The DGT Camouflaged Vans Have A New Mission

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The DGT Camouflaged Vans Have A New Mission
The DGT Camouflaged Vans Have A New Mission. image: dgt

THE DGT’s Fifteen Camouflaged Vans Have Been Given A New Mission

The camouflaged vans used by the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) have been traveling around Spain for some time now in search of drivers who commit infractions, and the officers manning the vans are under strict instructions to watch out for drivers using mobile phones while driving.

Pere Navarro, the director-general of the DGT has declared war on drivers and confirmed that a total of 15 camouflaged vans will patrol the roads of Spain, with the sole purpose of ensuring that drivers do not use their cell phones, and be aware that if the officers catch you even just holding your smartphone – not using it – you could be fined €200, and the deduction of six points from your driving licence.

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Originally, drivers were only fined if they were caught using their mobile, but now, Mr Navarro has decided to tighten the criteria, and just holding it can be a reason for a fine, and his squadron of camouflaged vans is dedicated to this.

Why has the DGT bought undercover vans, and not cars, it was asked, to which, Lieutenant Martos, from the Traffic Group of the Guardia Civil, told El Español publication, “We, with the height of these vehicles, can better detect infractions and distractions that drivers may commit behind the wheel. Something that, with normal vehicles, we would not see”.

The Benemérita officer also answered forthrightly when asked why the vans are camouflaged, saying, “The function of the camouflaged vans is to detect infractions that otherwise would be much more difficult to see, because if a driver sees a Guardia Civil patrol vehicle, or any other police vehicle, approaching, they will stop doing the punishable behaviors”.


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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sang and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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