The unlikely essential that is BANNED in popular Spain resort, Benidorm
Written by Cool Radio Spain on May 15, 2019
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Benidorm holidays: The unlikely essential that is BANNED in popular Spain resort
BENIDORM is a hugely popular destination for holidays among Britons thanks to its offerings of sun, sea and sand. Some travellers may be concerned about a key item recently banned in the Spanish resort – and it could impact the holidays of many.
Benidorm in Spain attracts hordes of British tourists of all ages every year. However, tourism could be set to be impacted as Benidorm authorities ban an item used by a number of Britons.
The Spanish resort has prohibited the use of mobility scooters on pavements. Benidorm locals have branded the vehicles a “menace.”
Electric scooters, hoverboards and Segways are also banned on pavements in Benidorm under the new ruling – approved in late March.
Anyone who rides the prohibited vehicles in pedestrianised areas will be fined €450 (£390), reported local ex-pat paper The Olive Press.
Elsewhere in the Spanish holiday destination, there will be a speed limit of 12mph.
What’s more, anyone riding a mobility scooter – away from pavements – will need insurance.
They will also have to wear helmets and have either a fluorescent vest or bell to alert the public to their presence.
However, the ban will not apply if the driver is over 55 or has a blue disabled badge.
A character in popular TV series Benidorm – Madge – is well known for riding her mobility scooter (Image: Getty Images)
The crackdown on mobility scooters isn’t just limited to Benidorm in Spain.
The tourist hotspots of Barcelona and Madrid have also banned the vehicle.
In a twist of irony, a character in popular TV series Benidorm – Madge played by Sheila Reid – is well known for riding her trademark blue mobility scooter.
The vehicle came to be known as ‘Madge Mobiles’ and are said to have lead to a boom in the scooter hire business in Benidorm.
Research from AlphaRooms.com revealed a whopping 23 per cent of bookings to Benidorm were sparked solely by the ITV show.
Benidorm: Elsewhere in the Spanish holiday destination, there will be a speed limit of 12mph (Image: Getty Images)
One in five Britons who were surveyed confessed the sole reason for venturing there was due to watching the TV show set in the seaside resort, which features hilarious actors Sherrie Hewson and Tim Healy.
Therefore they claim the reason for demand is purely down to the scripts.
The show told how Love Island, set in Mallorca, has a similar impact on tourism rates, as did rowdy party series Ibiza Weekender.
The news of its current popularity comes two months after tourism bosses blamed Brexit for a drop in UK tourists to Benidorm.
In February, the hoteliers’ association Hosbec today reported a 15 per cent drop in British tourists, citing concerns over a no deal Brexit – where the UK will leave the EU without a specific plan on how to go forward – as the main reason.
It noted the number of holiday packages sold to Britons in January amounted to 46,000 in 2019, compared to 54,000 just 12 months before.
Benidorm’s tourism leaders described the 16 per cent drop in bookings as “particularly worrying”, according to The Sun online.