New Traffic Law approved. Don't get caught out!

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New Traffic Law approved. Don't get caught out!

On 20th March 2014 the Spanish government approved the new Road Traffic Act with a number of major changes. These changes will come into force one month after it is published in the BOE (Boletin Oficial del Estado).

The key changes are summarised below; Foreign drivers who are residents in Spain are now obliged to register their vehicles in Spain.

Zero tolerance to alcohol and drug abuse. The fine for driving under the influence of illegal drugs will increase to €1,000 and this will be detected by a saliva test. There are some exceptions for prescription drugs such as methadone. The current maximum penalty for driving under the influence of alcohol will remain at €500 but should the driver double the permitted rate (0.5 mg per litre of exhaled air or 0.3mg for novice & professional drivers) or get caught again within a 12 month period the fine would be €1,000.

Children less than 1.35m tall (it was previously children under 12 years old) are not allowed to travel in the front seat, not even with the child restraint system. This also applies when travelling in a taxi, although the penalty (€200) is to be paid by the parent or guardian.
The voluntary period to pay fines with a discount will be increased from 15 to 20 days.
It will be compulsory to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle within a city or town for those under 16 years of age.
Radar speed detectors are prohibited and the use of them will be punished with a fine of €200 and the loss of 3 points. However, it is still legal to use devices (avisadores) which provide information on the location of fixed cameras.
Speed limit will remain at 120km per hour on motorways although could be increased to 130km per hour in certain areas and circumstances.
The new law allows authorities to restrict the traffic in certain areas to reduce pollution.

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2020-04 Notice from the President

The Community would like to make clear what the current Coronavirus laws in Spain state about the use of Communal areas this refers to our Garden and pool area specifically:

There are two types of common areas

  • 1) Those necessary for the movement of entry and exit ( stairs, elevators, doors etc)
  • 2) Leisure and recreation ( roofs, patios, gardens, swimming pools etc)

The necessary common areas 1), must be disinfected when they are used ( elevators, door- knobs and handles etc). If you come across a neighbour keep the safety distance of 1.5m.

The rest of the common use areas 2), are prohibited, to avoid contagion and spread of the Virus, it is understood that its use is unnecessary and is not justified in the current scenario of #EstadodeAlarma, in addition to being reportable for non-compliance.

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2020-03 IMPORTANT Cancellation of AGM

Please not that due to the Covid-19 situation the AGM has been cancelled. You can read the official notice here:

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Don’t disobey the Emergency control measures

As you are aware the Coronavirus pandemic is a fast moving, ever changing situation with governments trying to find ways to control the virus. As you will see we have published information (below) on the Amapolas V website on the action being taken in Spain.

The new message is…. Don’t disobey the Emergency Control measures!.......

These are being rigorously enforced. The Police and Guardia Civil are setting up mobile checks on roads and in communities. We hear that they will not tolerate people who put others lives at risk by disrespecting the control measures. You could be heavily fined for minor infractions or even sent to prison for more serious disregard of the new law.

The Daily Mirror in the UK today published an article stating that the UK Police will be granted similar emergency powers to fine and/or detain people who flout any self-isolation rules issued by the UK Government.

Please take care, stay safe and healthy

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2020-03-14 IMPORTANT Covid 19 Costa Blanca and Costa Calida

The Murcian Council have banned all non essential travel within the coastal regions of Murcia.

This includes to closure of all schools and public places as well as gyms, beaches, bars and restaurants as well as any place where crowds form. All street markets are also closed until March 24th when further assesments will be made. The closure of bars and restaurants also include the region of Valencia.

However on Saturday 14/3/2020 the general government in spain has called for a complete lockdown restricting movement. This is an article from El Pais:

The Spanish Cabinet on Saturday decided that it was going to do as much as possible to slow down coronavirus contagions in the country. Government ministers have opted to prohibit all journeys in Spain that are not due to “force majeure,” but will allow trips so that people can get to work and purchase food. The decision was taken at a special meeting today ahead of the implementation of a state of alarm in Spain, a measure that was announced on Friday by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The latest information supplied on Saturday by the central Health Ministry put the number of people in Spain infected by the coronavirus at 5,700, with at least 136 deaths from the Covid-19 disease and 517 patients cured and released from hospital.

The draft version of the decree implementing the state of alarm, which radio network Cadena SER first reported on and to which EL PAÍS has had access, limits journeys to the following:

1. The acquisition of foods, pharmaceuticals and essential items.

2. Access to healthcare centers.

3. Journeys to workplaces or to carry out labor, professional or company duties

4. Return journeys to habitual residences.

5. Assistance for and care of seniors, minors, dependents, the disabled or especially vulnerable people.

6. Journeys to financial institutions.

7. For reasons of force majeure or situations of necessity.

8. Any other activity that is justifiably necessary.

To sum up, people in Spain will only be able to move around if they need to go to work, buy foodstuffs or purchase pharmaceuticals. The government is essentially locking down Spain, in measures that will go into force at 8am on Monday March 16, 2020.

To impede people from traveling, the decree states, “the head of the Interior Ministry will be able to impose the closure of freeways or sections of the same for reasons of public health, safety or movement of traffic, or the restriction of determined vehicles to them for the same reasons.”

Under the state of alarm, the government is calling on companies to facilitate home working as far as possible. “Employees, both public and private, will be obliged to supply measures that allow for employees to carry out their work or public tasks via non-presential means wherever possible,” the draft decree reads. This means a scenario whereby production is not interrupted completely, but does oblige all businesses to send all workers home where possible.

The restrictions being introduced by the Spanish authorities are very similar to those that have been seen in Italy. Public transport is not being closed for now, but services connecting Spanish cities will see their frequencies reduced, by at least 50% according to the text.

The decree also guarantees the continuity of all basic supplies, including “the supply of foodstuffs” and the “operation of services at centers of production,” allowing for the distribution of produce to consumer sales points.

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Comportamiento Incívico

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Asunto: Comportamiento Incivico

La semana pasada tuvo que venir a nuestra Urbanizacion la Guardia Civil por el comportamiento incívico de algunas personas usando la piscina a las 02:00 Horas de la mañana.

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