UK tourists taking children to Spain issued warning as police 'carry out checks'

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Holidaymakers travelling to Spain have been warned that they could face a fine if they do not follow child car safety rules properly. Those hiring a car during their visit to the country have been advised by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

A spokesperson said that seatbelts are compulsory and that children need to be in a securely placed car seat. They added: "Seatbelts are compulsory for all passengers in the front and back seats.

"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.

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"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."

Holidaymakers are encouraged to review the FCDO's information on driving abroad and to check the RAC's Spain guide, The Express reports. The FCDO added that police in the country carry out regular checks on drivers to see if they are drink driving.

They added: "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.

"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."