We all love to drive, however, if you are new to driving in Spain, you may find that some of the rules are different from what you may be used to in your home country.
When it comes to using your car’s horn, there are only a few scenarios in which it is legal to do so.
For example, you may think you can use your horn to warn the vehicle in front that the lights have turned green, but this would be illegal under Article 110 of Spain’s General Traffic Regulations.
Fortunately for us, the country’s Guardia Civil recently took to their social networks to advise of the ONLY three scenarios in which you should be using your horn. Using your horn for any other reason can result in a penalty fine of up to 200 euros.
So when can you legally use your horn?
There is another scenario in which you should not use your horn which is when you see an R-319 sign. This sign is round with a red outer ring and a horn in the middle which has a line through it.
These can normally be found near hospitals and nursing homes and places where noise pollution is particularly unwelcome. Be extra careful if you see one of these signs as you could be fined up to 200 euros for using your horn here.
Using your horn in scenarios other than these is a violation of the traffic code and subject to a fine and possible penalty points.
Although it is uncommon to be fined for this, as officers would need to be present to witness you using your horn incorrectly, it is still possible that you could be fined so be careful.
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Fines of up to 200 euros
So how much can you be fined for using your horn incorrectly?
According to traffic regulations, using your car’s horn without good reason can result in a fine ranging from 80 to 200 euros.
Some of the main reasons for being fined are:-
So there you have it.
Think twice before you use your car’s horn in Spain as you could potentially be hit with a hefty fine.
January 10, 2024
Updated: February 07, 2024 CET