Guardia Civil Bike Swarm

Over 70 Guardia Civil bikers did a quick tour of Granada, passing through, amongst other municipalities, Almuñécar and Guadix - a tad disconcerting to behold.

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These 73 visitors belong to the Escuela de Mérida and after crossing over from Jaén they headed down to Guadix had breakfast in a bar after parking in an area provided by the Town Hall.

From there and after a bit of formation riding through Guadix, they headed off down to the municipality of Almuñécar to scare the crap out of everybody, bless their cotton socks.

These Guardia Civil riders are  pupils belonging to the CLXVII intake for motorcycle police at the Escuela de Tráfico de la Guardia Civil in Mérida. Accompanied by their instructors and the colonel in charge of the school, as well as support vehicles, these ‘learners’ are on their last practical classes before qualifying. When we say support vehicles, we mean a large, mobile workshop, a bus, an ambulance and the boss’s car.

The only time you will see this many GC motorcycle police gathered in a single operation is for the tour of Spain, cycle race, (Vuelta Ciclista a España).

After lunching in La Herradura, they headed off in Málaga direction to complete the 3-day training exercise passing through Málaga province and then Sevilla before heading back to Mérida (Badajoz, Extremadura) some 1,216 kilometres in total.

Editorial comment: rumours that they also receive extra training to be mean are unfounded but only a lunatic would point out to them in person that they’ve parked on a zebra crossing in Almuñécar.

(News: Almunecar/Herradura, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – Photo: Dave Toms)

  4 comments for “Guardia Civil Bike Swarm

  1. April 29, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    John: You don’t seem to have grasped something: they’re traffic police; their job is to travel the roads in order to police them. Their job is, “essentially,” travelling the roads. They are not subjected to travel restrictions – full stop.

    The last time that you and I had a “chat”, I gave you the last word – guess it’s my turn.

  2. John O'Connor
    April 29, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    They had left Merida on the 29th and already stopped for lunch in Almunecar all by 10:52am on Thursday 29th when I made my comment? I presume not so the photo must have been taken on or before the 28th.

    So non essential inter provincial travel was not permitted within Andalucia this photo was taken. Additionally non essential travel into Andalucia is still not permitted on the 29th. Of course the GC can say it was essential travel…they are the law after all.

    Whatever way you look at this the GC are not setting a good example to the general public.

  3. April 29, 2021 at 10:52 am

    John: starting today, everybody can travel between the provinces of Andalucía and you don’t need a valid reason.

    Even if they set off before Wednesday (let’s say Tuesday) from Mérida, the police, if their duty requires it, can cross whatever borders they need to – these trainee GC bikers were on a training exercise. Which ever way you look at it, they were not breaking any movement restrictions here in Andalucía.

    However, parking on zebra crossings is far from setting a good example to road users, I think we can agree.

  4. John O'Connor
    April 29, 2021 at 10:25 am

    In addition to zebra crossing laws it would also seem they are above the law forbidding non essential travel between regions nationally and provinces in Andalucia.

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