Article 91 Mode and manner of execution

by Mark Nolan

1. Stopping and parking must be carried out in such a way that the vehicle does not obstruct traffic or constitute a risk to other road users, especially taking care of the vehicle’s positioning and preventing it from moving when the driver is absent. (Article 38.3 of the articulated text).

Special attention with parking large vehicles on corners or crossings as they hinder visibility to drivers who want to join or cross the road. It is usually the case to find vans or caravans parked in places that even though it is not forbidden to park there, due to their size they limit visibility creating risky situations to other drivers as they cannot see. In these cases even though these vehicles are allowed to park they should look for another parking spot.


2. The following are considered to be a risk or obstacle to traffic when stopping or parking is done in a dangerous place or in a place that seriously impedes traffic:


A) When the distance between the vehicle and the opposite edge of the road or a longitudinal mark on it that indicates a prohibition to cross it is less than three metres or, in any case, when it does not allow other vehicles to pass.

B) When another vehicle that is correctly parked or stopped is prevented from joining traffic.

C) When the normal use of the exit passage or access to a building for people or animals, or vehicles in a signalled ford is hampered.

Plate showing that you cannot park here; issued by the corresponding City Council, with the assigned plate number on the sign. Those not issued by the Town Councils that can be acquired in any establishment are invalid.


They will only be valid for their use in private spaces, such as parking for a community of owners, never for use on public roads.


D) When the normal use of the reduced steps for physically handicapped persons is obstructed.

E) When the manoeuvre is done in dividers, separators, islets or other traffic channelling elements.

F) When the authorised turn is prevented by the corresponding signal.

G) When parking takes place in an area reserved for loading and unloading, during the hours of use.

H) When parking is done in a double row without a driver.

Some drivers have the habit of parking on double yellow lines and go for bread, newspaper, drinks, coffee… it is totally forbidden for the DRIVER to be absent. There are cases of drivers leaving an occupant in the vehicle in their absence. The regulation makes it clear that the driver must not leave the vehicle.


I) When parking is carried out at a public transport stop, signposted and delineated.

J) When parking is carried out in spaces expressly reserved for emergency and security services.

K) When parking is carried out in spaces prohibited on public roads qualified as preferential attention, specifically marked.

L) When the parking is made in the middle of the road.

M) When stopping or parking movements not mentioned above constitute a danger or seriously impede the movement of pedestrians, vehicles or animals.


3. The attempts to stop or park in dangerous places or that seriously impede the movement are considered as serious infringements, as foreseen in article 65.4.d) of the articulated text.


Note that the reference to article 65.4.c) should be understood as referring to article 65.4.a), as established in the third final provision of this Regulation, introduced by section ten of the single article of the R.D. 965/2006, of September 1, by which the General Regulation of Circulation is modified, approved by R.D. 1428/2003, of November 21 (“B.O.E.” September 5).

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