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Discussion in 'Europe' started by vander, Jun 2, 2008.
That's the "Guardia Civil".
vander,is that a man or a woman?
Ha thats great!!!
I would like to see em pull that one off on a Harley cop bike
Paging photographers to isle 205. Photographers. Isle 205. Thank you.
Ah the Spanish police. Reminds me of another 205. And they should be grouped. Makes searching later much easier.
I have a question to Spaniards on the forum.
While I was looking for info on my next trip in september I found a post about GPS regulations in Spain. Can enyone confirm it's true that one must not have a speed control points warning on his GPS map? I's seems a bit wired to me but maybe?
Here is the fragment with info as i found it:
"After the usual barrage of pointless questions one of the GCs asks me to power on my SatNav and show him that I dont have any fixed speed checks programmed into the SatNav which is also a very finable offence and I just knew these arseholes were looking for me to fund a new dress for their girlfriends where as Id prefer to give their girlfriends something else. Luckily enough my SatNav was nearly as old as my 2002 RT so has no fixed speed check warnings. Then they checked to see if I had a Hi-Vis vest you dont have to wear one, but you do have to have one if you break down on a road that does not have a footpath, country roads, motorways etc. The law in Spain is confusing on this issue, but its certainly better to carry a Hi-Vis vest if you are a tourist in Spain, the law can be interpreted on the spot by the Guardia Civil, and trust me, you never EVER argue with those guys as this species has a particularly aggressive nature!. After another solid 15 minutes of document checking they seemed to loose interest (or hope of getting my money) and Im on my way. Now, I really dont have any problem with any police force (except the Ukrainian cops) but the Guardia Civil really put sand up my vagina, therere a right bunch of beavers that will ruin your year if you give them even half an excuse!
Don't take my word for the truth, but, as far as I know, it is not clearly illegal (yeah, I know) to have a position-based speed-radar alert on your GPS as long as those are fixed radars. Their location is even announced on posted signs along the road so there should be no problem with that.
It is absolutely illegal to have any sort of radar detector or inhibitor (jammer) device.
Conclusion: you shouldn't have problems with the information provided by a regular GPS. Avoid all other gadgets. Ride safe and have fun (and ham ).
radar-POIs are not illegal in Spain
Agree with the above two posts. But manipulating your GPS while on the move is also illegal - and easy to spot on a bike - even scaling in or out I suppose.
The other one to watch in Spain is that comms are totally illegal - on the basis that it interferes with the hearing. Like most riders I use earplugs on long runs, I've never had to put this to the test but I wonder if the same 'rule' is true - any thoughts?
A general one: the guy who was quoted has serious attitude issues and I reckon all of that stuff came about after being either rude and abusive from the start or riding like a serious prick and possibly endangering life, etc. No Guardia Civil Trafico that I've come across begin like this - but, like any police force, if you provoke them they'll throw the book at you, the reflective jacket rule being just one easily enforced rule that no-one adheres to.
Intercoms are legal while they have the speakers attached to the helmet instead of using earplugs. So cardos, midlands, interphones, etc, are legal... and Lidl's ones not.
Thanks for this. Do you know the relevant page on the DGT website that I can quote - I get a lot of enquiries from my Spanish Biker site about the laws in Spain and I always like to be 100% certain about the answers!
Maybe this help you guys. Been pulled over several times in Spain and cops never mention anything about me using the intercoms.
Thanks for this ElZeeko, an excellent reply.
For non-Spanish speakers, in brief: while the letter of the law prohibits comms a test case in Zaragossa in 2010 ruled in favour of a biker using an integrated comms system, based on the same assumptions with 'hands free' devices in cars that there was no hindrance to road safety, attention, etc.
So, if in the event you get fined you can quote this case in court later and get your money/points back :)