! Murcia Today – 500 euro fine for unsecured dogs in cars in Spain

Publication date: 03/31/2022

DGT in Spain has advised that all animals traveling in vehicles must be restrained

While highlighting the dangers of distracted driving and increasing penalties for not wearing seat belts, after launching its new traffic law on March 21, 2022, the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) urged drivers to ensure that pets are properly restrained in cars. . As well as posing a serious risk to motorists, stray dogs in vehicles can result in hefty fines ranging from 80 to 500 euros if found to be impeding safety.

Although the highway code does not provide specific requirements for the transport of pets, the corresponding article of law stipulates that “the driver of a vehicle is required to maintain his own freedom of movement, the field necessary vision and constant attention to driving, which guarantees their own safety, that of the rest of the occupants of the vehicle and that of other road users”. He then clarifies that drivers should ensure animals are placed safely in the car “so that there is no interference”.

The ambiguity of the regulations creates its own problems, as there are no hard and fast rules on exactly how a dog should be restrained in a car, but experts generally agree that restraints should be short enough to prevent an animal from moving, and that harnesses should have two clips for added security.

The crates should be placed at the rear of the vehicle, and the best safety measure is considered to be the addition of a grid, which completely separates the animals from the passengers.

DGT pointed out that in the event of a collision, an untethered dog weighing 20 kg would represent a 700 kg missile, presenting a serious danger not only for the animal itself, but also for the driver and passengers.

For this reason, although non-compliance does not result in any loss of driver’s license points, it could cost you dearly; motorists can be fined 80 euros if an animal is loose on the floor of a car, and this penalty increases to 500 euros if a dog is found in the driver’s seat.

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