By Cathy Elelman • 26 November 2019 • 14:00
A MADRID court has let off a driver from paying a €300 fine and losing two points from his licence for speeding due to a failure to regularly service the speed camera which caught him out.
A General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) Pegasus helicopter speed camera clocked the diver doing 138km/h on a section of the M-607 on which the maximum speed limit is 100km/h in the summer of 2018.
But the court annulled the penalty and ordered the DGT to pay the legal costs of up to €200 after finding there was a lack of certification that the helicopter speed camera had undergone the obligatory periodic checks which demonstrated that the images capture had not been altered or caught mistakenly.
The ruling points out that speed cameras and their boxes in which they are located should be serviced every six years or their use is banned.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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