Sport Today we have given you the news: the town halls are converting the radars into true collection machines. For this, the technique they use is already that of rotary cinemometers.
In case you haven’t read it this morning, we’ll give you the news again: There are municipalities that are already having so many problems to be able to manage the fines who put their speed cameras that new initiatives are beginning to emerge to outsource municipal collection given the impossibility of processing and managing all sanctions on time. It’s that forceful.
And it is that if Until now, the focus of interest and the desire to collect money has always been on the DGTfor a long time this current we must also begin to extend it to numerous town halls from all over Spain. Because yes, it is true that The DGT collects more than 507 million euros per year in traffic fines, of which 2 out of 3 correspond to penalties for speeding. But it is also true that the city councils are no longer far behind when checking how much money they represent for their municipal coffers.
Sport The municipalities exert more collection pressure even than the DGT
In fact, a recent study of DVuelta has denounced that The 10 largest provincial capitals in Spain actually collect more than 360 million euros in fines per yearthus actually exercising a collection pressure much higher than the DGT, having a population of 9 million inhabitants with a car park of 5.5 million, when from Traffic they point to a population of 47 million inhabitants and more than 35 million cars under surveillance. These cities are Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza, Malaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Bilbao.
Delving even deeper into this same analysis, the total results of fines show that, for example, Madrid collects in fines up to 101.2 euros on average for each vehicle per year, followed by Bilbao, with 69.4 euros; Barcelona, 68.9 euros, and Palma de Mallorca, 60.9 euros.
The problem of the importance of all this possible collection in the municipal coffers has even led the Civil Guard, through its Unified Association AUGC, to denounce that in Spain “the collection of the sanction is prioritizing, compared to the real function of the agents, which should prioritize prevention”. And, as we have advanced, this reality is no longer exclusive to the DGT… far from it.
Sport This is how rotary radars work in Spain
Many city councils, given the important way of collecting that is opening up around radars, and more since the new Traffic Law reduced the limits in many streets to 20 and 30 km/h, They have proceeded to purchase new devices, which in these cases are neither fixed, nor do they have warning signs, or are not even located in the same places regularly. They are what we could call rotating radars, which the municipal police hide by placing them in different locations to surprise drivers.
Las images of populations with this type of hidden rotary radar and hidden behind garbage cans, behind parked vehicles, in lampposts or behind bus shelters, to name just a few examples, are today very common and viral on social networkswhere platforms like SocialDrive are dedicated to giving them away.
Even there are already town halls that are warning the population about these practicesas has recently happened in the Madrid town of Boadilla del Monte. There, the town hall itself has reported in a statement that it already has three speed control radars for the town, which it installs on a rotating basis in different parts of the city to, supposedly, reduce the number of accidents given the growth experienced by the population and the new accesses it has.
In addition to announcing a possible usual location, such as on D. Luis, Miguel Ángel Cantero Oliba and Montepríncipe avenues, as well as on Manuel de Falla and Playa de Formentor streets, the council directly announces that “they can also be installed randomly in any area of the municipality”. You know, there are many towns and cities in Spain that have decided to play hide-and-seek… and they always have the chance to win. You’re going to have to catch it yourself.