Mr. Agent I just stopped.” “You can’t fine me because I’ve been there for less than two minutes.” “I’ll be leaving soon.” “But if I don’t bother anyone here …”. These are some of the most typical excuses when trying to get rid of a fine for stopping our vehicle. But is any of it really valid?
Let’s start by seeing what exactly a “stop” is according to the Road Safety Law (LSV) . This body defines stop as: “immobilization of a vehicle for less than two minutes, without the driver being able to abandon it “. As it is a “maneuver” stipulated in the regulations, and as long as it is less than two minutes and the vehicle is not abandoned, a priori we should be protected against a possible fine … or not and this was researched by auto for trade.
That same definition as a “basic driving maneuver” that can free us from the fine , is the one that at the same time obliges us to take precautions before doing it in the presence of other road users (pedestrians, vehicles and animals ) that pass through, so that they can continue their normal progression, in order not to hinder them or create risky situations .
What cases and places are considered dangerous?
• When the distance between the vehicle and the opposite edge of the road or a longitudinal mark on it indicating a prohibition to cross it is less than three meters or, in any case, when it does not allow the passage of other vehicles.
• When another vehicle duly stopped or parked is prevented from joining the circulation.
• When the normal use of the exit passage or access to a building for people or animals, or vehicles in a properly marked ford is impeded.
• When the normal use of the lowered steps for the physically disabled is impeded.
• When it is carried out in medians, separators, islands or other elements of traffic channeling.
• When the authorized turn is prevented by the corresponding signal.
• Stops or parking lots that, without being included in the previous paragraphs, constitute a danger or seriously impede the traffic of pedestrians, vehicles or animals.
If any of these warnings is ignored and a stop is made, the maneuver could be classified as a serious offense, with the consequent sanction.
In conclusion, and responding to the question of the headline who heads this news, we could say that the fine will depend on the common sense of each one so as not to put the circulation and integrity of the rest of the road users at risk when making a stop, and the degree of rectitude of the agent himself when evaluating the maneuver, since under the law, almost any stop is liable to be sanctioned.
DO NOT TURN ON WARNINGS
Contrary to popular belief, if a stop is made, the four blinkers – also known as warnings – are not required to turn on. What’s more, it would be incurring an infraction, just like if we activate them when we go on a highway on a highway and we see a retention in front of us. In this case, it is not necessary to use the warnings, but to warn the rest of the users “by repeatedly using the brake lights or by moving the arm alternately up and down with short and quick movements”.