As usual, the Sol Times has printed the first bit of rumour it gets without bothering to check the facts. This appeared today top of page 3 in a big red box:
Thanks to Bruce Hobday of the Cantoria Residents Association who sent us the following:
Maria Luisa (Policia Local of Arboleas) has checked with Tráfico in Almeria who have confirmed the following:
British Citizens who are resident in ALMERIA and who hold an up to date EU driving license do not require a medical certificate to validate the licence. This applies to all ages.
The new law that was introduced in May 2009 IS NOT being applied by the Almeria Authorities.
However, if you are stopped or have an accident driving out of Almeria province, mid-Spain or North, or even Ikea in Murcia province, not sure how we would be affected? This is still a grey area and we are trying to confirm the law.
Well, Bruce and the Sol Times, you wouldn’t be affected, because if anybody bothered to read the damn law you’d see that it ‘s currently in Vacatio Legalis until the 8th of December.
So until the 8th, you don’t need a medical. After the 8th, you need a medical. Clear?
Later-> Chatted to Bruce, who confirmed that the bit came out of his last newsletter he sent round to the Cantoria Residents Association (http://www.residentsinspain.com/). In response to an allegation of being “acerbic” I’d like to point out I have laryngitis and am Not In Good Humour.