Between 2009 and 2018 when he semi-retired, Graham Shelton of Spanish Number Plates wrote a fortnightly column for the Costa News Group which covers most of the towns and cities of the Mediterranean coastline. Many of these are included in this section of posts having been updated in April 2020. Some cannot be included now because the rules and regulations are constantly changing.

Although this information is correct as of this date, if you are unsure about what has been said, especially if this contradicts other information that you have been given, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

The ones in the “archived files” section are old and out of date, but are shown for historical reasons.

Pick up and go!

It started with a casual enquiry to the boss of an ITV station that I occasionally use as he can be less fussy than the folks at my usual station. A client has a motorhome that was converted from a van and the UK registration document, V5, showed that it is classed as N1, which […]

Facts and myths

After living permanently is Spain for a few years and dealing with motoring issues for most of that time, I have heard many stories from fellow expats who have been convinced that this or the other “fact” is the absolute truth. Much of the information is from the know-all on the ‘urb or the very […]


Whilst cleaning the inside of may car this afternoon (incidentally, did you know that you cannot wash your car in Spain due to the scarcity of water? You have to use a car wash where the water is recycled). I noticed that my car is due for its ITV inspection in March, so those pretty […]

What about my road tax?

This is a very common question at this time of the year as whilst most customers remember that road tax is from January to December; many are not sure how to pay it this year. So what do you do? At this moment in time nothing. Whilst road tax is for the calendar year, it […]

That was the year that was

2010 came and went with the usual series of ups and downs. It’s been a tough year for most people needing to work what with job losses and many businesses going to the wall. The buzz word has been “crisis” in both English and Spanish, so I count my blessings “Scrappage” What happened on the […]

Emergency Lighting

A few years ago, my neighbour was having her 7 year old grandson over for a holiday. On his first morning, he asked his granny in a tremulous voice “What was that terrible noise that I heard in the night?” “Ah, that’s nothing to worry about son; it’s the Englishman in the apartment upstairs snoring” […]

Changes for the better

Well things are looking up. Re-registration or import of vehicles into Spain has always been challenging which is why specialists like me exist. If it were as easy as I understand it to be in the UK, I would have to find some other way to keep my other half in the way that she […]

Caravans and trailers-Good news!

Two steps forward and one step back! Well there’s a novelty when dealing with the Spanish bureaucracy A few weeks ago a new system came into being at the ITV stations. This affected those of us who take vehicles to the stations on behalf of customers in order to have the import standard ITV inspection […]


Looks like we are seeing the beginning of the end of the crisis, either that or the thought of a general election in the UK and what may follow is tempting a lot of our fellow Brits over here to Spain. Even my favourite weekly read, the Costa Blanca News was even sold out at […]

ITV and Insurance

In the UK, there is a clear relationship between renewing your road tax, insurance and MOT You can’t tax your car without showing that you have an MOT and insurance. What this means is that if your car shows a valid tax disc, the chances are that everything else is in order, or at least […]

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