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22 Aug 2008 00:00 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6942 posts Send private message

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Seen on another forum local to Torrevieja, my area. Anyone else heard of it ?

"Our Spanish language teacher told us a recent law has been passed concerning driving. It is now an offence to drive with flip flops or thong sandals for safety reasons. You can wear sandals but they have to have a strap around the heel. It is also now an offence to drive topless. Pity. This also applies to men as well though. The timing is brilliant. It will be an easy gig for the Guardia. They just need to park up on the exit from any Playa and they'll have a field day. Suppose the flip flop thing makes sense. Our teacher is a legit language teacher, brought up here and been here 22 years. Studied languages at Murcia University. As well as teaching us the language he tells us about the culture. He saw the piece about the new driving regulations on spanish tv. I am confident it is correct. We know some of his other pupils and he has told them the same."



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22 Aug 2008 12:14 by georgia Star rating in Algorfa (As seen on .... 1842 posts Send private message

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This has been the law in Italy for a long time and a very good one it is too.


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22 Aug 2008 12:21 by Rixxy Star rating in San Pedro. 2011 posts Send private message

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When you say topless do you mean........................witht he hood up?????????

I wear sandals without a heel strap but tend to kick them off and drive barefoot anyway - guess thats ok!

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22 Aug 2008 12:22 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6942 posts Send private message

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I'm not saying it's not a good idea, Georgia, but just how many of us know it may (or may not) be the law ? If a police officer stands over you with his hand on his gun, which they do, & demands cash, it's hard to argue, even in Spanish. 

We've had "dealings" with traffic officers, they are intimidating (to say the least) & you know my OH, he's not fiery tempered & is so polite, unlike his wife.

Anyway, if you're driving along in bare feet or flip flops just how do these guys (or gals) see your feet ?

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22 Aug 2008 12:39 by Marksfish Star rating in Sandy, Bedfordshire/.... 2413 posts Send private message

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You would be prosecuted in the UK too for driving barefoot!!

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22 Aug 2008 12:42 by georgia Star rating in Algorfa (As seen on .... 1842 posts Send private message

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I suppsoe if you get stopped randomly they will check your footwear or maybe if they notice yyou getting into your car,i always drive bearfoot in the summer as flip flops are lethal,i was told by a copper in England once not knowing the law and pleading ignorance is not an excuse,so i suppose they would apply that.
I know what you mean about the Guardia being intimidating,i made the foolish mistake once of laughing at a Guardia officer,the pointy end of a machine gun is not a comforting sight,i have also spent 2 hours in the back of a Guardia van before,not pleasant(not my fault,i assure you).
The Guardia are intimidating for a reason, with fear, comes respect,something i fear a lot of police forces lack these days,put it like this you wouldn't see a group of lads here sticking two fingers up at one.........perish the thought.
It's impossible to keep up with all the laws and i suppose you would get some sort of leniancy if you were a first offender,i find the dealings i have had with the Local Police for them to be very firm but fair.



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22 Aug 2008 12:44 by georgia Star rating in Algorfa (As seen on .... 1842 posts Send private message

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Thats interesting Mark,i remeber way back when my wife passed her test and during all her lessons they allowed ladies to remove their shoes.....has the law changed?

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22 Aug 2008 12:47 by Rixxy Star rating in San Pedro. 2011 posts Send private message

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Its cos in the Uk its so wet your foot would slip off the pedals!

Luckily here its just hot and dry so no worries there!!!

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22 Aug 2008 12:59 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6942 posts Send private message

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So, Rixxy, you break the law, do you ?



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22 Aug 2008 12:59 by Marksfish Star rating in Sandy, Bedfordshire/.... 2413 posts Send private message

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I don't think it is a law per se, but the law would get you for not being in proper control of your vehicle at all times. I have just read on a newsgroup that insurance companies will also refuse payment if you are not wearing suitable footwear. 

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22 Aug 2008 13:10 by Max Kite Star rating in Castilléjar, Granada. 308 posts Send private message

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Just to carry over information posted on other threads:

1)  Always stop at a stop sign - I mean STOP and wait a second or two - they love this one - 150€ and 4 points

2) If you get out of the car, put on your reflective jacket or they'll have you for that as well.

