We have been informed that an EU directive 2012/126/EU that comes into force on January 19th 2013, will enforce changes to the validity of foreign driving licences in Spain.
This change in traffic laws means that anyone who has been resident in Spain for 2 years or more, and holds an EU driving licence, must have a Spanish medical examination*.
The EU law is intended to “harmonise” licensing throughout Europe so that drivers from countries with permanently valid licences (e.g. France), or licences of very long validity (e.g. the UK), will have to comply with the same rules as residents of the countries in which they live. Non-native
From the 7th March 2011 Spain will enforce a temporary reduction in the speed limit on highways to 110 kph (68 mph). A reduction from 120kph (75 mph).
During 2011, the speed limit in built up areas on roads with one lane in each direction (two way streets) and single-lane streets will be reduced to 30 km/h. This information will be updated when further information is received.