How to avoid €200 fine for wrongly transporting bicycles

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Cycling Route to Link Spain and Portugal from Huelva
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IF you go for frequent bike rides and carry your bicycle in the car to get to your destination, you should recall the rules for transporting them.

The General Traffic Department, DGT, recently issued a reminder about the rules for carrying bikes in the car and the fines which can be given if not done properly.

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Adult bikes are large and not easy to bundle into a car, and even a child’s bike can take up a considerable amount of space and is not easy to pack in all vehicles.

Putting a bike inside a car can be very dangerous, as it is almost impossible to anchor it correctly so that in case of an accident, the occupants of the vehicle do not get hit by it.

The DGT and the Guardia Civil have reminded users that the fine is €200 for people who do not transport their bikes safely.


The solution is to use a bike rack on the back of your vehicle. When you do so, remember that it is mandatory to correctly use a V20 red and white sign on it so that other drivers are aware of the obstacle. If the items on the back of the car reduce the visibility of the license plate or lighting system, visual elements to remedy this are mandatory.

Once the bike is placed on the vehicle, it should not be wider than the vehicle itself, and if it is, part of it will need to be disassembled. The bike rack can also not add more than 15 per cent to the total length of the vehicle.


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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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