UK & other non spanish plated cars
Hi I have lived and worked here on the costa del sol for 12 years. My car broke down and a my neighbor offered to lend me his car as he was going back to the UK for a few months, his car was insured for any driver over 30 ( which I am ) Taxed and Tested, and fully legal, however it was on French number plates, due to the fact he owns property ion France as well as Spain. I was stopped at a police check point in Calahonda, asked to provide I.D and documents for the car which I did. I was then asked how long the car had been here in Spain, approx 3 months i replied to which the police then informed me that any car over 1 month is not legal!. There has been a new law passed that any car not on Spanish plates can only be here for 1 month. It is your responibilty to prove this to the police. The police then came to my house the next day to remove all documents and place a sticker on the car to say it has an embargo. I must now wait for the Customs Office to writ to me with the fine and the cost of putting the car onto Spanish number plates.
Also as the car was insured by a local Broker here in Spain the police felt this was the proof that the car was not here less than 1 month!
Please be careful if you have a non spanish plated car.