The new law regarding parking for motorhomes, which establishes that outside protected areas, overnight stays are allowed “for a maximum period of 48 hours in the same municipality”, will enter into force tomorrow (25 August).
Law 66/2021, which modifies the regime for parking, overnight parking and car-parking for motorhomes, changing the Highway Code and the Traffic Signaling Regulation, was published on 24 August in Diário da República, and will come into force just one day after being published.
The decree was promulgated by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on 6 August, after being approved in the Assembly of the Republic on July 22 with the PCP and PEV votes against, the abstention of BE, PAN, IL and Chega, and the votes in favour of the remaining parliamentary benches.
In a final global vote, the deputies made viable the replacement text presented by the parliamentary committee on Economy, Innovation, Public Works and Housing regarding the parking and parking regime for motorhomes included in the Highway Code, namely articles 48 and 50 -THE.
According to the law, in relation to article 50-A, “the overnight stay and parking of motorhomes or similar are prohibited in areas of the Natura 2000 Network, protected areas and areas covered by the Coastal Plans, except in the places expressly authorised for this purpose”.
"In the rest of the territory and in the absence of municipal regulation for the activity, motorhomes approved by the IMT - Institute of Mobility and Transport are allowed to stay overnight for a maximum period of 48 hours in the same municipality, except in places expressly authorised for this purpose, for which there is no limit on overnight stays”, reads the text published today.
The diploma maintains the distinction of the amount of the fine for those who violate the rules for the prohibition of overnight stays and the parking of motorhomes or similar outside places expressly authorized for that purpose, which "is sanctioned with a fine of 60 to 300 euros", unless these are in areas of the Natura 2000 network, protected areas and areas covered by the Coastal Waterfront Planning Plans, in which case “the fine is 120 to 600 euros”.
The diploma also determines that, after notification of the infractions, the offender can proceed with the voluntary payment of the fine immediately, a situation that “corresponds to the payment of a fine for the minimum amount”.
In relation to article 48 on stopping and parking, “the parking of motorhomes and the like is prohibited in the areas of the Natura 2000 Network, areas of protected landscape and areas covered by the Coastal Land Management Plans, outside the authorised parking areas of vehicles”, and whoever violates this norm “is sanctioned with a fine of 60 to 300 euros”.
Rather than creating infrastructure and facilities plus payment of overnight fees for using these. With additional jobs for people looking after these.
The idiots have come up with yet another fining system. Way to go! Another proof that the restriction of oxygen flow (due to facemasks) to the brain reduces thinking capacity.
By Zjjj-wow from Algarve on 25 Aug 2021, 04:45
Why would you want to stay more than 48 hrs in one municipality? I mean, that’s the idea of a motorhome, move around and enjoy the country, it has plenty to offer, but, be considerate and leave the place cleaner than you found it.
By Dave Leonard from UK on 25 Aug 2021, 07:40
Hi there is parking still aloud in amarco de pera fisherman beach
By teresa harris from UK on 25 Aug 2021, 08:12
I have a better idea ban them altogether. Low lifers. Morons
By Me from Lisbon on 25 Aug 2021, 08:30
It's just not worth going to Portugal now, as usual it's all been ruined by a few selfish people leaving rubbish and waste.
By A. T. from UK on 25 Aug 2021, 09:10
Good, about time. Good law, let's hope it will be policed. Motor homes should pay for campsites as caravans do. Really pleased should stop the motorhomes taking prime spots on beaches etc without paying.
By Lane from UK on 25 Aug 2021, 09:44
Motorhome or Campervan ? Are they differentiating?
By Richard from UK on 25 Aug 2021, 10:18
This new law regarding the parking of motorhomes is not at all clear. What and where exactly are the prohibited and short stay areas? Are the authorities trying to stop motorhomes visiting Portugal?
By Alan O'Connor from UK on 25 Aug 2021, 10:58
I had thought of visiting Portugal later this year, but having read this article I like many others many others will give it a miss
By Patrick Gerald Brennan from Other on 25 Aug 2021, 15:11
If it was not for motorhomes etc there would be less income for the area's
By PC from UK on 25 Aug 2021, 15:56
What good is this law? It only causes a turnover of new excretion and toilet paper in our supposed ecological protected areas. Our tiny coves in the central Algarve are totally overwhelmed and overpopulated. Gates should be put up and an entrance fee charged.
By Franien from Algarve on 25 Aug 2021, 20:52
I advise Motorhomes to stay away from Lisbon, full of low lifers and morons.
By Ken from Porto on 25 Aug 2021, 22:47
We are more than happy to abide by any laws that are put in place to keep local residents happy with our visiting their town or area. 48 hours seems a very good compromise, particularly as we use aires and wild camp and use a site for one night every 3 or 4 days while touring. We have found touring Europe great and locals very welcoming. We are waiting to travel again when we feel the time is right for us and the host country. It is sad to hear there is a problem with waste and littering and is upsetting that a minority of inconsiderate campers are spoiling it for the majority of respectful campers. Best wishes to all our European neighbours in getting past Covid safely and an looking forward to touring Europe and Portugal again. Steve U.K.
By Stephen Williams from UK on 25 Aug 2021, 23:08
As usual ruined for the many by the few, my late husband and I used to go to Portugal in the winter like many others.
There’s nothing wrong with wild camping, this does not mean on the promenade, It means (discretely), in between campsites, but many Europeans would go for six months in the same spot, year after year.
This changed when their pension rules changed they had to collect at three months not six.
Apart from this there are so many vans on the road now, some kind of legislation is necessary, things ain’t what they used to be, as they say.If we payed £8 on a campsite in Portugal it was unusual. Happy Days!
By Joyce Bragg from UK on 26 Aug 2021, 08:36
Alas, the local shops and community businesses are going to lose out financially. We are beginning to live in a dictatorial world. So sad, our fore fathers and mothers fought for our freedom.
Personally I will not be visiting Portugal again.
By Shirley from UK on 26 Aug 2021, 09:25
My sister lives in Portugal. We are experienced motor homers & always leave any place we stop cleaner than when we arrived, we support local shops pubs & historical sites. We had planned to visit my sister & tour Portugal afterwards but due to this very confusing fines system we have cancelled our tour for next year. We will not be experiencing Portugal & many like us will not visit or be spending our money there, loss of visitor earning will be in the millions of lost revenue. Big standing ovation for the Portuguese tourist authority on how not to run tourism
By Philip Smith from UK on 26 Aug 2021, 11:26
Totally understand the reasoning behind this fir areas that are overrun by long staying motorhomes , and camper vans .
However, what is a municipality?
A few thoughts though
Motorhomes have toilets and are self sufficient , camper vans are not., nor are cars used for sleeping in
Should Europe and the UK think about having an accreditation system, similar to New Zealand for fully facilitated motorhomes.
We had a brilliant motorhome holiday following the Duro from porto to close to it’s source, using aires, and areas in towns and villages where motorhomes could historically park. No signs of overcrowding at all. Often quite empty. How will we know if we can still park on these bits of land or road.
Campsites are not really needed as we have solar panels and of course a toilet and carry a spare cassette, using green eco waste dispersion liquids, and make use of aires for emptying.
Can we stay on an aire fir more than 48 hours.?
Hopefully all will become clear and the overwhelmed southern parts will be able to breathe again.
By Phil Brown from UK on 26 Aug 2021, 19:59