Owners of commercial vehicles face fines or the impounding of their vans by police if they do not carry an up-to-date Guia de Remessa, an official inventory list of all items being transported.
A spokesman from an Algarve business, who wished not to be named, told the Algarve Resident: “One of our drivers had a Guia de Remessa, but after working at a couple of clients’ homes, he was stopped by the GNR for a routine check.
“This led to the police counting the number of screws in a box to be able to show that it was less than the original amount stated on the inventory list, so the vehicle was impounded and the company ordered to pay a 500 euro fine.”
The spokesman added: “The number of fines has dropped in Portugal this year, which I think has led the GNR to now just collecting money instead of combating serious crime.”
At the time the Algarve Resident went to press on Wednesday, no one form the GNR was available for comment.
Meanwhile, across Portugal, the BT, the GNR branch of traffic police, is petitioning against law changes that mean that there are less police on the roads and fewer fines than last year.
According to statistics released by the BT, the number of fines on the roads has reduced from 357,088 in 2008 to 73,075 between in the first six months of 2009.
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