JOINT POLICE CONTROLS SET UP AROUND THE SOUTHERN COSTA BLANCA
By Keith Nicol / 2012-02-26 14:27:15
Over the next few months, drivers throughout the Southern Costa Blanca, but especially around Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa, Quesada, La Marina and Los Montesinos, will probably be seeing more static police checks than are normally stationed around the area.
Torrevieja’s Councillor for Safety and Chief of the Policia Local, Eduardo Gil Rebollo, and the Director of the local police, Vicente Gutierrez, previously announced that a joint Police Task Force for the Autonomous Province of Alicante, would be implemented and from now on, you can expect to see regular static controls throughout urbanisations and at major traffic thoroughfares. The idea was for this to happen in Torrevieja but it can be expected to be more widespread.
These checks are being carried out by a combination of, National, Regional and Policia Local Police, along with Guardia Civil, with at least two planned controls per month including helicopter support, if required, plus weekly checkpoints in high density area where foreign plated cars are common. This initiative is the result of a request submitted in person the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon, to the new Deputy Minister in the Province of Alicante, Alberto Martinez. Eduardo Gil Rebollo highlighted the excellent work being carried out the enforcement services, the State Security Forces and local police of Torrevieja in the vehicle control and identification of non-EU vehicles in the locality.
One of the major complaints that is received by Torrevieja’s Town Hall relates to the number of non-Spanish plated cars, that are used year round in the area but are without a current MOT Certificate or Road Tax. If you are a Spanish Resident, you now have only 30-days to start the process to transfer a car into your name, for a non-Spanish registered car.
Anyone spending more than 185 days a year in Spain is looked upon as a resident and if you have Spanish Insurance on a UK Plated car, for example, you may only be allowed five days to start the process to officially import the vehicle or take it back to the UK. For vehicles without a current MOT or ITV, the Police may impound your vehicle. Be aware that having a Spanish ITV for a non-Spanish registered car, will not legalise the situation!
Eduardo Gil Rebollo said “This work is badly, in terms of much needed preventive monitoring in the urbanization of Torrevieja, because increasingly, more people are living here for more than six months of the year but have not officially applied to be Spanish Residents!” He also noted that it is the intention of the local and regional governments is to continue joint efforts and resources to ensure that the effectiveness is greater in matters like this are of great interest to the population, such as increasing controls of the Local Police and Guardia Civil to eliminate the sale of illegal and counterfeit products on the streets and markets.
Drivers are advised that they should always have their Driving Licence, a copy of their insurance (not a requirement but advisable in case the computer system is not working correctly in the police car), ITV or MOT, SUMA or Road Tax (although this is a municipal issue and not a police matter) and car registration documents, or notarised copies, with them, in the car they are driving, for inspection if asked to provide them. Failure to do so, could result in the vehicle being towed to the Municipal Pound until such a time that you produce your documents, which is not only time consuming but will prove to be expensive.