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#91796 - 12/18/12 10:02 AM Re: Driving in España? [Re: Rodolfo]
miamiajp Offline
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Registered: 01/19/12
Posts: 25
Loc: USA
One word of advice when driving in Spain, be careful how you drive. We were there earlier this year and drove everywhere. It is for the most part a joy. They have invested heavily in their infrastructure and the roads are amazing. Gas is pricey, but you are paying for independence and been able to reach spots that public transport doesn’t. Driving close to the Costa del Sol, or up on the northern mountains is amazing. You must be very careful with the speed though. The rule of thumb is that if the police catch you speeding they ask you to pay the fine, in cash, at the spot and can even impound your rental right there and then. The cops we saw were few and far in between. But then there are the speed cameras. Four months after returning to the states without an incident we received in the mail a speeding camera ticket for 400 Euros for going about 8 KPH over the speed posted. At first we thought it was a scam. We tried paying the fine at the website on the ticket but it asks you for an identity card number which we don’t have. Other than sending cash or a check in an envelope we saw no other solution, so we have not paid it. This may represent a problem when we return to Spain this coming March, we’ll see. I don’t think we would be arrested at the airport, but in any case we can always pay the outrageous fine there.

#91797 - 12/18/12 11:26 AM Re: Driving in España? [Re: miamiajp]
pedmar Offline
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Registered: 02/26/06
Posts: 2336
Loc: Morbihan, France
yes its lovely and glad you enjoy it. I drive all the time for many years.

However, for 8 KPH paying a fine of 400 Euros is not right, this can be a scan. You mean 80 KPH maybe but not 8. In your case you should have been driven in a 110 KPH zone and gone by 161 KPH to get a 400 euros fine

here is the law

#92182 - 06/07/13 09:49 PM Re: Driving in España? [Re: miamiajp]
Rodolfo Offline
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Registered: 05/19/05
Posts: 252
Loc: Stockton,Ca.

We're curious as to what happened when you returned to Spain in March. Did you have to pay the traffic fine?

Thanks and hope your trip went well

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