Allow me to pass on a friendly word of warning for use on your highspeed continental cruises. In Spain the ‘Policia Guardia Civil’ (Spanish Paramilitary Police Force), now use mobile radar units. These are standard unmarked family cars with radar guns and cameras fitted. These vehicles normally work in conjunction with marked units located further up the road. They operate on all roads including privately owned toll motorways. The two methods used are for the radar unit to be parked on the hard shoulder (common), busy snapping all who pass or the second is for the radar unit to be mobile with the marked unit travelling up ahead. My advice is, treat all cars parked on the hard shoulder as suspicious, i.e. if your not sure slow down. Secondly, if possible on overtaking cars, take a look at the dashboard, if you see equipment there then slow down.
In my neck of the woods there are to such units a white Ford Mondeo and a Silver Renault Laguna.
The fines are steep and are expected to be paid on the spot!!, and should you wish to go to court your vehicle is immediately impounded until the outcome of the trial, (which will take forever).
According to new legislation for 02 speeds of over 200km may even carry a prison term and fines are expected to rise.
I met a couple of bikers on the way to the Valencia GP back in September who warned me of one of these mobile units which had just left the petrol station, but sadly, not before fining the two bikers for 50,000 pesetas each!!! (£200). I’m told that it is a fine of 10,000pts (£40) for speeding and a further 1000pts (£4) per km over the limit!!
I’ve also read (Performance Bike December issue ‘letters’) that the French also have and use the same equipment.
Remember the sun can come at a price