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31 March 2009
Siesta Show Webisode 46 - Ex-pats, Driving and the Guardia Civil

Part two of our chat with Antonio Rodriguez from Costa Advice Bureau covers problems you might encounter but not expect when Ex-pats are driving in Spain and are then stopped by the Guardia Civil. You may, for example, have to pay a fine on the spot but what happens if you can't? Watch the show for Antonio's answers to this problem and more.

To talk to Antonio visit the Costa Advice Bureau website.



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14 Comments

Jennifer Day said:
31 March 2009 @ 17:45

Thank you for this informative film. I have learned a lot from it. We no longer live in Spain, but will be driving from the UK to Costa de la Luz in May, and it was good to be reminded of what we should know and carry with us. More importantly, it was so refreshing to hear Antonio speaking in that typically Spanish way, being so carfeful to get our understanding and also his kindness - to offer help, that is what we carry with us about the Spanish - Spain is all about its wonderful people. Thank you.


trog said:
31 March 2009 @ 18:13

Antonio is spot on. No need to be afraid but do stay switched on about the reciept. Whilst most Police here are OK there is more corruption than would be the case in the UK.


tony said:
31 March 2009 @ 18:58

Thanks for the advice. I really enjoy these helpful videos. Thanks


Anthony said:
31 March 2009 @ 19:41

Just a note to Antonio's comments, your driving license should be the eu one with a picture of you on it, not the paper thingy.


Jim said:
31 March 2009 @ 21:16

Antonio for King.
He has my vote.


Lin Gossage said:
31 March 2009 @ 22:53

What a lovely man Antonio is. Every town should have one!!!!
I would move to your area just to have him available for help. Why not suggest to him that he writes a booklet we could buy with all these very important tips in. Brilliant interview.
On a lighter note, I am buying a bigger handbag to carry my passport, residencia, wads of cash, NIE, proof of existence and an overnight bag incase I am arrested for not having something important on me !!!!


dr david ashby said:
01 April 2009 @ 02:13

bravo antonia via con dios amigo another great program from you justin


Maureen said:
01 April 2009 @ 02:47

Thank you once again Antonio, Your tips are excellent. You are a lovely person and Justin is so lucky to have you on board. Looking forward to seeing you again.

Maureen x


Steveand Jane said:
01 April 2009 @ 09:18

Mayor Rodriguez.
It has a certain ring to it don't you think.
This man does so much for your faith in humanity let alone the Spanish people.
Thank you Antonio your numbers are now in my phone even though I shall be living in Murcia. Have you evr thought of opening a new branch of the Costa Advice Bureau on the south-east coast?


pamela west said:
01 April 2009 @ 10:12

Antonio, you are a very kind man we are coming over april 13th i have taken your number,in case we are stopped. We are in Manilva. We are pleased you are near, you are a lovely man,


Peter said:
01 April 2009 @ 12:58

Justin,

Thank you . The interview with Antonio was very helpful. Perhaps he could cover other motoring topics in the future such as how long you can drive a car with British plates without removing it from Spain, whether you could drive to Portugal or France and re-enter Spain straight away once this period has expired , and whether you should also be displaying a valid UK Road Tax disc.


jonny said:
01 April 2009 @ 21:46

Very interesting once again.I do not condone drinking and driving but many expats i have spoken with in spain seem to think it is a trivial offence.You may want to make people aware of the severity of drinking and driving in spain and what the consequences are!!


myra cecilia said:
02 April 2009 @ 11:27

As Antonios business partner I would like to thank you all for the kind comments made about his representation of our office on Siesta TV. our aspirtations are to assist and make life easier and less expensive for everyone living or visiting Spain.
As regards the questions reference to areas of the country. We have offices in Estepona and La Cala Mijas at present. But we do cover the whole of the penisular.


malcolm robinson said:
11 April 2009 @ 19:27

Antonio was brilliant, but as per carrying your driving licence and that paper thingy, why can't we photo copy them? This way the originals can be safely locked away,which could be
produced at the local police station if necessary.



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