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Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:17pm
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Trevor

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It's illegal to use a hose to wash a car in the street but can you use a pressure washer as it uses much less water?

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Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:22pm

Trevor wrote on Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:17pm:

It's illegal to use a hose to wash a car in the street but can you use a pressure washer as it uses much less water?

For the sake of a couple of Euros I go the Cepsa near Punta Prima and use their car wash, they have both a drive through or a jet wash you use yourself, other petrol stations have the same set up.

https://www.google.com/maps?q=cepsa+punta+prima&rlz=1C1CHBD_en-GBES831ES831&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjs6ujjlvrgAhUJvxoKHWcpDG4Q_AUIDigB

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Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:53pm

As far as I am aware it is the actual washing of cars in the street that is illegal.

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Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:04pm

Paolo, as usual, is quite correct. It's not so much the subject of washing a car on the street - it's that you're discharging something onto the public street.

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Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:05pm

It's the using a hose or pressure washer that's illegal as water in Spain is a precious commodity due to drought conditions.

Even emptying a large paddling pool into the street could incur a police fine. 

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Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:19pm

jimtaylor wrote on Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:04pm:

Paolo, as usual, is quite correct. It's not so much the subject of washing a car on the street - it's that you're discharging something onto the public street.

Which is a bit strange as a lot of Spanish houses direct their rainwater onto the street

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Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:31pm

OK, Ray, you're as pedantic as I am! Hope you'll be satisfied if I say discharging something contaminated onto the street. Even using second-hand washing up water from the kitchen sink isn't allowed.

I always the jet wash at our local petrol station. If I move quickly, I can do Margaret's car for €1, whereas I have to spend a whole €2 on mine.

And a tip for those who haven't yet sussed it out: 

Use the wash setting to do a hot wash with detergent. Don't use the rinse option. Switch direct from wash to polish (brillo), and that will both rinse the car and put polish on it.

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Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:51pm

Hiya Trevor, the straightforward answer to the simple question you have asked is Yes, it is illegal in Spain to wash a vehicle in the roadway either by hosepipe or by pressure washer.  It is also illegal to carry out routine fixing of your vehicle on the roadway too.

If you have access to a driveway, either your own or someone else then hosepipe away as you like , because as far as I am aware this is allowed.

LeckyLes.

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Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:16pm

Ah the joys of living in a park home, I can wash my car or service/repair it whenever I feel like it 😁

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Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:27pm

LeckyLes wrote on Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:51pm:

Hiya Trevor, the straightforward answer to the simple question you have asked is Yes, it is illegal in Spain to wash a vehicle in the roadway either by hosepipe or by pressure washer.  It is also illegal to carry out routine fixing of your vehicle on the roadway too.

If you have access to a driveway, either your own or someone else then hosepipe away as you like , because as far as I am aware this is allowed.

LeckyLes.

Not sure you can hosepipe or pressure wash in a driveway as the water will still run into the road and if you are unlucky enough to have a police car come by, they can fine you.

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