Holidaymakers targetted in Spanish anti-speeding campaign

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Car Rental News - 23/08/2010


On-the-spot fines of up to £500 will have to be paid by foreign drivers before they can leave.

Authorities in Spain have launched a new campaign aimed at tackling speeding drivers, and it is aimed squarely at drivers of foreign-registered vehicles. British holidaymakers in four key areas of Spain risk instant fines of as much as £500 that must be paid or risk having their vehicles impounded. Traffic bosses in Spain have had hi-tech speed traps installed in four areas of Spain that can indentify foreign vehicles exceeding the speed limit. The cameras, located in fixed locations, send instant warnings to the closest police car, which can then track the offending vehicle and issue a speeding fine in the spot.

The fines will range between £85 and £500. Drivers face having their vehicles impounded until they pay the penalties. Cars registered in Spain will be handled in the usual manner, in which fines are posted from a central office to the home of the registered owner. Three of the new cameras are located in the Spanish provinces of Alicante, Castellon and Murcia. All three areas see large numbers of British holidaymakers. The fourth camera is located in Zamora. Up to one million Brits are thought to own property in Spain. Most are located in the Costas.

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