HOW TO CHECK FOR TRAFFIC FINES
Many people may still not be aware that since 2014 the DGT/Trafico across Spain don't have to send out written notifications of traffic fines for speeding etc by post any longer (although I believe that some offices still do). The onus is now on the owner to check whether they have got any fines recorded against them.
Even if they do send a notification by post, it'll be addressed to the owners address on their computer records (which may not be up to date).
If you have committed a traffic violation, you will normally receive notifications derived from the sanctioning procedure at your address. However, if you have not been notified at your address because you are absent or due to a change of address, or at the Electronic Road Address or its regional equivalents, an edict will be published on an electronic edicts board, the so-called Unique Edictal Board ( TEU), from where you can consult them.
You should also know that if you have not registered in the so-called Excluded List, any citizen will be able to view the personal data included in the edicts published on the board.
You can consult the bulletin board whenever you want, in order to keep abreast of the sanctions that may come to you when you violate the traffic regulations.
You can also register your email address and phone number with them to get notification of future fines.
It is not sure how accurate/up to date their database is; although they say it is constantly updated with fines announced daily in the Spanish BOE (a sort of Spanish State announcements daily record).
If you are unfortunate enough to incur a fine then there are several ways in which you can pay it:
- By telephone calling 060
- On the DGT website at www.dgt.es
- In any local post office
- At any branch of Santander Bank You will need to take with you the penalty notice and your passport.
You can be fined for a number of infractions, just as you can anywhere. For example, speeding, parking illegally, carrying the wrong documentation, not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile whilst driving. You should be aware that as a foreigner living in Spain you must carry a national identity card or passport with you all the time.
You are prohibited in Spain from parking on a yellow line. If you do you run the risk of having your vehicle towed away. If this happens to you, you will find a sticker in place of your vehicle when you return including a number to call and the address of the car pound. You can expect both a fine and towing costs to pay
ORA PARKING FINES
If you have received a Parking ticket on your car from ORA in Benidorm for overstaying or parking without a ticket then you can either pay the excess on the machine (within 30mins of the ticket being issued) or in office details HERE