The new law states that, outside protected areas, overnight stays are allowed “for a maximum period of 48 hours in the same municipality”.
According to information posted on the Presidency’s website, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa “approved the decree of the Assembly of the Republic that modifies the parking and parking regime for motorhomes, changing the Highway Code, and Regulatory Decree no. 22-A/98, of October 1st, which approves the Traffic Signalling Regulation”.
The amendments to the parking of motorhomes were approved in the Assembly of the Republic on 22 July, with PCP and PEV voting against, the abstention of BE, PAN, IL and Chega and the votes in favour of the other parliamentary benches.
In a final global vote, the members of parliament 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.
According to the approved bills, regarding 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 Waterfront Plans, except in 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 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”, the text reads.
The bill maintains the fine for those who violate the rules for the prohibition of overnight stays and the parking of motorhomes or similar outside places expressly authorised for that purpose, which “is fined with an amount of between €60 and €300”, unless the fine is related to the Natura 2000 network areas, protected areas and zones covered by the Coastal Waterfront Planning, in which case “the fine is between €120 and €600”.