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Speeding Spanish drivers face fines in France

Drivers of vehicles with Spanish number plates will no longer be able to get away with not paying a speeding fine they picked up in France.

Speeding Spanish drivers face fines in France
One in every four fines issued to foreign drivers never reaches the offender. Photo: Cesar Rangel/AFP

Spanish drivers caught flouting the speed limits in France can expect a fine through the post next time they return from holiday from across the Pyrenées.

The crackdown is thanks to a reciprocal agreement between the two countries which traffic authorities hope will put an end to speeding and other infractions by foreign drivers.

The new law, which comes into force on Thursday, is part of an upcoming EU agreement which will allow the free transfer of vehicle registration numbers between member states.

The European Union is adopting this arrangement progressively, except in Britain, Ireland and Denmark which have refused to sign up.

According to official data, one in every four fines issued to foreign drivers never reaches the offending driver.

From August 1st, traffic police in Spain in France will be clamping down on not only speeding, but also issuing fines to foreign drivers who jump a red light, are caught using their mobile phones, get in the wrong lane or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Spain’s Civil Guard police officers allowed to have visible tattoos

Spain on Monday relaxed its policy banning officers from the country's oldest police force, the Guardia Civil, from exhibiting tattoos.

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The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use. Photo: Rafa Rivas/AFP

Officers will now be allowed to display tattoos anywhere on their bodies “as long as they do not contain expressions that violate constitutional values or harm the discipline or image of the force,” the interior minister said in a statement.

“For the first time visible tattoos will be allowed on uniformed officers,” it added.

On the other hand, the decree prohibits hoop earrings, spikes, plugs and other inserts when they are visible in uniform, “except regular earrings, for both male and female personnel”.

The Guardia Civil mainly patrols and investigates crimes in rural areas, while Spain’s National Police focuses on urban areas.

Last year Spain’s leftist government appointed a woman to head the force for the first time in its 177-year history.

The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use.

Los Angeles police are required to ensure that tattoos are not visible to the public while on-duty, while France’s Gendarmes police force also requires that they be covered.

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