An expensive 1.45-km journey

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ROCAFORT: Maria fined for visiting her daughter there Photo credit: Qoan

MARIA, a 65-year-old who lives in Godella (Valencia,) recently received notification of a €601 fine.

The sanction was imposed on March 25 when she took food to her daughter, a doctor and the mother of children aged four and one, who lives in neighbouring Rocafort and works at the Arnau de Vilanova hospital.

“She had just come off duty so I decided to take them something to eat,” Maria told Levante newspaper.

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As she was about to leave the food, the Policia Local stopped her and asked what she was doing out in the street.

Her daughter saw what was going on left the house and tried to explain, but to no avail.  Maria must now pay €601 for a “serious offence” and flouting State of Alarm travel restrictions.

She intends to pay up promptly to be eligible for a 50 per cent reduction but is indignant at the “lack of understanding and common sense.”


Maria’s daughter has been to Rocafort’s Policia Local to complain: “But to top it all they told me I should be grateful they hadn’t fined my mother €1,500 instead,” she seethed.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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