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paul&debra

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When driving, be wary of approaches by bogus police officers in plain clothes travelling in unmarked cars. In all traffic-related matters, police officers will be in uniform. Unmarked police vehicles have a flashing electronic sign on the rear window which reads Policía (Police) or Guardia Civil (Civil Guard), and normally have blue flashing lights which they will activate when they stop you. In non-related traffic matters, police officers may be in plain clothes but you have the right to ask them to identify themselves. The Civil Guard or Police will only ask you to show them your documents and will not ask for your bag or wallet/purse. Should the police ask for ID, show your passport, driving licence or any other photographic ID.

If in any doubt, you should talk through the car window and contact the Civil Guard on 062 or Police on 112 and ask them to confirm that the registration number of the vehicle corresponds to an official police vehicle.

Be aware of 'highway pirates' who target foreign-registered and hire cars, especially those towing caravans. Some will (forcefully) try to make you stop, claiming there is something wrong with your car or that you have damaged theirs. If you decide to stop to check the condition of your/their vehicle, stop in an area with lights/people, e.g. a service station, and be extremely wary of anyone offering help.

When driving or taking breaks on motorways, be alert for anyone who attempts to stop you or ask for help. British-registered cars and hire-cars are proving an easy target for motorway gangs who use a wide variety of scams, including posing as police officers, faking accidents and staging breakdowns, to distract unsuspecting holidaymakers, while an accomplice then steals bags and belongings from the vehicle.
 

motor roamin

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This go's for any country America is well known for it even more so in well know tourist states like Florida.........

Talking of Florida any one travelling there please be aware of the new ruling you will need an international drivers licence........they brought the law in this year so the police can read non US licences in English :001_rolleyes: they forgot that Canada and England already speak and write in English :biggrin: this is not a wind up it's true and the penalty for not carrying one is quite high and can include going to prison :blink:

All the best Rick
 
Really glad now that I bought a dash camera :thumbup: it would also have been useful for HMG to have given some details of where this may be happening in Spain.

My advice would be to keep a camera at hand and should ANY vehicle and its occupants indicate to you either to stop or that something may be wrong with your vehicle start snapping away,if that causes them to drive off pass any pictures and details to the Spanish Police ASAP :thumbup:
 

motor roamin

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You are probably aware now Rick, but the Governor of Florida repealed the Law requiring an International Driving Permit 3 days later:biggrin: http://www.theaa.com/getaway/idp/
I knew they were working on repealing it at the time of posting, it was causing total confusion, one sheriffs dept that a wasn't enforcing it got sued for dereliction of duty :001_rolleyes: as they say only in America soooooooo true :thumbup:

All the best Rick
 
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