ITV demands redundent documents to pass your car

The Andalusian ITV network has announced that as from today it will be obligatory to show your vehicle is insured in order to pass your (MOT) inspection. This redundent piece of paper that they are demanding must show proof of payment, period of insurance, type of cover, vehicle ID and the insurance company. VEIASA, the public company that owns the ITV network, says it is obliged to ask for the paperwork under the 2015 traffic Continue reading ITV demands redundent documents to pass your 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

All day drinks and drugs … tests for drivers, that is

The Guardia Civil have announced they will be carrying out thousands of random drink and drugs tests during the next two weeks. “Any time, any place” is their slogan for the campaign, taking place ahead of the Christmas rush. The Guardia warn that they will be carrying out the tests across the country with no prior warning at any time during the day.

Motorbike crackdown

Traffic police have announced a special campaign against motorbikes and mopeds this November 13 – 15. Officers will be paying special attention to all such motorists to ensure that their paperwork is in order and vehicles safe.Local police forces across the region of Andalucia have been invited to take part in the campaign. There are 42.500 motorbikes registered on the roads of Almeria province alone. Across Spain, in the first nine months of this year Continue reading Motorbike crackdown

7 kph grace on speed traps under 100kph; 7% margin above

As from next month, all speed traps will be set to have a tolerance of 7kph if the speed is under 100kph; if over, it will be 7%. Example: If you’re in an 80kph zone, the speed trap will fire at 88kph and you get fined. Likewise, in a 50kph zone, it will fire at 58kph. If you’re on the motorway in a 100kph zone, you can do 107kph (100 + 7%). In a 120 Continue reading 7 kph grace on speed traps under 100kph; 7% margin above

No more hidden speed traps on secondary roads

The traffic police (DGT) have promised to stop all hidden speed traps on all secondary roads across the nation by the end of the month. DGT mobile speed traps will now be banned from hiding behind a tree or a flyover to catch the unwary drivers below. Instead, mobile signposts will be erected along the road warning of traps and the exact location of each days speed checks will be published online at www.dgt.es The Continue reading No more hidden speed traps on secondary roads

New speed traps go after speeding lorries and people with specific speed limits

Quite a few vehicles on Spanish roads have specific speed limits. Lorries, buses, special cargo transporters or drivers with restricted speeds all have to go slower than the indicated maximum speed at certain points on the road – lorries aren’t allowed to go over 100kph on motorways, for example. The current speed traps in use can’t distinguish between different types of vehicles, and so these restricted vehicles can drive at the maximum posted without worrying Continue reading New speed traps go after speeding lorries and people with specific speed limits

Expect the speed limit to drop in the spring!

The final draft of the new traffic regulation was released yesterday by the traffic police (DGT) and is expected to be approved by the council of ministers shortly, with the changes coming into effect by the spring. All secondary and urban roads will see a large drop in the speed limit: roads currently at 100kph will drop to 90kph 90kph roads will drop to 70kph OR 50kph unpaved or single carriage roads will have a Continue reading Expect the speed limit to drop in the spring!

Where the cash for Almeria’s speed traps going?

The townhall of Almería recently allowed the installation of a speed trap in El Alquilan, on the main avenue there, at the same time dropping the speed limit there to just 30kph. So this cunning little trap is issuing, according to opposition councillor Deborah Serón, over 100 fines a month, at between 400 and 600 a pop. 50% discount if you pay within the limit and don’t make a fuss… €20,000 grand a month should Continue reading Where the cash for Almeria’s speed traps going?