The 5 types of radars that the DGT currently uses on the roads

Radars are the order of the day on Spanish roads. But it's not just the typical speed radar: today, we can find up to six different categories of devices that the DGT is currently using to sanction drivers.
Radars are present on many of the busiest roads. If you circulate regularly through any of them you will know the radars you can find by heart. In the opposite case, many applications already notify us of the radars that we can find in our way. But there are some that you cannot detect. Traffic has 724 fixed radars, 557 mobiles, 62 sections, 10 helicopters and 11 drones.
The DGT has several types of radars to control the kilometres at which drivers circulate on the road. In Spain, there are up to 9 types of radars but not only they are responsible for monitoring that the speed is adequate in each section and that the limit of 120 km / h is not exceeded, the radars can know more about you than you think, from if you have passed the ITV to capture what is happening inside the vehicle.
We all know the traffic rules to drive safely and responsibly on the roads. Among them, do not use the mobile phone at the wheel, always carry the driving license -which you can now carry on a mobile phone thanks to the new app- and papers in order, always circulate with the seat belt, and of course, respect the limits of speed imposed by the DGT. The latter is the least respected, and that is where radars come into play.
Index of contents:

  • Fixed radar
  • Mobile radar
  • Waterfall radar
  • Section radar
  • Air radars

Fixed radar

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As the name implies, they are always fixed in the same place on the road and must be properly marked so that drivers know of their presence, by means of a sign or an information panel. They can be located in a cabin on the right side of the road or also on the porch of informational signs. They can also be on the left side.
It is no coincidence the location of these types of radars, the DGT usually places them in sections where there have been more than three accidents, accident concentration sections or roads that receive a lot of traffic. They are in charge of controlling the speed of the cars, in case of exceeding the speed that they allow to capture the rear of the vehicle when they exceed the radar.
It should be added that not all cabins we see on the road have a radar. In fact, there are more cabins on the sides of the roads than radars, the DGT moves them from one to another randomly. However, there is no way of knowing if at that moment there is speed control or not.
Although they are signposted and the cabin is visible, one of its functions is to act as deterrents, so that drivers are alerted to their presence and choose to reduce speed, if only for not taking a fine.

Mobile radar

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They are not permanently in a fixed place on the road, the Civil Guard decides their location and it is not mandatory to signal them, hence they are the most difficult to locate. We can find them on the roads in two ways, camouflaged in a Civil Guard car, either moving or stopped on the side of the shoulder, or on a tripod next to the road.
However, if you can intuit that there is a mobile radar camouflaged in a police vehicle thanks to several tricks: if you observe that it has two antennas or an antenna on the trunk; A car standing on the shoulder, gutter, islet or medium is suspicious; the occupants are uniformed; They are usually dark vehicles with tinted windows.

Waterfall radar


The combination of fixed and mobile radars gives rise to cascading radars and their mission is to detect driver speed violations once they pass the fixed radar: a mobile radar is located a few meters after a fixed one, the drivers Increasing the allowed speed once the radar is exceeded will be fined.
They try to detect behaviour that many people carry out, and it is to stop when the presence of a fixed radar is indicated but they return to speeding when they believe they can no longer be fined.

Section radar

Radares de tramo

They are also responsible for controlling the speed, but this time not at an exact point but at a stretch of a certain length, although they are not the most common. And as with fixed radars, they must be properly marked. How do they work? At the entrance of the section to be controlled, a device/camera takes the license plate of the vehicle and when leaving the section another device takes the exit speed.

Air radars: drone and Pegasus

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Road safety and responsible driving mean that traffic from the airway must be controlled. The Pegasus helicopters of the DGT have been used for a long time and in recent years the potential that drones can have in this task has been discovered.
The drones of the DGT control the road from the air but not to control the speed at which you circulate, but to locate other types of sanctions. They have a camera to record the interior of the vehicles, they can also follow a car during a stretch. From August 1, 2019, the DGT itself informed that drones can sanction drivers who do not follow current legislation. Today Traffic has 11 drones and another 20 devices are in the bidding process.

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