How To Spot Active DGT Speed Cameras

How To Spot Active Speed Cameras

Speed camera. Credit: Pablo Prat/

Is your foot a little too heavy on the pedal? Speeding is the most common offence on Spanish roads, according to data from the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT).

As of today, the agency, headed by Pere Navarro, has deployed 2,082 radars across Spain: 1,324 mobile, 666 fixed, and 92 section radars. They’ve also recently acquired 150 new devices to ramp up surveillance, writes OK Diario.

The Illusion Of Fixed Radars

Fixed radars are the vertical, rectangular boxes situated to the right of the roads they monitor. Often, these boxes are empty and merely serve as a deterrent. The DGT is in the process of updating these units, but many drivers still slam on the brakes when they see the warning sign for a radar ahead. This action is not only dangerous but also incurs a €200 fine.

Article 53 of the General Traffic Regulations states, ‘except in cases of imminent danger, every driver, in order to reduce the speed of his vehicle, must ensure that he can do so without risk to other drivers and will be obliged to warn him beforehand, without being able to do it abruptly, so that he does not produce a risk of collision with the vehicles that circulate behind him.’

Gantry Radars: The Tell-tale Sign

When travelling at speed it’s almost impossible to tell if the roadside box contains a camera or not. However, for gantry radars, which are positioned on overhead structures in the middle of the road, spotting an active unit is easier. Just look for a side ladder. If one is present, it’s highly likely that the radar is active, as the ladder allows operators to perform necessary maintenance.

In summary, there are ways to identify if a DGT radar is active. However, the wisest course of action is to always maintain a safe speed, ensuring you’re not caught out and, more importantly, that you’re driving safely.

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.


    • and bradberry

      07 September 2023 • 15:31

      simple don’t speed no problems

      • Gopher

        11 September 2023 • 21:10

        Simply not possible, everyone goes over at some point on their journey.

    • Mike

      08 September 2023 • 10:40

      ‘There are ways to tell-but we are only going to give you one hint-look for a Ladder🤣🤣🤣’
      Methinks just another non story’.

    • Denise Dargan

      08 September 2023 • 12:06

      They should have the speed cameras around Tortosa in Tarragona, the motorists here speed all the time and most have NO indicators on their cars!!

    • Slim saddle

      13 September 2023 • 08:04

      I drive at 20kph below the speed limit as a protest. If Spain wants to go slow then so be it.

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