Spain wants to send speeding fines to British holidaymakers at their homes
As Spain remains a top tourist destination for Brits, thousands are expected to travel to the continent in the coming months as summer approaches. The Spanish government is now asking Britain to cede access to its database of vehicle owners, according to reports.
This would allow it to pursue travelers with speeding fines even after they have left the country. A Briton could, in this circumstance, return home with fines waiting in his letterbox, reports the Express.
The speed limit on Spanish motorways is slightly higher than in Britain. Drivers are prohibited from going faster than 74 miles per hour.
Spanish and British officials have said the two countries are moving towards a deal that would allow long-term British residents to drive legally in the country, the Telegraph reports. This would involve them swapping their UK driving license for a Spanish one.
María José Aparicio, of Spain’s driver and vehicle registration authority DGT, told the newspaper “we never wanted to upset British residents”. She added: ‘The plan is that once they have been able to request the exchange, hopefully in a few weeks, they will be able to start driving again while the request is processed.’
While progress appears to have been made on this side of the deal, Spanish authorities are complaining that the UK government is moving too slowly on the exchange of driver databases. The UK is “dragging its feet”, said Ms Aparacio.
Spain’s request for the creation of an automated database to issue fines is considered essential in the ongoing negotiations. The country sees it as Britain’s responsibility to push the talks forward as it has left the Brussels bloc.
Ms Aparicio said: “This situation was caused by Britain’s exit from the EU. We expect a little more effort to reach an agreement.”
UK government sources, however, told the Telegraph that no other country had made the request. They added that a system was already in place allowing Spanish authorities to request information about divers on a case-by-case basis.