Travelling by car with dog: Laws and regulations
About 50% of drivers who have pets do not know the regulations on the transport of pets; you thus may find useful RACE and DGT recommendations
When traveling, many of us don´t want to let go of our faithful companion, so you have to be informed about regulations regarding carrying a dog in the car, as well about the safety devices for them.
Because, in fact, 50% of drivers who have pets do not know the regulations on the transport of pets; a regulation that is also quite ambiguous:
The Spanish Traffic Law states: “Vehicle drivers must maintain their freedom of movement, the required field of vision and permanent attention to driving, to ensure their own safety, that of other occupants of the vehicle and that of other road users. For this purpose, they should take special care to maintain proper position and also the rest of the passengers, and proper placement of objects or animals transported for no interference between the driver and any of them.”
Since this statement can lead to confusion, also we attach RACE and DGT recommendations:
YES: Depending on size of the dog, the larger ones travel better in the trunk, separated by a net or grid, or fastened with double harness. The small ones travel in a carrier placed on the floor of the back seat. For all sizes is double recommend a double harness attached to the safety belts in the back seat of the car, never the front seat.
NO: The dog should never be loose, because in case of an accident, both passengers and the animal may suffer serious injury or death. Nor can it go in a carrier fastened with seat belt.
And remember: The penalty for travelling with your dog improperly amounts to 100 €.
In addition to these regulations, never leave your dog in the car with the windows closed (or only slightly open) with hot weather. The temperature inside the vehicle rises rapidly to very high temperatures and 20 minutes already can be fatal.