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French registered bikers: watch your speed whilst in Spain

August 4, 2013

Spanish speed signAs of 1st August 2013, all drivers or riders of vehicles registered in France who get caught either going through a red traffic light or speeding in Spain will see a fine posted to their home address in France by the Spanish authorities. The same rule applies to Spanish registered drivers or riders whilst in France, who will also receive a fine from the French authorities at their home address in Spain. The two countries have agreed to exchange vehicle registration data, as it is more and more the case between member states of the European Union.

The current heatwave is a perfect occasion to visit Spain by motorbike, but if your motorbike is registered in France, you are strongly advised to keep an eye on your speed at all times. You may be caught by a hidden automatic speed camera and find an unexpected fine on your doorstep on your return from holiday. This has got nothing to do with nationality. UK nationals resident in France who ride a motorcycle registered in France and spend some time touring Spain must be aware of this new rule. We are not aware of the existence of a similar agreement between the UK and France or Spain as yet.

According to Le Parisien, 450,000 drivers/riders registered in Spain got caught by French automatic speed cameras in 2012 and 130,000 drivers/riders registered in France got caught in Spain in the same year and walked away without paying any fine. The split between cars and bikes is unknown but, nevertheless, the rule applies to all registered vehicles regardless of how many wheels they may have.

A similar agreement already exists between France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, although the latter is not a member of the European Union.


If you’re based in France and want to take part in the fight against the Government’s continued policy to ban motorcyclists from filtering through traffic, then contact the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry Bikers).

Si vous habitez en France et souhaitez participer aux manifestations pour la circulation inter files des motocyclistes dans les embouteillages, contactez la Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC).

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