Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Canadians Count Yourself Lucky, You Could be fine $700 for 1km above Speed Limit in Spain

Spain's tough new driving laws could see British holidaymakers being fined £407 Euros for going just 1km/hour above the speed limit, a leading UK traffic lawyer has warned.

In addition to heavy fines – which will rise to a £488 for serious speeding offences – Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, said drivers could soon face the prospect of having their licences endorsed with penalty points.

Another crucial element is that if the Spanish police witness a motoring offence, their record of the registration number will provide sufficient evidence to prosecute. They are not required to stop the vehicle. 

Mr Freeman also said that under a soon-to-be-introduced EU Directive, driving offences committed in one EU country are to be reported to the EU country of registration of the vehicle in question.

'Whilst some motorway speeds are being increased from 120km/hour to 130km/hour, the speeds on some urban roads are being reduced to just 20km/hour.

'Any drivers caught exceeding the speed limit will find themselves severely out of pocket and will face the possibility of soon to be introduced penalty points.'

Other laws include fines of up to £4880 if a radar inhibitor/speed camera detector of any sort is installed in the car; a £1465 fine if the national police authority is not notified of who was driving a car at the time of an offence; and a minimum fine of £814 for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Daily Mail

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