Alcohol limits & penalties in Spain

The following information is kindly provided by members of the Guardia Civil based in Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, N332.

Alcohol Limits & Penalties when driving in Spain.
It is often not realised that the maximum permitted alcohol limit in Spain is considerably lower than many other European countries, including the UK

It is also worth noting that these limits are precisely that, a maximum that is permitted. Alcohol affects people differently and the only real safe limit is zero

That said, in Spain the maximum legally permitted alcohol limit is in general 0.25mg/l (or 0.15mg/l if you are a learner driver/professional driver). If the amount of alcohol exceeds this limit ther driver will be heavily fined and lose several points from their licence.

In the event such amount of the breathalyzer exceeds 0.60 mg/l the driver becomes subject to a criminal proceeding and will be arrested.

The Fines
Professional / novice drivers

0.15 – 0.30 mg/l €500 + 4 points, from 0.30 mg/l €1000 +6 points

Other drivers
0.25 – 0.50 mg/l €500 + 4 points from 0.50 mg/l €1000 + 6 points
A blood test is only available when you have finished the alcohol test and your disagree with the result

Refusal to co-operate is also considered a criminal offence

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