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May 29, 2014
Parking fines and Grua tow trucks in Spain

Some useful tips on parking in Spain.

It is a general rule that you may not park in Spain when the pavement curb is painted yellow or where a no parking sign is displayed. In major cities and now even the villages, non-metered on-street parking is difficult to find but in some areas, there are parking spaces marked in blue for which you should purchase a ticket from a nearby machine on the pavement usually topped with a blue and white “P” sign, or from an attendant. These spaces usually have a maximum stay of two hours. Penalties for #parking infringements differ from town to town and can be substanial. On the #CostadelSol and #CostaBlanca parking #fine for over staying in a blue bay is approximately 3 Euros.

If you park illegally, you will almost certainly become a victim of the ‘grua’ – the local tow truck, and if you suffer this, there should be a sticker left on the curb with the phone number/address of your car’s new location. Getting your car back is a hassle and could cost you dearly in fines and fees, especially if you do not speak Spanish.

Where possible, look for underground parking with a security attendant. It is worth paying the little extra. Collecting your car from the #grua is no fun. You have to go to the compound to pay the recovery fee. You then have to go to the police station and pay the fine. Then you return to the compound with your receipts and get your car back.

Remember any parking or speeding fines you collect, whether you are aware or not, will be charged back to your credit card by the #rental #car company, long after you have returned the car.

Public parking meter in Murcia Spain

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