! Murcia Today – How to spot undercover traffic police in Spain

Publication date: 06/09/2022

Unmarked police vans patrol the roads of Spain since 2018

The Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) has set itself the task of reducing the number of accidents in Spain, and for good reason: this summer, between the months of July and August, 225 people lost their lives on Spanish roads. This represents an increase of 10 deaths from 2019 before the pandemic and a jump of 31 deaths from last year.

“This is not good data. In terms of road accidents, they never are. We will pursue the agenda set out in the Road Safety Strategy 2030, which includes measures that should allow us to reduce traffic accidents and their dramatic consequences,” the Interior Minister announced this week.

One of the most effective tools available to traffic cops is camouflaged vans, which are designed to drive on roads like other vehicles and are particularly good at spotting cell phone use and privacy violations. seatbelt. Because DGT vans are taller than normal patrol cars, they provide a better view of the vehicles they are targeting.

How to Spot Vehicles Under DGT Coverage

Camouflaged vans are actually quite easy to spot. Most are distinctive white Ford Transits, but Spanish authorities also use blue and gray vans. They’re nameless in the sense that they don’t have a “DGT” stamp on the side, but the license plates are the real giveaway.

Undercover Traffic Police registration plates are white with black writing and always begin with the letters “PCG” followed by four numbers and another sequence of letters.

For example, plates with the letters “CNP” identify vans as belonging to the national police, while “ET” means vehicles are driven by the army.

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