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Look at this car. We are sure you will have seen many of these during the summer on the motorways. If you carry the load in this way you can be fined and your vehicle can be immobilized until you solve the problem.


Here are the relevant parts of Traffic Law with all the articles which can be applied to this vehicle:

1.The load cannot modify the car’s driving stability while driving.

2. The load cannot fall down to the road.

3. The load can not overhang in the back side, and the maximum rear overhang is a 10% when the object can be divided in 2 parts, and 15% when is an indivisible object.

4. The load maximun high will be 4m (from the ground to the higher point.)

5. Load weight: Check your TV card:

MMA means maximum weight you can carry.
TARA means the car weight.

So if your TARA is for example 1.500 kg, and your MMA is 2.500 kg, you can carry 1000 kg. Remember you have to take into account the all the occupant weight of the car.

If you want to read the information driectly from the Spanish Traffic Law, here you are……


Artículo 14 Disposición de la carga

1. La carga transportada en un vehículo, así como los accesorios que se utilicen para su acondicionamiento o protección, deben estar dispuestos y, si fuera necesario, sujetos de tal forma que no puedan:

a) Arrastrar, caer total o parcialmente o desplazarse de manera peligrosa.
b) Comprometer la estabilidad del vehículo.
c) Producir ruido, polvo u otras molestias que puedan ser evitadas.
d) Ocultar los dispositivos de alumbrado o de señalización luminosa, las placas o distintivos obligatorios y las advertencias manuales de sus conductores.
2. El transporte de materias que produzcan polvo o puedan caer se efectuará siempre cubriéndolas total y eficazmente.

Artículo 15 Dimensiones de la carga

3. En el resto de los vehículos no destinados exclusivamente al transporte de mercancías la carga podrá sobresalir por la parte posterior hasta un 10 por ciento de su longitud, y si fuera indivisible, un 15 por ciento.


Tabla 3. Dimensiones máximas autorizadas

Altura máxima de los vehículos incluida la carga, como norma general………………………….. 4,00 metros.

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