Foreign tourists to Spain who commit motoring offences then leave the country will find it harder to escape fines in future, following the signing of a deal between the Spanish Association of Municipalities and Provinces and Italian company Nivi Credit.
Nivi already traces motorists who have committed parking or other offences in Italian and Dutch municipalities and issues notification of fines.
The Spanish contract, which becomes operational on 1 November, will allow 8000 Spanish municipal and provincial administrations to gather outstanding fines, said Ana Sanchez Garcia, Nivi Credit’s commercial director for Spain.
And offenders will find it increasingly difficult to evade fines throughout Europe, said Nivi Credit sole director Luigi Nicosia, as further contracts are being negotiated with several other countries, including Switzerland.
“Over the past five years, Nivi has saved €70 million for Italian municipalities,” he said.
The company is looking even further afield: it is in discussions with the US and Mexico on a possible agreement to track down offenders on both sides of the Rio Grande.