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Can I wear a Bluetooth headset when driving?

by Mark Nolan
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The short answer is NO, you can’t.

In Spain, it is illegal to wear any form of headset when driving, which includes headphones, or “buds”, and also Bluetooth devices commonly used to connect to mobile phones.

This rule applies to all vehicle drivers, including bicycle and scooter riders, as well as drivers of motorised vehicles.

The only exception, a recent change, is that certain approved devices can be used for communicating on motorcycles.

The reason why headphones and headsets are banned in Spain when driving is that the driver must be fully aware of their surroundings at all times, and not distracted.

Being aware of your surroundings includes the utilisation of all senses, and the ability to hear is no less important than the ability to see. This is the same reason why playing music too loud when driving is also an offence.

There is an exception for hearing aids provided and approved for medical reasons, a matter which will be reflected on your driving licence in the codes section.

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