Mónsul & Genoveses beach access closed for summer

The usual traffic restrictions are now in place preventing you from driving down to some of the Cabo de Gata’s most popular beaches until Sept 17. The roads are closed because otherwise thousands of cars turn up and do irreparable damage to the fragile local environment. They also cause huge congestion and prevent emergency services from getting to the beach in case they are needed. So the usual park and ride system is in place. Continue reading Mónsul & Genoveses beach access closed for summer

No of course you can’t break into a car

The National Police have reminded people that if you break into a car to rescue an animal trapped in the sun, you’ll be done for vehicle theft. Their Twitter message comes in response to a popular bit of nonsense doing the rounds online which urges people who see an animal locked inside a car to take a photo, then break into the car to rescue the animal. According to the myth, the photo will protect Continue reading No of course you can’t break into a car

Cars start getting stickers

Drivers across Spain are starting to receive government stickers in the post. They indicate the ecological band of your vehicle, and depending where you are, could be useful. So far, only 4.3 million drivers in Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Sevilla and Valencia have received them – the rest of us will get them next year. Why those provinces? They’re the most polluted in Spain. The stickers come in four flavours: Blue 0 – electric cars Halftone Continue reading Cars start getting stickers

The giant ant that comes from Tabernas wants to rent your Yankee car

A Finnish TV company is planning to film a dreadful B horror movie film in Tabernas. The plot revolves around a race of giant ants that have been bred by the US military in a New Mexico base, which escape with predictably gruesome results. But not to worry – we have two heroes in the shape of a young couple crossing the desert on racing bikes, who just happen to have a can of Raid Continue reading The giant ant that comes from Tabernas wants to rent your Yankee car

Calls for local mobility scooter regulations

There are suggestions that local councils should consider regulating the use of mobility scooters after an apparent increase of the number of people using them on the public road. Benidorm council recently had to regulate their use and other tourism centres are studying their example. Such vehicles are not regulated under Spanish traffic law. Insurance is not required for mobility scooters, and no vehicle tax is applied. Local police across the Levante have been surprised Continue reading Calls for local mobility scooter regulations

Brought a car 2006-2013? You could be entitled to a refund!

People who purchased a car in the last decade could be entitled to a refund of up to 1500 euros after 147 dealerships across Spain were found guilty of anti-competitive practises by conspiring to keep prices of new vehicles artificially high between 2006-2013. Opel, Toyota, Hyundai, Grupo Volkswagen (Audi, VW & Seat), Land Rover, Citroën, Mitsubishi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Continue reading Brought a car 2006-2013? You could be entitled to a refund!

Locals save dogs locked in car, but they’re the ones in trouble with the law

Six residents of Almeria city saved two dogs from dying in a locked car yesterday afternoon, but they’re the ones in trouble with the law. The excitement started at around 3pm when a local man called José, according to local paper La Voz de Almería, was asked to call the local police by a youth who had spotted two dogs locked inside a car parked on the Rambla, the main Avenue in Almería. The car Continue reading Locals save dogs locked in car, but they’re the ones in trouble with the law

Extra cops for the summer season

An extra 60 Guardia Civil officers have been assigned to the coasts of Almería for the summer to help keep the peace. They will backup the usual officers in the tourism zones, many of them mingling plainclothed to spot pickpockets, car thieves and business owners trying to make an honest buck without having to pay any extra tax, ah hem. They’ll also be deployed at the many ferias we enjoy at this time of year. Continue reading Extra cops for the summer season

Impressive car crash in Aguadulce

A woman lost control of her car after hitting a puddle this midday in Aguadulce (other side of Almeria city) and managed to plough through a wall. Accidente en Aguadulce (Almería). Sin comentarios. #estápasando #aparcao pic.twitter.com/CU1Z7LawSx — Curro Verdegay (@CurroVerdegay) April 7, 2015 The 32 year old woman suffered only light injuries.

Franco’s grandson arrested for try to run over Guardia Civil officers

Francisco Franco Martínez-Bordiú, the black sheep of the Franco family (errr…… hang on?) has been charged by a Judge and arrested for dangerous driving and attacking two Guardia Civil officers. The event happened on the 30th of April 2012, but has been winding its long way through the courts. The Judge in the town of Calamocha, Aragon, now thinks there is sufficient evidence to charge the grandson of the Spanish Dictator.