Recently, the Guardia Civil, traffic police have acquired hundreds of unmarked cars to patrol the roads in search of people speeding or driving dangerously.
For example, they are using SUVs, Stelvio belonging to Alfa Romeobut there are older makes and models, such as the Seat Exeowhich is no longer on sale. It’s precisely these old cars that draw less attention – sneaky, eh?
Up in Cataluña they use Citroën C4 SpaceTourer fitted with speed radar but whatever the make and where ever in Spain it is, these patrol cars operate where there are black spots; i.e., sections of road with a high percentage of accidents.
But it is no only cars, but also motorbikes. Yes, a Guardia Civil rider kitted out in his normal uniform would be easy to spot on a standard bike trying to pass inadverted, but the riders don’t wear uniform and only put on a Guardia Civil reflective jacket when they get off the bike and come towards you with a fines pad.
The 30 bikes used by the DGT are Honda ST 1300 Pan European and BMW R 1150 RT. The latter are used by the Guardia Civil as normal patrol bikes with all the markings and gear, too.