What should I carry in the car?

AS we are approaching Christmas, you will no doubt have noticed more police on the roads. For this reason, we feel it would be a good idea to remind readers of what they should carry in their vehicle to avoid fines (multas), if they are unfortunate enough to be stopped.

We have  covered this subject before. If you are stopped, be polite to the officers, and follow their instructions, especially if you are asked to get out of the car.

In order to be legal, and for your own safety, you must carry reflective jackets in the car for the amount of potential occupants, so, if your car is a five-seater, then you should have five on board.

These must be kept inside the car, becuase they must be put on before exiting the vehicle. If you break down on the motorway, put on your jacket and get your two warning triangles from the boot.

Position one approximately 15 metres in front of the car, and the other at the rear, approximately 15 metres away. Stay with your car, but it is safer to climb over the safety barrier, and wait for the breakdown truck to arrive.

All passengers should leave the vehicle, and wait with you in a safe place ie the other side of barrier, or on another road, safely away from oncoming traffic.

Apart from this, you should always make sure you have a legal, spare tyre. Regular checks of this are important, because they could save you a lot of heartache and worry, and loss of time when travelling.

With regards to paperwork, this is far more complex. Firstly, you should note that only original paperwork must be carried.

*Permiso de ciculacion de vehiculo

This is the permission for the car to be on the road. This document carries the make, model, engine size, fuel type, chassis number, registration number, date of first matriculacion, and the date of the last change of ownership.

It also bears the owner’s full name, but no longer shows the address, because of data protection. This is held on the Trafico system .

*Ficha Tecnica

This is the car’s log book, holding all the technical data, engine size, model, tyre sizes and the optional sizes permitted, along with the manufacturer’s details and the chassis number.

On the reverse of this (the newer versions are A4 size, so details are all on one side) are details about the ITV, and when it expires. It is important to note that there will be a specific date on here, whereas the sticker displayed in the windscreen only shows the month that it is valid until.

*In-date, photocard driving licence

This can either be a Spanish one, or, if you are not resident, then a European one.

*In-date passport

*Up-to-date Residencia

*Insurance documents, and the receipt for proof of payment of the premium. For this, we recommend that you have a good “sort out” of old papers, and only keep the most-current, up-to-date ones in the car, to avoid any confusion.

If you do not wish to carry your original passport and Residencia, notarised copies are acceptable, legally. With regard to the Ficha Tecnica and Permiso de circulacion, for a fee at Trafico, you can obtain what is known as Copias compulsada of these documents, which are legal to carry and produce, if stopped the police.

Other things you are not legally obliged to carry, but which can prove useful, are a pen and notepad, a small torch, an accident claims form, and a small medical kit. This list is by no means exhaustive, but is a guideline for you.

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