Hertz - Allowed To Rent Car In Spain Without Proper License To Drive In
International - Complaint
MADRID, SPAIN -- BEWARE ALL AMERICAN DRIVERS IN SPAIN - We were two 50 year old people leaving Pamplona, Spain on a July Monday morning in a BMW rented from Hertz. We were stopped at the toll booth by police and breathlyzed. The driver passed but were told to pull over to side of road. We gave over the Hertz contract, the valid California driver's license, USA passport and the car registration. The police informed us were were not legally allowed to drive in Spain without an INTERNATIONAL LICENSE and Hertz should not have allowed us to rent a car. We were made to turn over 250 Euros in cash to continue our journey.
Once we gave them cash, we were allowed to leave but they intimidated us for 90 minutes and threatened to arrest us. When we returned to Hertz in Madrid they admitted that they rented cars to people without asking for an INTERNATIONAL LICENSE since they assume we know they are needed. The Hertz representative on the phone in the USA never asked us for any International License either. When we were pulled over, the police told us they did the same thing to a couple from Michigan just before they pulled us over. HERTZ and the Spanish police are out for American tourist dollars. BEWARE