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Old October 30th, 2016, 10:45 PM   #6581
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It appears they did realign N-VI onto present day A-6. Previously, N-VI used what is now M-500. N-I (it was then N-I) through Alcobendas and San Sebastian de los Reyes is now an urban street, as they were bypassed again by a true motorway.
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Old November 1st, 2016, 04:26 PM   #6582
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Driving through Andalucía (Spain) from Sevilla to Córdoba 29.10.2016 Timelapse x4
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Old November 1st, 2016, 05:55 PM   #6583
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I have a rather bureaucratic question: do autopista concessionaires have autonomy to issue their own fines for things like speed, weight or toll payment violations?

Are high-velocity embedded weight checks in use in Spain?

How big or small is the traffic of African-plated trucks around Tarifa or Cadiz?
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Old November 1st, 2016, 11:12 PM   #6584
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I have a rather bureaucratic question: do autopista concessionaires have autonomy to issue their own fines for things like speed, weight or toll payment violations?
Strongly no, even in state or regional ones.
Depending of the exact point of violation (speed, payment, etc...) and doesn't matter if a regional or statal motorway, it will be one or another police who will care.

Ambulances have toll free if emergency but sometimes motorways have searched (by plate) if it was a real emergency. Once they found it wasn't and they faced the company


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No high-velocity but weight controls....
there are some points where there are calibrated scales. Before them, a scale embedded under motorway will consider if truck is overloaded or not. Should it may be, he will have traffic lights to go to a calibrated scale where police will check exact weight (and all right or truck blocked and fined)


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How big or small is the traffic of African-plated trucks around Tarifa or Cadiz?
Main harbour for cars is Algeciras. Tarifa and Cadiz have barely traffic with Morocco.

But for freight... I would export via ship to any port in Europe from Tanger Med harbour.
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Old November 2nd, 2016, 12:28 AM   #6585
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I have a rather bureaucratic question: do autopista concessionaires have autonomy to issue their own fines for things like speed, weight or toll payment violations?
No. For toll payment issues, they must contact the traffic enforcement authority and provide evidence (CCTV footage).

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How big or small is the traffic of African-plated trucks around Tarifa or Cadiz?
There are almost no Moroccan-registered trucks in Spanish roads.
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Old November 2nd, 2016, 09:13 PM   #6586
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Southwestern bypass of Valls, Catalonia, has opened today. It's an 800 meters road connecting C-37 with N-240, allowing a better connection with motorway A-27 from the eastern part of the town and its industrial areas.

The map is wrong, it should say Valls instead of Reus.

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Old November 2nd, 2016, 10:05 PM   #6587
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There are almost no Moroccan-registered trucks in Spanish roads.
I noticed that too. Last year I made a complete circle of Spain (roughly A-7/AP-7 to Algeciras and A-66 / A-8 back) but I think I saw only one or two Moroccan trucks.

There are generally very few foreign license plates south of Valencia (I can't speak for the Benidorm area though). Only around Málaga-Marbella I saw some British license plates. Even Portuguese cars were rare on A-66.
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A-2 Cervera - Tàrrega

Some photos of A-2 from Cervera to Tàrrega in Lleida province.



1. There is a short section with 3 lanes going west from the C-25 interchange.

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4. The 3 lanes narrow to 2 lanes.

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5. Tàrrega is a small city with a population of 16,500. It's much more urban than towns of similar size in Northwestern Europe though. The city center is more dense than my city of 120,000 people.

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Old November 2nd, 2016, 10:14 PM   #6589
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Even Portuguese cars were rare on A-66.
That has too do with A-66 being almost entirely parallel to the Portuguese border. Portuguese cars and trucks are very common on motorways leading to Portugal, in particular on A-62.
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Old November 2nd, 2016, 10:42 PM   #6590
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Sometimes I've seen Moroccan buses towing a trailer (for the luggage), but trucks are indeed rare.

