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Court ruling could declare thousands of fixed radar fines across Spain invalid

A fixed-point radar device. File photograph.
A fixed-point radar device. File photograph. / SUR
  • Thousands of fines could be appealed based on a precedent created by a court judgement in Cordoba

A court in Cordoba has declared a fine for a speeding charge that was captured by a fixed radar point was invalid and accused Spain's roads authority, the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), of not sticking to the rules.

Thousands of fines could be appealed based on the precedent created by this court’s ruling after the Dvuelta drivers’ association brought the case.

The court ruled that a fine was invalid as the evidence of presented "did not have two photographs taken at different times of the offending vehicle."

Regulations state that “radars that do not have the endorsement of an operator (a Guardia Civil) who supervises their functions, will be required to capture at least two frames of the offending vehicle taken at different times: one of them will show a panoramic view vehicle; the other, the numberplate."

In the Cordoba court ruling the judgement said that only one photograph of the vehicle was taken, although two were presented with different zooms and framing.