vision.
  • Furthermore, it is no longer possible to exceed the speed limit on a conventional road in order to overtake. If you want to overtake the vehicle in front, you must do so at a maximum speed of 90 kilometres per hour.
  • Failure to fasten seat belts correctly, not wearing a helmet on the motorbike and not seating children in their corresponding child seats will result in a fine of 4 points on the driving licence and a fine of 200 euros.

Using the mobile phone

Using a mobile phone is by far the most frequent fine in summer. Figures show that 60% of drivers with between 2 and 10 years of driving experience have been distracted by their mobile phone.

Moreover, 9 out of 10 drivers admit to having used a mobile phone at the wheel. The penalty, as we explained in the new traffic regulations recently introduced, is the loss of 6 points on the driving licence and a fine of 200 euros for the use of a mobile phone, even if the vehicle is stopped at traffic lights or in a traffic jam.

Throwing cigarettes out of the window

Another typical summer fine is throwing a cigarette butt out of the window. This offence also carries a fine of up to 500 euros and can result in up to 6 points being deducted from your driving licence.

A fine that even falls short for thousands of people: badly extinguished cigarettes have burnt more than 40,000 hectares of forest in the last 20 years. In fact, if a lit cigarette butt is thrown from the vehicle, and this ends up causing a forest fire, it is an offence punishable by up to 6 years in prison, depending on the severity of the fire.

In addition, smoking in the car can also be punishable if it is considered to affect the driver’s faculties.

Driving without a shirt on

The fine for driving shirtless exists, although it is not without ambiguity. The reality is that, as it is not expressly prohibited in the traffic regulations, it could be said that it is possible to drive shirtless. However, this is another case subject to the interpretation of the traffic officer.

Why can’t you drive without a shirt on then? Because the regulation includes the possibility of sanctioning any driver who does not drive with the necessary elements for driving or who does so with other elements that endanger the driver.

In other words, it can be considered that not wearing a T-shirt may cause friction and discomfort with the seat belt, which distracts the driver’s attention. This results in a fine for not wearing a T-shirt. The amount of this offence can be 80 euros, and even up to 200 euros and three points on the licence if the Guardia Civil considers it to be a very serious offence.

Driving in flip-flops: can you be fined?

Flip-flops are one of the most common footwear at this time of year, especially on the way to the beach or the swimming pool. So, if you are wondering whether you can be fined for driving in flip-flops, the short and direct answer is yes.

Traffic considers, as with driving without a T-shirt, that it is not appropriate clothing, as you lose sensitivity with the pedals and they can get caught and prevent you from reacting to an unexpected event.

Again, although this is an action that is not specifically typified as an offence in the General Traffic Regulations, for driving in flip-flops the fine is from 80 to 200 euros, and can lead to the withdrawal of 3 points from the driving licence.

Can you drive barefoot?

Again, the answer is No: barefoot driving is prohibited. This practice, together with driving in flip-flops, is another of the most frequently sanctioned in summer, although, as with driving in flip-flops, there is no specific sanction in the current regulations.

Barefoot driving is covered by Article 17.1: “Drivers must at all times be in control of their vehicle”. The fine for barefoot driving is 80 euros.

Putting your elbow out of the window

Driving with the window open and your elbow sticking out? No, thank you. This practice is also punishable by a fine of up to 80 euros. It is interpreted as an action that implies that you are not in full control of the car because you are not holding the steering wheel properly.

Carrying badly organised luggage in the car

This is one of the things we insist on the most at YellowCar when we deal with our clients when renting a car in Malaga: be careful how you organise your luggage. Poor organisation of luggage in the passenger compartment can result in a hefty fine of 500€ and four points on your driving licence.

The important thing: large suitcases and packages should always be carried in the boot of the car, and if they are smaller bags or rucksacks, they should be properly stowed under the seats. In other words: carrying certain items of luggage in the cabin can pose a high risk in the event of an accident, and this is what the DGT understands and sanctions.

Eating or drinking at the steering wheel

Good hydration is essential in summer. But be careful: if you try to drink water while driving, it can be expensive. Eating or drinking at the wheel can lead to fines of up to €200 and the loss of two points on your driving licence.

Put your feet in the glove compartment or outside the car.

Resting your feet on the glove compartment or outside the car also carries a fine, in this case 80 euros.

There are more typical summer penalties, such as not respecting the safety distance, which entails a fine of 200 euros and the loss of 4 points on the driving licence; running out of petrol during a journey, which entails an administrative fine of 200 euros; driving in the left lane excessively, a fine of 200 euros; or parking the car incorrectly, with fines of up to 200 euros depending on the area and the town.

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