New draconian Spanish driving laws could see British holidaymakers being fined 500 Euros for going just 1km above the speed limit, the UK’s leading traffic lawyer has warned.
In addition to heavy fines – which will rise to 600 Euros for serious speeding offences – Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, said drivers could soon face the prospect of having their licences endorsed with penalty points.
Other laws include:
• Fines of up to 6,000 Euros if a radar inhibitor/speed camera detector of any sort is installed in the car
• A 1,800 Euro fine if the national police authority (DGP) is not notified of who was driving a car at the time it was involved in a serious or very serious offence.
• A minimum fine of 1,000 Euros will be payable by drivers caught driving whilst double the drink drive limit or above; or in all cases for reoffending drink drivers; and drivers under the influence of drugs.
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.
Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, said: “UK holiday makers driving in Spain need to be made aware of these new laws and exercise the utmost caution.
“In this country police use the ACPO guidelines which allow a ‘ten per cent plus two’ degree of tolerance. Unfortunately this generosity does not extend to the Spanish police.
“Whilst some motorway speeds are being increased from 120kph to 130kph, the speeds on some urban roads are being reduced to just 20kph, which is approximately 13mph.
“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.”
For Further Information, please contact:
Nick Freeman, Freeman & Co, on 0161 236 7007
David Simister, Different PR, on 0845 389 26 26 / 07870 550 760