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Changes in law in Spain re driving licences 

As from 1 July 2019 there has been a change in category B (private car) license holders entitlement to drive. The law means that those holding a category B license will now be able, if they wish, to legally drive more vehicles than before.

Over many months the DGT (Tráfico) have been working on various modifications and improvements of the driving license system in Spain. Please note that this is a Spanish law not a UK or European one. The idea is that the new laws will permit changes to the road training, badly needed in some cases, and examinations taken in order to obtain a license. It will also allow car drivers the opportunity to extend the types of vehicles they may drive under the current legislation. Of course, it will not be obligatory for a holder of a category B licence to drive anything else if he or she does not wish to do so, but the option will be there.

Whilst some people will not necessarily agree with all these changes these are what they are.
Drivers of a Category B licence with two years driving experience to drive, will be authorised to drive SOME vehicles which are intended for the transport of goods with a mass between 3500 and 4500 kilos. This increase, from the current legislation ensures the maximum authorised mass (MMA) does not exceed 3500 kilos, you may have seen vans with plaques on the side stating 3500 kgs, it is this to what we are referring. These types of vehicles are designed and constructed for the transport of no more than eight passengers, in addition to the driver, making nine in total. This would be perhaps a small mini bus, transit type vehicle, Hyundai H1 etc.

This is not the first time that the legislation has been changes to driving laws for Category B licence holders. Since October 2004, every holder of a category B licence can ride a 125 motorcycle, provided it does not have a side car and provided the power does not exceed 11kw. To be able to qualify for this the driver must have three years driving experience to avoid requiring further paperwork.

Other changes are regarding age limits on certain licences. Dependent of the type of vehicle and its use, the age limit to obtain a category C;D;D1, C+E, D+E and D1+E will be reduced ONCE the licensee obtains a Certificate of Aptitude Professional (CAP)

In addition, those wanting to obtain permits C, C1, D,D1(for trucks and buses) or combined B+E, C+E,C1+E, D+E or D1+E (articulated lorry) should be able to benefit from a reduction in the minimum training schedule on the risk factors associated with the type of vehicle that will be examined , so long as they then satisfy the test requirements .

Whether these changes prove to be good or bad, only time will tell.

As a foot note we would remind all UK citizens who are resident and are still holding a current UK driver licence to start the exchange process without delay.