Pets are part of the family. We take great care of them, we take them everywhere with us and we find it difficult to be without them. But owners need to take great care when taking their pets in the car.
The DGT traffic department has warned that heavy fines will be handed out to those who put their lives and those of their pets in danger on the road.
The regulation establishes a basic fine of 80 euros if the animal is not properly restrained. The figure rises to 200 euros if it invades the driver's space. The highest fine is 500 euros, if the pet invades the driver's space and is carried on the driver's lap or if the animal is loose. In addition to the fine of 500 euros, 6 points may also be withdrawn from the driver's licence.
The DGT establishes that the animal must be properly restrained, with a harness or belt, although the regulations do not specify what type of restraints must be carried or to what extent the animal can enjoy a certain degree of freedom of movement.
Nevertheless, if you get stopped by the traffic police, do not go barking mad.
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I agree strongly. I always restrain clip my dog in UK. I have a short secondary loop through seatbelt lap part in my car, so my dog is as restrained as a seatbelt, as the dog can be. As my dog now is the most precious thing I now have., in the event of an accident, it would not be much fun for the dog flying about the car.
Ever been hit on the back of the head by a 10kg dog travelling at 30kph? They really do need restraining.
I am planning to bring my best mate do to Majorca from England. We have not been apart from before Covid started lockdown. I looked in to flying her down. I was quoted £1000 each way only to Barcelona British Airways, in the hold. TUI £800 ew to Malaga. The dog only weighs 4 to 5 kg, and I feel could fly in the cabin with me. It is looking like a nice ferry to France or northern Spain, then Barcelona to Palma or Alcudia. I sadly lost my wife 7 years ago, and now living on my own with my smaller dog. She is already for travel, and getting a passport. Similar rules apply in UK as Spain for dog traveling in cars.