Urban wardens dispense majority of Spanish speeding tickets

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The A-7 motorway as it passes Benalmadena.

A REPORT published by insurance firm Linea Directa after studying 1.8 million traffic fines received by their clients has revealed that Spanish town halls issue five times more than national authority DGT (Direccion General de Trafico). 

Around 76 per cent of fines are dished out by local councils, with only 14 per cent by the DGT, and 10 per cent by other bodies.

City cops are most likely to hand out sanctions, especially in Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Granada, Sevilla, Malaga, San Sebastian and Bilbao.

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The report was commissioned to investigate a number of factors, including whether the issue of fines results in drivers changing their behaviour while driving, which it naturally didn’t.

As many as four million Spanish drivers admitted that they have been fined up to five times within the last five years, with six out of 10 admitting that they regularly break the speed limit.

Almost 800,000 conceded that they have insulted or even injured a traffic warden.

The typical profile of those most likely to be fined is a 35 to 44-year-old experienced male driver who has already received penalties, with the least likely an 18 to 24-year-old female with no previous record.

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