GNR police have fined 55 motorhomers in the Algarve for parking up outside of the legally-designated areas, breaking new and stricter Highway Code rules on illegal camping which came into force on January 9.
Three incidents involving illegal motorhome parking were also detected in Odemira (Beja) and two in Moita (Setúbal), with the total infringements (60) representing €3,540-worth of fines.
Motorhomers found to be breaking the law included Portuguese nationals as well as citizens from Luxembourg, Germany, France, England, Poland, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, the GNR told Lusa news agency.
Awareness campaigns to inform motorhomers about the new rules have been bolstered as authorities vow to crackdown on illegal camping.
A list of the Algarve’s official camp and caravan sites can be found online at www.autocaravanalgarve.com