Parked campervans and motorhomes get same freedoms as cars, new Spanish regulation states

The Spanish General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has changed its regulations to clarify the difference between ‘parking’ and ‘camping’.

The change, which was implemented on July 11, aims to eliminate ambiguity and prevent sanctions for users, offering greater clarity to motorhome owners and facilitating a smoother travel experience.

The Spanish Association of the Caravanning Industry and Commerce has welcomed the news, saying it will reduce “conflicts due to the lack of specific regulations.”

The new instruction clarifies that motorhomes, once parked, can be treated in the same manner as cars and other vehicles, provided they meet certain conditions.

These conditions state that the vehicle must be in contact with the ground solely through its wheels, without the use of stabilising legs or other support devices, except for chocks.

The vehicle should not occupy more space with the use of camping equipment such as chairs and tables, and it should not emit fluids or produce excessive external noise.

With the update, motorhome owners in Spain can now enjoy the freedom to park their vehicles responsibly while adhering to the law.

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1 comment

Paul Simpson August 4, 2023 at 8:47 am

UK & Ireland councils could learn from the Spanish decision. Some are now deciding to provide the required facilities, we wish for – Dedicated parking bays in their carparks. fresh water, & waste disposal points. This still leaves empty overnight car parks , that could be used for a small fee (£5 no services).
Last year a Norfolk Councillor, in relation to a proposal to facilitate overnight motorhomes, was quoted as responding ” if they can afford £45k motorhomes, they can afford to use the campsites”. SADLY, this is the attitude, motorhome owners find themselves fitting against.


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