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International Road Transport Operations in Spain

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Operational Activities

UK operators may carry loads to, from or through the country. Loads can be carried between other EU third countries by UK operators. Cabotage is permitted.

Dangerous Goods
Spain is party to ADR. It is essential that fully completed ADR documentation is prepared for the movement of dangerous goods.

Abnormal Loads
Vehicles/loads exceeding the weights/dimensions outlined below will require special authorisations, which can be obtained from Ministerio de Transportes, Turismo y Communicaciones, Direccion General de Transportes Terrestres, Seccion de Autorizaciones Especiales de Circulacion, Plaza de San Juan de la Cruz, 28003 Madrid. Tel: +34 (91) 597 7714, Fax: +34 (91) 597 8815

A full tank of fuel can be imported duty free.

TIR Carnets are accepted for vehicles crossing Spain and destined for a non-EU country. ATA Carnets are accepted for certain temporary imports from non-community countries. CMR notes are required and must be fully completed.

Movement Restrictions
There are driving restrictions throughout the Road network for goods vehicles of 7.5 tonnes and above on specific sections of the national road network on Sundays and Public holidays.

Public Holidays
2013 2014
  • January 1 & 6
  • March 29 & 31
  • May 1
  • August 15
  • October 12
  • November 1
  • December 6, 8 & 25
  • January 1
  • April 18 & 20
  • May 1
  • August 15
  • October 12
  • November 1 & 9
  • December 6, 8 & 25
Remember there are also regional holidays in Spain, therefore please check the region you are travelling to

Road Tolls
Spain (Servisa) - Information and Online Purchase In Spain the SERVISA card is used for payment of motorway tolls and is valid for all toll motorways in Spain. The SERVISA card is issued in the company name, although cards can be issued with registration numbers.

You can also rent a VIA-T unit, which is an electronic unit, that has to be installed in the windscreen of the vehicle. With a VIA-T unit the vehicle does not stop at the toll terminal, but goes through the terminal in a reserved VIA-T lane where the toll is registered electronically. VIA-T can be used on most of the Spanish motorway road network. Units are rented from the motorway company, and when ordering the units the registration number and number of axles of the vehicles that are to use the units will be required. The order must be accompanied by a copy of the vehicle's description and the registration certificate.

Bridge and Tunnel Tolls
Road Tunnels and Bridges that are tolled in Spain include:-

Vehicle Requirements

Green Card required, plus original vehicle registration docs. A GB plate must be fitted to rear of vehicle/trailer.

Maximum Weights & Dimensions
Height 4 metres
Width 2.55 metres (Fridges 2.6 metres)
Length Artic 16.5 metres
Road Train 18.75 metres
Weight Artic 40 tonnes (40 foot ISO containers - 44 tonnes)
Road Train 40 tonnes
There are also various maximum permitted weights on vehicles, trailers and road trains which are applicable according to the number of axles.

Safety Equipment
It is compulsory to carry the following items of equipment and/or observe specific rules:-

It is advisable to carry Snow chains, the use of chains is compulsory on certain roads in mountainous regions.

Driver Requirements

Legal Documents
Full passport required. International driving licence or normal UK Licence. Letter from employer giving driver permission to drive vehicle - Attestation letter and form. Where attestation letter is carried to explain missing tachograph charts or non- use of Digital card as a result of the driver being on holiday or off work through sickness, the attestation should be in Spanish. EU Hours rules apply.

Speed Limits

Vehicles Concerned Built-Up Areas (kms) All Purpose Roads (kms) Expressways / Dual Carraigeways (kms) Motorways
Trucks to 3.5 tonnes 50 70 80 90
Articulated Vehicles 50 70 80 90
Road Trains 50 70 80 80

Country Contact Info

British Embassy
Us the website link for the nearest Embassy Office and contact numbers. Website:
Transport Organisation
Asociacion Del Transporte Internacional (ASTIC), C/ Fernandez de la Hoz, 78 - entreplanta - 28003, MADRID. Tel: +34 91 451 48 07 Website:

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