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With the influx of visitors to our shores at this time of the year this creates alot of extra traffic on the roads - especially in holiday hotspots such as Benidorm ..... a welcome site for the police! Whether you are hiring a car here or driving over from the UK there is one particular rule you MUST remember. NEVER EVER drive in flip flops, croc's or anything without a back - it is illegal and subject to a hefty 150€ on the spot fine if caught (confirmed by Stuart from Alba - a team of lawyers & advisors based in Altea ) It is also illegal to drive barefoot... I am supposedly ok if I drive in my 8 inch diamante encrusted Jimmy Choos but flips flops are a no no!
As of March this year the maximum speed limit on motorways was reduced to 110 km p/hr (68mph). If caught driving between 111 - 140 km h/hr that is subject to a 100€ fine and speeds between 141 - 160 km p/hr incur a 300€ fine. In addition,the local police force responsible for Benidorm and the surrounding areas have been attending a 4 day course to familiarise themselves with  foreign driving licenses and vehicle documents ie. Log books and so be able to detect forgeries.

This reminds me of an incident 2 summers ago when we drove back to the UK in our Spanish registered right hand drive Landcruiser. We were stopped by some police in London doing tax disc spot checks. The policeman (only just as he looked about 15) asked why we were not displaying a valid tax disc. We pointed out to him that although it was a right hand drive it was infact a foreign plated car. He then looked and acknowledged this and asked to see the documents - which we handed over. He "inspected" the green Tajeta Inspeccion de Vehiculos nodded and said everything was inorder - he looked at it upside down - which shows that the Spanish police are onto something by sending its officers on a course!

Other regulations are the same as in the UK: Do not use your mobile whilst driving unless its a hands free system, driver and passengers must all wear seatbelts and alcohol limits to be under 0.25mg/l in exhaled air ie. when breathalised. The sensible option is to not drink at all if you intend to drive.

The Guardia Civil are especially on the look out at this busy time of the year so take extra care.

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