Parking lines and road markings in Spain

ALTHOUGH Spain is in Europe, sometimes you may feel that their road signs, signals and road markings are not. We are going to simplify them. The main reason for road markings is usually to denote the separation of the sides of a road, or changes in the type of road.

They also provide drivers with information (when they are observed and acted on correctly) of any potential risks ahead, or changes in the road.

Continuous (or solid) white line:

When you see this type of line in the middle of the road, you are not allowed to cross it. In effect, your mind you should be registering this as a wall that is not passable.

A longitudinal mark, consisting of two, continuous white lines has the same meaning. So far, so good. No surprises! Many people living in the south of the island will have noticed (especially in the Las Chafiras area) this type of line on the exit from the motorway, and you are not allowed to turn into another road, by crossing over the line.

There is one exception, however, and that is in order to pass a cyclist, giving them the minimum distance when there is no oncoming traffic, and it is safe to do so. Common sense plays a huge part in the latter comment.

A broken white line:

This is intended as a guide to keep you on the correct side of the road. You are permitted to cross this type of line to pass vehicles or cyclists, as long as your manoeuvre does not impede other motorists, and you can overtake quickly and return safely to your lane in the shortest time possible, taking into account the speed limits.

These lines are also used to indicate an approach to a dangerous or hazardous area, or location. The distances between the lines are somewhat shorter than the normal ones, and are often slightly wider.

They can also indicate a special lane for certain vehicles eg buses, and, in general, these lines will be significantly wider.

Double solid white lines:

These have the same purpose as single ones, but denote that traffic in both directions must not cross onto the other side of the road. As in the UK, if the line is broken on one side, in certain places, traffic travelling in that direction can overtake, provided it is safe, but this doesn’t apply to the traffic on the other side.

Stop line:

This is a self-explanatory line which is solid, and usually accompanied by an octantal “Stop” sign, or words written on the road. Vehicles must stop and give way to traffic on the main road, or, if at pedestrian lights or a crossing, they must stop and adhere to the rules relating to the signs or signals.

Please note that motorcyclists and cyclists have to put a foot down on the ground, to indicate that they have stopped correctly. Police have been known to issue fines where there are stop signs, with no other traffic around, and a motorist has not actually stopped. Christmas is coming, so …

Give-way line:

This is a broken line, normally used where there is reduced or obstructed visibility, and you must not cross until it is safe and clear. There are two types of give-way lines. One is thicker than the other, so, if you are at an intersection and there are two give-ways and a stop, the thinner give-way has right of way first, then the other give-way, and. lastly, the stop line.

Pedestrian crossings:

This is a series of wide, white lines, arranged parallel to the axis of the road, where drivers must allow pedestrians to cross.

These are just a few  road markings, but failing to adhere to them can result in pretty-harsh fines. Safe motoring, folks.



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