What are the possible car fines?

Published 24/07/2019
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It is essential to know the various car fines that can be applied. That’s why you have a list of fines below that, although may seem unlikely, can really tug on your purse strings.

Possible car fines

There are different types of fines that can carry several penalties, depending on whether they are considered a serious, very serious or minor offense. Here is a list of some of the most common fines:

Not having insurance

The implications that arise from not complying with current legislation cause great detriment to society. For this reason, those who own vehicles that have not taken out compulsory insurance face fines depending on the gravity of the incident, whether or not it was driving or the time passed without insurance.

The penalties can range between 600 euros and 3000 euros or involve immobilization and car impoundment.

Not paying road tax

This tax is also mandatory, so if you are thinking about not paying it, think again. You may have problems with your insurance company if you do not.

Tax evading is a senseless risk that will undoubtedly cause problems with your insurer, surcharges, high penalties and even the seizure of the vehicle.

Expired MOT

If you drive with a negative, expired or failed MOT, you risk being fined between 200 to 500 euros.

Washing the car in the street

Most people take advantage of the weekend to wash their car and, although many go to car wash centers, others do so at home or in a field. If an inspecting office sees and catches you in the act, you can be penalized between 30 and 3000 euros.

The law prohibits washing cars on public roads to prevent them from getting dirty.

Oil change or road repairs

It is a case similar to the previous one. The law states that repair work cannot be carried out on public roads. Therefore, changing oil is a prohibited activity as it generates a large amount of polluting waste.

It prevents the deterioration of public roads and accidents that can be caused by not having minimum security measures. Depending on the municipality, the fine can vary between 150 and 1200 euros.

Not moving the car for extended periods of time

You cannot indefinitely park a vehicle on public roads, as it entails a penalty for abandonment. In Madrid, for example, you cannot leave a car parked without moving it for more than 5 consecutive business days, but in other cities, the period may be one month.

Not notified of a change of address

Changing address and not notifying the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) is subject to a fine. You are obliged to inform the Provincial Traffic Department of any change in address. To do so, you only need your registration certificate and driving license. The fine for not communicating a change of address is 80 euros.

As you can see, these are some of the traffic fines that have to be taken into account so you don’t regret it later. If you want to know if you have any pending fines you can check via the electronic headquarters of the DGT. To do this you must have a digital certificate and register. Once this is done you can freely log in to consult any possible penalties.


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