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Sporting Competitions, Touring Cycle Races and Other Events

Sporting competition events whose object is to compete over space or time and/or road or land handling skill, subject to the legislation on traffic, movement of vehicles and road safety, as well as the performing of touring cycle runs and other events, requires advance authorisation which will be issued in accordance with the rules which regulate such activities. It is prohibited to set up speed competitions on public roads, or those used by the public, except where they have been marked out in an exceptional manner by the competent authority. Infractions of the standards of this rule will be considered very serious, without prejudice to the methods adopted by agents in charge of traffic control to suspend or interrupt unauthorised sporting competitions, races or events.

Advanced Positioning

Drivers of two-wheeled motorbikes and mopeds, as well as bicycles, may advance to position themselves at the head of the line of stopped traffic, driving with caution between the rest of the stopped vehicles at the intersection. If there are priority waiting zones reserved for such vehicles, their drivers may approach them with the same care. In all other cases the general rules of priority among vehicles will apply.

Priority Vehicles

The drivers of priority vehicles may, in exceptional cases, where driving on the motorway or dual carriageway on emergency service and where they do not compromise the safety of any other road user, make a half turn, reverse or drive on the opposite side of the road, always where they use the hard shoulder, the central reservation, or crossings to do so. The agents of the authority responsible for the control, regulation and inspection of traffic may use or place their vehicles in that part of the road deemed necessary when assisting road users or where required to meet the needs of the service or the traffic flow. They will likewise determine in each specific case where emergency service or other special service vehicles must be situated. Other road users and drivers must respect priority vehicles and snowploughs. As soon as they notice the special signs announcing the proximity of a priority vehicle or snowplough, all other road users will adopt the appropriate measures, depending on the prevailing circumstances and location, to allow them to pass, normally moving to the right or stopping if necessary.

Where a vehicle belonging to the agents of the responsible traffic authority, which positions itself behind any other vehicle and activates a red light-emitting device facing forward and rotating or flashing, the driver of the vehicle must stop with due regard to safety on the right side of the road, in front of the police vehicle, in a spot that does not pose a major risk or disturbance to other road users, and remain inside the vehicle. At all times the driver must comply with the instructions given by the agent by means of a megaphone or by any other method which may be clearly received.

Where the Security Forces and Corps, in the scope of their duties, establish citizen security checkpoints on the public highway, they may regulate traffic exclusively in the absence of agents in charge of traffic control and regulation.

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