UK tourists in Spain warned of fines for not adhering to 'child safety rules'

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Brits jetting off to Spain have been issued a stern warning that they could be slapped with fines if they fail to adhere to the country's stringent child car safety regulations. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has highlighted the importance of following these rules for those renting vehicles while soaking up the Spanish sun.

An FCDO spokesperson emphasised the necessity of seatbelts for all passengers, stating: "Seatbelts are compulsory for all passengers in the front and back seats."

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They further clarified the requirements for young travellers: "Children under 1.35m in height must use an approved child safety seat secured on the back seat. Children are only permitted to travel in the front seat of the car if the rear seats are already occupied by other children or if the vehicle does not have rear seats."

For those needing a child seat, the spokesperson advised: "Car hire agencies can provide child seats, so let them know you need one when you reserve the car. Incorrect installation of a child seat or not wearing a seatbelt can be considered a serious offence and met with fines."

The FCDO is urging holidaymakers to familiarise themselves with the driving regulations abroad by reviewing their guidance and checking out the RAC's Spain guide, as reported by The Express. Additionally, the FCDO warned of the frequent checks conducted by Spanish police for drink driving, adding: "Spain has strict drink-driving laws. Police regularly carry out roadside checks for alcohol and drugs. Penalties include fines, loss of licence, and a prison sentence," reports Birmingham Live.

"The police can give you on-the-spot fines for a variety of driving offences including speeding. If you accept the fine and pay within 20 days, it will be reduced by 50 percent. More information on how to pay is available on the Spanish driving agency website."

"It is illegal to use a mobile phone when driving, even if you have pulled over to the side of the road. You must be completely away from the road. Using an earpiece is also illegal. Only completely hands-free units are allowed."