The new year didn’t just bring in a toughening of the anti-smoking law, Spain's new Penal Code came into force as well, meaning tougher penalties and many more recognised crimes.
Motorists should beware as from now as your car could be impounded on a permanent basis if you are caught on a motorway speeding over 200 kilometres an hour and if caught driving at more than 120 kilometres an hour in an urban area. Your vehicle will also be taken away forever should you be found with more than 1.2 grams of alcohol per litre of blood, or if you refuse to participate in alcohol or drug tests. The new legislation states that breaking the town centre speed limit of 60 kilometres an hour, or the out of town limit of 80 kilometres an hour, could mean a prison sentence.
So there is not much point in me buying an Aston Martin DB9 then!