What puzzles me is that even Turkish trucks are more common than Moroccan ones, at least in La Rioja. Most of them seem to belong to just two transport companies (both named Ek--).
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Old November 3rd, 2016, 10:54 PM   #6591
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Íñigo de la Serna, mayor of Santander and civil engineer, has been appointed as the new minister of Fomento. Source: http://www.elmundo.es/espana/2016/11...d6e8b4745.html
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Old November 3rd, 2016, 11:28 PM   #6592
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It looks like he has some background that comes in handy being minister of Fomento:

Ocupación: Ingeniero de caminos, canales y puertos
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Old November 4th, 2016, 12:29 AM   #6593
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It looks like he has some background that comes in handy being minister of Fomento:

Ocupación: Ingeniero de caminos, canales y puertos
Nowadays it is a messy-blessy name of university grade titles but some years ago you could be:
- Licenciado (five years except Medicine, six)
- Arquitecto or Ingeniero (six years)

- Graduado (three years)
- Arquitecto técnico or Ingeniero técnico (three years)

these last ones are dissapeared and I think only existed in Spain

In case or engineer (Ingeniero) there were ten or eleven "titles". The most common (I studied that) was "Ingeniero industrial" where most of sides of engineering took place but mining engineer (two schools in all Spain), shipping engineer (only at Barcelona), aeronautical engineer (only in Madrid), forest engineer (only in Madrid and somewhere in Andalusia), telecommunications, computering and so on... where in the list of possible titles.

The full "official name" was "ingeniero de caminos, canales y puertos" that should be translated as "civil engineer".

It was usual to have similar names for three years careers (ingeniero tecnico) but not in this case. Pupils with a three years career where "ingeniero tecnico en obras publicas".



By the way, I remember the ministery as "minsiterio de obras publicas y transportes" (MOPT) and later "ministerio de obras públicas, transportes y medioambiente) MOPTMA.

It was in 1996 when Aznar decided to take former name of "ministerio de Fomento" used a long time ago.
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Old November 4th, 2016, 03:21 AM   #6594
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There are generally very few foreign license plates south of Valencia (I can't speak for the Benidorm area though).
Car hire is really really cheap in Spain.
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It doesn't look especially cheap to me when compared to neighboring European countries.
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C-25 Eix Transversal: Girona - Vic

I filmed most of C-25 on my trip in August. Here is the first video from Girona to Vic, quite a scenic stretch of autovía. I'd like to compare it to French A75, though it lacks a Viaduc de Millau-like structure.

It's a blast to drive, good road quality, nice curves and light traffic.

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Old November 5th, 2016, 05:04 PM   #6597
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N-230

Some photos of N-230 at the Aragón/Catalunya border, just south of the Vielha Tunnel.


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Old November 5th, 2016, 05:38 PM   #6598
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It doesn't look especially cheap to me when compared to neighboring European countries.
I have to agree with sponge_bob here. I haven't rented a car in all European countries (not even close), but from those I have Spain was not only the cheapest but also the least complicated (good quality, large choice, no sudden fees etc).

As for Moroccan number plates I drove Sevilla-Cadiz-Gibraltar two years ago and I don't remember seeing any. Closer to Gibraltar some number plates from there, but otherwise >95% Spanish.

A related question, is it easy and convenient to take your own car from Spain to Morocco? In fact is that even a country people from Spain go to for a vacation with any regularity (excluding those with Moroccan roots)?
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It's kind of popular, but definitely not as neighboring European countries. I'd say even the Caribbean attracts more Spanish tourists than Morocco.

In any event, the touristic part of Morocco is far away from Spain, many people tend to visit Marrakech or Fez, which are not close to the Gibraltar strait, so airplane is undoubtedly the preferred means of transport.
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Some photos of N-230 at the Aragón/Catalunya border, just south of the Vielha Tunnel.
This and N-II are the only two national roads I still have to clinch in my province. I may take down the latter later this month...
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