New laws in Portugal regarding RVs, Motorhomes, caravans etc

moonshadow

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1- RV, Motorhome, Caravan, Campers are not allowed to be parked on Public Roads between the hours of 9pm - 7am: occupied or non-occupied.
2 - RV, Motorhome, Caravan, Campers MUST ONLY be parked in a parking bay that fits the size of the van including any over-hanging item such as the jockey-wheel (Caravan) or Bike Racks, tow-bars etc on the Leisure Vehicle.
3- FINES ON-THE-SPOT , or otherwise:
Parking on Public Roads outside of allowed hours and or Leisure vehicle's extending past the parking bay allocated:
€60-€300.00

Parking in a National Area or Protected Areas:
€120 - €600

source: RTP and CM pt:

 

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I do hope they are striving hard to open more camp sites suitable for motorhomes and caravans.
 

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As posted on WC site, the actual decree states the vehicles parked overnight with occupants. Unoccupied not mentioned as being banned.
Link is to a different article?
 

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As posted on WC site, the actual decree states the vehicles parked overnight with occupants. Unoccupied not mentioned as being banned.
Link is to a different article?
Sorry, I am guilty of copying and pasting. Basically the laws have changed and I wanted to alert people to this
 
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As posted on WC site, the actual decree states the vehicles parked overnight with occupants. Unoccupied not mentioned as being banned.
Link is to a different article?
1- RV, Motorhome, Caravan, Campers are not allowed to be parked on Public Roads between the hours of 9pm - 7am: occupied or non-occupied. says NON OCCUPIED here ?
 

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1- RV, Motorhome, Caravan, Campers are not allowed to be parked on Public Roads between the hours of 9pm - 7am: occupied or non-occupied. says NON OCCUPIED here ?
That's what it says in the post. The question is, what does the decree say?
 

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Post from WC....

The actual decree is here

Wild camping spots generally have no facilities and lots of campers have no toilets. This leads to human waste, rubbish and other waste being dumped inappropriately which in turn damages the environment. In some popular beach wild camping spots, toilet paper and faeces are often visible. After years of tolerating this behaviour, a new law has come into force, so if your question is “is wild camping in Portugal legal”, here is your answer.
As of 9 January, a new Decree-Law no. 102-B / 2020 entered into force, which prohibits overnight stays and parking in all locations that are not expressly designated for motorhomes or campervans. This decree amends the Portuguese Highway Code and complementary legislation, transposing Directive (EU) 2020/612. One of the changes affects freedom and the way in which caravanning is viewed in Portugal, as follows;

Article 50-A
Prohibition of overnight stays and parking of motorhomes;
1 – Without prejudice to the provisions of articles 49 and 50, overnight stays and parking of motorhomes or the like are prohibited outside the places expressly authorised for this purpose.
2 – For the purposes of the preceding paragraph, it is considered:
a) ‘Aparcamento’ means the parking of the vehicle with more space than its perimeter;
b) ‘Motorhome or similar’ means a vehicle that has a living space or that is adapted for the use of a living space, classified as a ‘motorhome’, ‘special bedroom’ or ‘caravan’ by the Institute of Mobility and Transport, IP ;
c) ‘Overnight’, the permanence of a motorhome or similar at the parking place, with occupants, between 9:00 pm one day and 7:00 am the next day.
3 – Anyone who violates the provisions of paragraph 1 shall be sanctioned with a fine of (euro) 60 to (euro) 300, unless it is an overnight stay or parking in areas of the Natura 2000 network and protected areas, in which case the fine is from (euro) 120 to (euro) 600 (euro).

b. Might be an issue for enforcement since foreign vehicles are not classified by the institute of mobility and transport!
C. Defines overnight parking with occupants. Cannot find anything which says banned overnight if unoccupied.
But as said in other threads, there are many free designated places for vehicles to park. This is mainly the result of large gatherings of motorhomes on the Algarve and, I am sure, influenced by covid also.
 

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Post from WC....

The actual decree is here

Wild camping spots generally have no facilities and lots of campers have no toilets. This leads to human waste, rubbish and other waste being dumped inappropriately which in turn damages the environment. In some popular beach wild camping spots, toilet paper and faeces are often visible. After years of tolerating this behaviour, a new law has come into force, so if your question is “is wild camping in Portugal legal”, here is your answer.
As of 9 January, a new Decree-Law no. 102-B / 2020 entered into force, which prohibits overnight stays and parking in all locations that are not expressly designated for motorhomes or campervans. This decree amends the Portuguese Highway Code and complementary legislation, transposing Directive (EU) 2020/612. One of the changes affects freedom and the way in which caravanning is viewed in Portugal, as follows;

Article 50-A
Prohibition of overnight stays and parking of motorhomes;
1 – Without prejudice to the provisions of articles 49 and 50, overnight stays and parking of motorhomes or the like are prohibited outside the places expressly authorised for this purpose.
2 – For the purposes of the preceding paragraph, it is considered:
a) ‘Aparcamento’ means the parking of the vehicle with more space than its perimeter;
b) ‘Motorhome or similar’ means a vehicle that has a living space or that is adapted for the use of a living space, classified as a ‘motorhome’, ‘special bedroom’ or ‘caravan’ by the Institute of Mobility and Transport, IP ;
c) ‘Overnight’, the permanence of a motorhome or similar at the parking place, with occupants, between 9:00 pm one day and 7:00 am the next day.
3 – Anyone who violates the provisions of paragraph 1 shall be sanctioned with a fine of (euro) 60 to (euro) 300, unless it is an overnight stay or parking in areas of the Natura 2000 network and protected areas, in which case the fine is from (euro) 120 to (euro) 600 (euro).

b. Might be an issue for enforcement since foreign vehicles are not classified by the institute of mobility and transport!
C. Defines overnight parking with occupants. Cannot find anything which says banned overnight if unoccupied.
But as said in other threads, there are many free designated places for vehicles to park. This is mainly the result of large gatherings of motorhomes on the Algarve and, I am sure, influenced by covid also.

Looking at the original Portuguese, I would suggest that "overnight" qualifies "stays" but not "parking", so parking is prohibited outside places expressly authorised for this purpose. The there is the question of whether the express authorisation is intended to relate to parking generally or the parking of motorhomes specifically...
 

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Looking at the original Portuguese, I would suggest that "overnight" qualifies "stays" but not "parking", so parking is prohibited outside places expressly authorised for this purpose. The there is the question of whether the express authorisation is intended to relate to parking generally or the parking of motorhomes specifically...
I think motorhomes specifically as stated in the first sentence?
I think parked generally on roads in spaces big enough for the vehicle, with no overnight occupants, and only overnight in designated spaces. However, we shall see how the GNR interpret it, which will become evident. The GNR have not pointed out any problems to us when we park in the town on the public road, during the day to do shopping. Next to the spot where they regularly wait.
I defer to your superior knowledge of Portuguese however as I had to use translate! ;)
 
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