MADRID

STAFF REPORTER
DRIVING without a licence became an offence punishable by a prison sentence in Spain yesterday.
From now on, anyone caught driving without passing the test or that have had their licence suspended or removed will be liable to three to six months in prison, a fine or community service of between 31 and 90 days.

Previously, driving without a licence was regarded as administrative infraction.
Drivers in Spain have five months to regularise their situation since new road traffic legislation came into effect last December. It's still not known how many people have used the moratorium to pass their test though the National Confederation of Driving Schools (CNAE) is trying to establish a figure by polling its provincial associations. These drivers, according to the President of CNA, José Miguel Báez, are normally those that operate in areas that have few police controls.