Trailers Now Illegal In Spain???

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  1. Geo

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    This snippet taken from another thread


    A Brit in the Ceuta police station [remember, this is Spain!] was getting very heated because they had to unload their Smart Car and leave trailer as it was not ITV’d [MOT].

    Ive posted it here in a new post to aviod going off topic in the original post,

    If true what happend to the rule that says what is legal here has to be legal over there
    Trailers are NOT subject to MOTs in the UK or am I missing something
    Geo
     
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  2. Jaws

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    Just thinking out loud ( and I am NO fan of the Spanish police and their legalised theft at gunpoint ) but if the towing vehicle was on spanish plates, perhaps the local rule would apply ?
     
  3. Geo

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    That would explain it, he said Brit so I assumed!!!!:RollEyes:
     
  4. Detourer

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    Hi Geo

    I have no idea regarding reason or why and don’t wish to be drawn…….like I say, just the messenger :RollEyes:

    But quit coincidently, Debbie has just read my post and tells me……

    While I was away she had to meet a British plated Sprinter Van and Trailer in Malaga……They were bringing over some Quad tyres and wheels for ourselves. Late for the meeting the driver explained that both his vehicle and trailer had been stopped and impounded near Estepona. It seemed all was “legal” except the trailer not having ITV/MOT. After much delay and argument he was let on his way WITHOUT the trailer……which was impounded and taken away. I have no further information re reason or outcome.

    Ray
     
  5. solitaire woman

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    As far as I know Caravans would also need an itv to be towed in spain. Think it it over a certain age, but almost certainly they will need some sort of certificate to prove they are road worthy. I think this applies to cars/caravans/trailers that are resident in spain and not people from other countriess who are only temporarily in the country.
     
  6. Geo

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    Hi Ray Me Ol China
    You know me better than that?
    I had no intension to draw you into anything, I know you better than that:Rofl1:
    I was alarmed at the statement as will many others, given the uncertainty of A framing:RollEyes: Now look what you've made me say:Doh:
    It now appears that taking anything other than your Motor home is going to attract unwanted and un warranted attention:Eeek:
    Can we arm ourselves against the Spanish Police?? is that legal?? (self defence an all that ):Sad:
    Geo
     
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  7. Geo

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    And Yet It Seems
    The Moroccans get away with it-
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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-n93ZUwafk"]YouTube - donkey trailer overloaded[/ame]
     
  8. lebesset

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    it may well depend on the size of the trailer / caravan
    in france only trailers up to 750Kg max laden weight can be towed on the number plate of the towing vehicle [ so to speak ] ; standard car insurance will only cover that

    anything heavier than that will require separate registration, extra insurance etc

    without knowing exactly what ,I know that similar conditions pertain in spain ; a friend of mine tried to register his uk caravan when he moved to spain ....he was refused on the grounds that he could not produce the uk registration papers ..in the end he gave up rather than fight officialdom

    as regards to the ...if it's legal at home it is ok there ...argument ; until a european standard was introduced trucks arriving in the uk from countries where a heavier load was permitted were not permitted to drive at that weight in the uk .. I used to ship to and from italy and any italian trucks had to come part loaded if they were maximum size
     
  9. Detourer

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    Hi Geo

    Of course I did not take it in any way at all….but you know how things can get out of hand on some threads.

    I think all [most] of the vehicle problems fall in the gap that the UK and rest of Europe continually finds itself in. I have no idea re Caravans in Spain other than I am sure they need an ITV and registration. Is that the case in the UK? I have euro caravans on some tours, never a document problem at the Moroccan border. But Brit registered nearly always requires explanation and at time a bribe or two!

    On the other point……Why should I expect a Spanish police officer to be able to speak English…….OK, I know some do but don’t let on…..How many Brit police speak Spanish. And if, as was the case, I could not read the document explaining why I was getting a 300e fine, what should they do……..let me off?

    Anyway……its warm and sunny and I have a week before the next off…….There were more than a few times during the last tour that I thought back to the fantastic MHFun tour last year……….I will tell you about it when I see you in Dec/UK…..

    Ray
     
  10. chesterfield hooligan

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    :Smile: Hi I have been stopped several time's and always produced the recipt for thr trailer no problem and sent on my way hope this help's :Smile:
    Brian and Marion
     
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    Hi we had a bit of a bump in Barcelona in June, MH & trailer with smart on, the police attended spoke English did not mention the trailer, I did get blamed for the bump even though I did get hit on the back MH corner somehow he missed the trailer not a lot of damage to ours but his was a wreck. I will have to watch out for further info on trailers. Pete:Eeek:
     
  12. MicknPat

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    Why don't the messengers of these 'whispers' of information go back to their source to obtain a little more facts or information, some people just love stirring it up.:secret:
     
  13. Geo

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    If its Facts you want Mick yer on the wrong site:Rofl1::Rofl1:
    This is FUN
    Seriously the information wasn,t posted to stir things up purely for information

    I know the original poster personally and he has far better things to do
    would you prefer people who did see and hear things or indeed people who have been personally affected in this way to say nowt:Doh:
    even if it is only hearsay, maybe it will prompt a response from some one who has had his trailer confiscated but didn't publish in case he was ridiculed:Blush:
    Geo
     
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  14. Detourer

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    There you go Geo...........just as predicted :Rofl1:

    300 euro fine confirmed the "whisper" for me.................:thumb:

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  15. MicknPat

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    Geo,
    Not read any other story with similar details so I can only ask for more details 'please' on MHF.:Smile:
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    Did your source read of this incident in the local paper, if so which one or was it just bar side gossip or personal information :Wink: friendly Spanish Cop........if there is such a person?:Laughing:

    Thanks.

    Mick
     
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