Wash, repair or spray cars?

THE law about washing, repairing or spraying your car on a public road is clear, and the answer is a firm No!

Article 4.2 of the Reglamento General de Circulación states that it is prohibited to throw, deposit or abandon on the road, objects or materials that can cause an issue with traffic, such as stopping or parking, making using the road dangerous, or deteriorating it, or the installations.

The issue isn’t with the dirt itself, but, rather, with the products used to clean, the tools used to repair, and noxious chemicals used for spraying.

It is assumed that all road water will eventually end up in the sea surounding Tenerife, or rivers elsewhere, so that any product or noxious chemical, mixed with the water, will end up harming the environment.

The law distinguishes three types of fines: very severe, severe and not severe. It depends on each town hall what fine would be applied, but they can range between very severe (€500- 3,000), severe (€750-1.500) and not severe (€30-120).

Another thing to remember is that the owners would be fined, and not the person carrying out the work.

Repairing and spraying cars on the side of the road has a whole load of other issues attached to it. All oil and liquids from vehicles must be disposed of correctly. By law, they cannot be put in the bin, or allowed to drain into the road.

Spraying cars without the use of proper equipment and purification has major, environmental and health impacts, because the pollutants are being inhaled by passers-by, and the chemicals are going straight into the atmosphere, without being purified.

Can you wash, repair or spray your car in a communal garage?

Here, the law is a bit more ambiguous. It could be considered a misuse of communal areas, and more so if communal water or electricity is employed.

Article 394 of the civil code states that each member of a community has the right to use a communal area, as long as the use is appropriate, and doesn’t hinder or harm the interest of the community, or other community members.

Again, with regards to repairing and spraying, the law is clear: all liquids must be disposed of, and spraying has to be carried out with the correct purification equipment, which must not be absorbed directly into the air.

Can you wash, repair or spray your car in your own private garage?

Yes, you can do all three jobs in your own private garage, but all applicable laws and rules, regarding safety, disposal and environment, must be followed.


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