Traf­fic laws to be ex­plained in English

A group of Guardia Civil traf­fic of­fi­cers will be host­ing pre­sen­ta­tions on Span­ish traf­fic laws in Al­bir, Calpe and Jávea.

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Irena Bodnarec

MOV­ING to and driv­ing in a for­eign coun­try can be daunt­ing and many peo­ple are left con­fused by the seem­ingly chang­ing traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tions.

What doc­u­men­ta­tion needs to be kept on you when driv­ing, the con­se­quences of not hav­ing your li­cence with you, driv­ing with flipflops, smok­ing while driv­ing, what to do when you have a traf­fic ac­ci­dent, steps to fol­low when buy­ing and sell­ing a car here, and prob­a­bly the most con­tentious is­sue for Bri­tish driv­ers - the round­about rules, the bane of ev­ery driver's jour­ney!

Even those that have lived here for many years are of­ten be­wil­dered about these mat­ters, de­spite tak­ing to the roads almost daily and just hop­ing that their drive will be un­event­ful and get them to their end desti­na­tion with­out al­ter­ca­tion.

Many Brits con­tinue to drive their UK-plated cars. Is this le­gal, and if so, for how long can you do so? Lis­ten­ing to some­one down the lo­cal bar with their so-called ex­pert opin­ion, just be­cause they have lived here for umpteen years, should be taken with a big pinch of salt. But now you can find out the truths, do’s and don’ts of the Span­ish roads di­rectly from the horse's mouth – the Span­ish Guardia Civil de Trá­fico Of­fi­cers who run the N332 Face­book group.

They will be hold­ing three pre­sen­ta­tions in this re­gion on Wed­nes­day, April 18 to talk about these plus many other is­sues – and most im­por­tantly, it will all be in English. The 45minute pre­sen­ta­tion will in­clude a video to high­light some points and fin­ish with a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion from the au­di­ence.

The first ses­sion will take place in Al­bir, at the Frax Foun­da­tion on the beach­front, start­ing at 10.30. They will then move on to the Sa­lon Blau in Calpe, start­ing at 12.30, and lastly on to the Jávea So­cial Cen­tre for 16.00.

For those that live and drive here, your only in­ter­ac­tion with Trá­fico of­fi­cers up to now may have been be­ing pulled over at the road­side. Now you can meet them in per­son and ask any burn­ing ques­tions that have been vex­ing you.

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