1. Exemption from the Use of Safety Belts2.
1. For Health Reasons
People, who for serious health reasons have a medical certificate of exemption, given free of charge by the health authority in the area of their residence, are exempt from the use of seat belts.
This medical certificate shall state the expiration date, contain a symbol itself (a dummy with a seatbelt) and should be shown to controlling authorities whenever it is requested.
2. For professional reasons
Taxi drivers, drivers of police vehicles and fire department vehicles as well as firefighters and law enforcement officers transported in those vehicles are exempted from wearing seat belts.
3. Other cases
Contact the Institute of Mobility and Land Transport (www.imtt.pt).
2. Signage on public roads
1. Jurisdiction for signs
Signs placed on public roads are under the jurisdiction and responsibility of the respective management entity. In the case of municipal roads, the authority falls upon the City Hall, the authority for national roads is Estradas de Portugal, SA, and on highways, the authority is the respective concessionaire.
2. Traffic signs
The signs to be placed on public roads must correspond to those established in the regulation of Traffic signs, approved by Regulatory Decree no. 22-A/98 of October 1.
Questions relating to road traffic regulations and the interpretation of signs placed on public roads should be addressed in writing to the National Road Safety Authority, Road Prevention Unit, at fax No. 354 21 21 29.
3. Road traffic
Questions relating to road traffic rules and the interpretation of signs placed on public roads should be addressed in writing to the National Road Safety Authority, Road Safety Unit, at fax no. 354 21 21 29.
4. Sporting events on public roads
The performance of sporting events on public highways is regulated in Decree No. 22/2005, of March 24, and requires permission from the City Hall where the event is carried out, and favorable opinions from the GNR and PSP must be obtained previously.
5. Parking card for People with disabilities
People whose disability causes them reduced mobility, being able to park, on the public highway, in the places indicated by signs, i.e. marked with the sign H1a-authorized parking, complemented with the additional panel of model 11 d, may take advantage of this card. The card must be placed in the front windshield of the vehicle carrying the person with disabilitiesso that it is visible from the outside (Decree-Law No. 307/2003 of December 10). The card is issued by the Institute of Mobility and Land Transport.
6. Vehicles Subject to Restrictions of Movement
The movement of heavy vehicles used for the transport of dangerous goods which are to be marked with orange panel is prohibited between the 6:00 pm and the 9:00 pm on Fridays, Sundays, national holidays and on the eve of national holidays.
Directive No. 331-B/98, of June 1.
The movement is furthermore prohibited of vehicles bearing special transit permits of Directive No. 387/99, of May 26, which approved the Regulation of Special Transit Permits, as amended by Directive No. 472/2007, of June 22.
7. Retro-Reflective Vests
8. Cell phone usage while driving
Pursuant to art. 84 – Prohibition of the use of certain devices – of the Highway Code, it is prohibited to use sound receivers and radiotelephone apparatus unless equipped with a headset or microphone with speakerphone system, whose use does not involve continuous handling. The use of mobile phones equipped with two headsets is prohibited.
9. Bicycle transport
In accordance with section g) of no. 3 of article 56 the load transported in vehicles used for the transportation of passengers or mixed transport, may not go beyond the outside contours of the vehicle and the correct identification of signaling devices and lighting and the license plate must be safeguarded.
Consequently, bikes must be transported preferentially on the roof of vehicles. However, taking into consideration the provisions of c) of no. 1 of article 13 of the Regulation of Special Transit Permits, approved by Directive No. 472/2007, of June 22, if they do not go beyond the width of the vehicle, do not cover the license plates, as well as preventing the ability to identify signaling devices and lighting of the vehicle, nor exceed 450 mm at the rear beyond the contour of the vehicle, as an exception, these may be transported on the rear provided that these conditions are respected.