Spain: Big Fines for Small Speeding Offences – Qashqai Winner

NEWS: a lawyer says drivers can be fined €500 if caught 1kmh over the speed limit in Spain. Plus, the new generation Nissan Qashqai is even more successful than the original.

TRAFFIC: northern Germany was supposed to quiet and south Germany busy as drivers changeover mid-Pentecost fortnight. However, the opposite seems to be true with earlier classic holiday delays at the A31 Emstunnel at Leer near the North Sea coast and no queues at the B179 Fernpass over the Austrian border. Meanwhile, after a quiet few weeks, delays have been very long at the A7 Elbtunnel works in Hamburg for the past few days while drivers avoiding the Gotthard Tunnel via the passes were queuing into Andermatt this morning… The predictions were right about one thing: it was all over just after lunch.

GIBRALTAR FRONTIER WATCH: very quiet all day, maximum delay 10mins.

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SPAIN: BIG FINES FOR SMALL SPEEDING OFFENCES

Lawyer says 1kmh over can bag €500 fine.

Drivers in Spain face a fine of €500 for breaking speed limits by just 1kmh says ‘Mr Loophole™’.

Lawyer Nick Freeman – who shot to fame after defeating many high profile traffic prosecutions, hence the nickname – made the sensational claim to Practical Motorhome this week.

He said, ‘In this country [UK] police use the ACPO guidelines which allow a ‘ten per cent plus two’ degree of tolerance. Unfortunately this generosity does not extend to the Spanish police.’

From 9 May this year a new raft of traffic laws entered force in Spain. Speed limits were increased to 130kmh on some stretches of motorway but reduced to 90kmh on main roads and as low as 20kmh in some urban areas. At the same time, penalties for speeding, drink driving and other offences were increased.

The Practical Motorhome article also mentions the recent ruling on information sharing between EU countries on traffic offences, now set to include the UK, Ireland and Denmark, although this will not apply for at least another twelve months.

We have contacted Nick Freeman for clarification but have yet to hear back.

Thanks for the tip @MontyMotorhome.

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Despite being rather different to its hugely successful predecessor – more SUV than pure crossover – the new generation Nissan Qashqai is outselling the original, even though it is still in the ‘ramp up’ phase after its launch late last year. The news was confirmed to @DriveEurope by Andy Palmer (@NissanAndy) Chief Planning Officer at Nissan Motor Company last week. The good news keeps coming: the 1.6 dCi (130PS) Acenta Premium was the overall winner at this week’s 2014 Tow Car Awards.

Despite being rather different to its hugely successful predecessor – more SUV than pure crossover – the new generation Nissan Qashqai is outselling the original, even though it is still in the ‘ramp up’ phase after its launch late last year. The news was confirmed to @DriveEurope by Andy Palmer (@NissanAndy) Chief Planning Officer at Nissan Motor Company last week. The good news keeps coming: the 1.6 dCi (130PS) Acenta Premium was the overall winner at this week’s 2014 Tow Car Awards.

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