Illegal trade in driving licence points 'anecdotal'

21st August 2006, Comments 0 comments

21 August 2006, MADRID — Authorities dismissed on Monday claims of an illegal trade in driving licence points on the Internet.

21 August 2006

MADRID — Authorities dismissed on Monday claims of an illegal trade in driving licence points on the Internet.

Reports at the weekend suggested many Spaniards were getting round the regulations of the new, points-based driving licence, by buying points from other people through Internet agencies.

The Spanish daily El Pais quoted various agencies who were taking part in the illegal trade.

It is said to work by one person paying another to claim that they were behind the wheel when a car was photographed breaking the law in a radar trap.

The cameras capture the driving licence, but not the identity of the driver.

Francisco Fernández, head of the Spanish Driving Authority, dismissed the claims as "purely anecdotal".

He said so far people had not had points deducted from their licences, but had simply been stopped and told what could happen to them.

The new licence was brought in at the start of July in an effort to cut the high death toll on the roads in Spain.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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