€750 for mobile chat at wheel under new Spanish driving laws


DRIVERS face fines of up to €750 for using a mobile phone while at the wheel from tomorrow (Saturday).

The fines are to be introduced following a controversial change to law that will allow all EU authorities to even trace overseas drivers for fines.

The new laws outlined cover eight offences including speeding, failing to stop at a red light, failing to wear a seatbelt and using a phone while driving.

Until now, foreign motorists could be fined in Spain only if they were stopped by police at the roadside or were in a hire car (where the company holds drivers’ personal details).

Under the new laws, from tomorrow Spain and all other EU nations will be able to obtain drivers’ details.

The Department for Transport in the UK has said it will seek to revoke the rules following Brexit in two years.

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  1. Why should the Dot want to reverse this? If you are caught anywhere within Europe, in my opinion the country in which the offence took place should be able to follow up and impose and collect the appropriate fine on the same basis as if the offender were a native of that country.


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