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The new road signs in Spain that will come into effect in June 2023

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The new road signs in Spain that will come into effect in June 2023
Spain's new road signs will be rolled out in mid-2023. Image: DGT

At the end of 2022, Spain's Ministry of Transport and the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) revealed a new raft of road signs and redesigns, many of which will into effect in June 2023. Here's what you need to know.

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The new signs and redesigns of old ones were to be rolled out throughout 2023, but many of them can be expected to be seen on our streets and highways from June 1st, 2023. Here's what you need to familiarise yourself with before they do. 

Fortunately, many of the señales de tráfico (road signs) are quite similar to the old ones but have been modernised, while others have been designed to keep up with the times, such as more electric scooters on the roads and low-emission zones, where cars with certain environmental badges are not allowed. 

READ ALSO: How Spain's new low-emission zones will affect drivers

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Wild animals 

Keep an eye out for wild animals - one of the DGT's new signs for 2023. Source: DGT
 
Sign P-24 is a new warning sign to signal to drivers that there may be wild animals crossing the road. It could indicate many different types of animals, but the most likely will be wild boar. 
 
 
Reduced visibility 
 
This new sign indicates reduced visibility. Source: DGT
 
Sign P-33 warns drivers about dangers due to reduced visibility in the area. This could be because of fog, rain, snow or smoke.
 
 
Crossed lanes
 
Crossed pathways. Source: DGT
 
This new sign for 2023, the P-35, warns of danger due to the proximity of a section between a confluence of traffic and a fork, where different lanes may cross trajectories and increase the risk of collisions.
 

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Warning: Children nearby 
 
Warning: children nearby. Source: DGT
 
This redesign of the P-21 sign warns drivers that there may be children playing close by. These are typically placed near schools, nurseries and playgrounds. The only difference to the current sign is that now the brother is younger and the sister is older, rather than the other way around. 
 
Scooters not allowed
 
Scooters prohibited. Source: DGT
 
Due to the surge in the number of electric scooters on Spanish roads, new sign R-118 has been introduced to show roads or areas where they are not allowed, either on busy traffic lanes or areas with lots of pedestrians. 
 
Warning: elderly people nearby 
 
Warning: old people nearby. Source: DGT
 
Sign P-21b points out areas that are often frequented by old people. It warns drivers that they are near to institutions such as care homes or rehabilitation facilities for older people. 
 
Level crossing without barriers 
 
Level crossing without barriers. Source: DGT
 
The P-8 sign, warning drivers of a level crossing at a train track without barriers, is already in use, but it is being replaced with this one showing a modern electric train rather than the old steam train. 
 
Stop
Spain's new stop sign. Source: DGT
 
This new stop sign is very similar to the previous one, it has just been given a facelift with new styling and typography for better visibility. 
 
Pedestrian crossing
 
Pedestrian crossing. Source: DGT
 
The new P-20a sign warns drivers of the potential dangers due to pedestrian crossings close by. 
 
Cycle crossing
 
Cycle crossing. Source: DGT
 
Similar to the sign above, the P-22a warns drivers of bicycle crossings in the area. 
 
Cars prohibited based on their environmental badge
 
This sign prohibits certain cars that pollute the environment more than others. Source: DGT
 
Sign R-120 shows drivers that some cars are not allowed in certain areas due to the environmental badge they carry or other environmental factors. The conditions will be specified on an S‐860 panel or on a separate sign next to this one. 
 
Beginning of multi-lane roads 
 
This new sign indicates the beginning of multi-lane roads. Source: DGT
 
These two new signs that will be introduced are the S1-b and S1-c. The first indicates that the junction leads to a multi-lane highway, while the second shows the start of a 2+1 road - one that consists of three traffic lanes and allows traffic in both directions. 
 
Cyclists must continue on foot
 
Cyclists must continue on foot. Source: DGT
 
The last new sign is actually aimed at cyclists, rather than drivers, but it's a good idea for drivers to be aware of too. The R-422 indicates that cyclists must dismount from a certain area and continue on foot until they are allowed to get back on again. 
 
What are the fines? 
 
It's important to familiarise these new road signs before they come into circulation because failure to obey a sign or ignoring one can lead to fines that can reach up to €500.
 
For example, stopping or parking in prohibited areas such as those set up for public transport or those reserved for people with disabilities carries a fine of up to €200. It's also the same amount for not stopping at a STOP sign. 

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