3) You don't have to pay on the spot - they can issue you with a ticket, which you take to Banco Santander to pay.

4) Yes, people ARE getting nicked for wearing flip flops

5) If you don't want to get nicked, buy a moto and ride it through the town flat out doing wheelies, scattering the aged and children alike, deafening all and sundry.  The Guardia will ignore you.  Get in a car and ching-ching!  That will do nicely sir!

6) Spanish licence holders also need regular medical check-ups. 

Regarding barefoot, I personally think it is safer than shoes as one has better contact (feel) with the car.  



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22 Aug 2008 14:15 by mr.kevin Star rating in Costa Blanca. 187 posts Send private message

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It is not just Spanish driving licence holders that need medicals. 

Holders of UK / Euro driving licences needs to comply with the Spanish regulations regarding medicals other wise the guardia can say your licence is not valid.

I am sure this must have been covered before



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22 Aug 2008 14:20 by semijubilada Star rating in London/Torrevieja. 1052 posts Send private message

Looks like I'm going to have to pack a pair of driving shoes

I've only tried to drive in flipflops once, never again.  Also wouldn't drive barefoot as I felt like I didn't have any control in an emergency (also got cramp)

I'm used to driving in something with a sole so my foot is flat, only thing is it's normally sandals without a strap around the heel.

Need to lie down with a cold compress, too many rules am now getting a headache.



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22 Aug 2008 16:20 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 3871 posts Send private message

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What really gets my goat is that I've yet to see a local police car with a full set of working headlamps, indicators and brake lights, and the majority of council operated vehicles and public buses here would instantly fail an ITV (MoT) on emissions alone.

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22 Aug 2008 16:24 by Max Kite Star rating in Castilléjar, Granada. 308 posts Send private message

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Also, Roberto, the drivers of these publicly funded vehicles are usually to be found where?  And what are they drinking?



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22 Aug 2008 19:26 by Pitby Star rating in Andalucía. 1880 posts Send private message

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Can anyone actually direct us to where it states, legally, that you cannot drive in flip-flops/thonged sandals?  I've just spent the last six weeks driving around Malaga and only ever where flip flops!!  Albeit they are not of the rubber variety!!  Living in Dubai, in fact, it's all I wear!  Open flat soled sandals!  Personally, I have never had a problem driving with them (from manuals to automatics, from saloons to 4x4s).  I would think driving without shoes much more dangerous - something I really don't feel comfotable with, but I suppose it's down to personal preference.

Anyway, would just like to know if there is anything in print about this.  Would hate to think I'll be breaking the law the next time I'm in Spain - means I'll have to invest in some new footwear!!




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22 Aug 2008 20:00 by irenemontague Star rating in liverpool/carvajal . 794 posts Send private message

Hi the new driving law in spain is now the same as england as we are not allowed to drive in flip flops i think spain brings these laws in years after everyone else bye irene





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23 Aug 2008 00:29 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 3871 posts Send private message

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No doubt some ridiculous EU directive.
Shoe Police - whatever next? And we in the "West" have the audacity to try to force "democracy" on other nations? Do you think China has Shoe Police? They might still not be allowed freedom of thought, but at least they can choose for themselves what footwear to put on before going out! Pretty soon it will be us wearing identical blue pyjamas and hairstyles etc.


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23 Aug 2008 00:45 by FibbyUK Star rating in UK, Surrey & Playa F.... 2351 posts Send private message

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Well Roberto,
I am sending my personal shoe policeman to the UK High Street tomorrow..............to get me sandals with straps at the back!

God forbid we land at Alicante on Sunday afternoon and the Shoe Policeman stops me on the N332 catching me in my flippy floppy thingys! (Albeit they were bought in Espania!)

To get a 150€ (or whatever takes their fancy at the time), on the spot fine, which may end up in the local Policia's back pocket, Hurrrrrrrmph!................horrifies me!

So a cheapo 3 quid pair at our local cheapo shoe shop will suit moi cheapo fine thank you very much!

Viva Espania rules...............actually, they are very sensible.............
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23 Aug 2008 01:37 by buzylizzie Star rating in Gibraltar, Manilva a.... 193 posts Send private message

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So, are my 5" stillettos ok then?




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