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Campervans, cars towing caravans and trailers up to 750kg are restricted to 90kph (56mph) on motorways and dual-carriageways, and 80kph (50mph) on other roads (unless a lower speed limit is in force). Cars towing weights over 750kg are restricted to 80kph on motorways and dual carriageways, and 70kph (43mph) on other roads (unless a lower speed limit is in force).
Obligatory speed restrictions are shown on round signs in black figures on a white background with a red rim. Recommended speed limits, e.g. at sharp bends, are shown on square signs in white figures on a blue background.
Most Spanish drivers routinely speed everywhere, particularly on rural roads, and it has been estimated that only some 15 per cent of Spanish drivers observe speed limits. Many drivers are reluctant to slow for 50kph limits in towns, particularly on national highways running through towns, and are often irritated by motorists who do so.
However, speed limits are more rigidly enforced in towns, particularly in resort areas, where tourists are among the main contributors to the town halls’ coffers. Radar controls are in use throughout Spain (a large number were installed in 2006 and many are unmarked), and speed limits are also enforced by motorcycle traffic police operating in pairs.