Is it true that 7 million of traffic fines will end up in the trash?

Is one of the jaleos of the day. Motorists Associated European alert of irregularities that affect all the fines communicated by edicts in the last year, by the DGT, by the Basque Government, by the Servei Catala de Transit and 1.152 municipalities. Irregularities that, according to this association, make that the sanction is invalid, unenforceable and has no legal value whatsoever. The problem in question is in the TESTRA, in Tablón Edictal of Traffic Sanctions, the computer system in which drivers can check traffic fines since it was first introduced at the end of the year 2010. It is likely that today you were able to read the following headline, “7 million traffic tickets in the trash“, the same with the introduction of its denunciation of the case Motorists Associated European (AEA). But, is that true?

The problem is no other than the publication of the sanctions in the TESTRA without showing the date on which the edict was issued. We talk about a very important data, because it will depend on subsequent legal deadlines that we must embrace if we opt for the discount for early payment, or issuing a resource.

This is the version of AEA, since the General Directorate of Traffic has already been advance (via Europa Press) and has declared that the edicts of the TESTRA yes, the date appears in the published the advertisement (both in the header of each page of the edict, as in the lower part of the PDF which you can download).


  • on the other hand, we take into account that the majority of those 7 million of fines notified via TESTRA have been reported using other channels, such as the notification via postal mail at the address of the offender, or the person to whose name it is registered to the vehicle.

    there are Still more. The DGT ensures that the TESTRA is only an information service and that the official means, which can also be found on the internet, it is the Board Edictal Unique BOE, in which is detailed the date of the publication of the edict. No novelty. An association of motorists found a defect that may be amenable to the cancellation of fines, and Traffic is a justification that prevents that default can override any penalty.

    Before alleged by the DGT, much we fear that the opposition to oppose the payment of the fines proposed AEA is not going to thrive. In any case, no, we mustn’t forget that the DGT should ensure rigor in the communication of the sanctions, because it depends on the respect for the innocence and the rights of drivers.

    Related: See the web page of the TESTRA
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