May 2, 2013 from Mexconnect:
“For the first time ever, we (I was driving) were pulled over by of all things a Federale and asked to justify our expired TIP. It was outside of Customs near the Puerto Vallarta airport at about 7:30 pm(Monday, Feb. 24th)
First he asked me if I spoke Spanish, and I said yes. He then asked for my driver´s licence which is Canadian. He then asked me if I had a Mexican driver´s license. I said “no” and he winced. I then told him I didn´t need one since mine was current. (According to Article 38 of the Jalisco traffic laws, all you need is a current driver´s licence from anywhere).
He then asked us about the expired TIP (car permit) sticker on our window. I then pulled out my never-before-needed copy of the Ley Aduanera, which, includes Article 106, explaining we can legally use our cars. He then said a remarkable thing (I´m paraphrasing and also, obviously, translating).
“This is Aduana´s law. I´m Federale. Aduana´s law has nothing to do with us.
We are told to take anyone to Aduana with an expired TIP and then they will give a very large multa”
I then said very politely, something like “No. Bajo protesta de decir verdad, este vehiculo es legal. Es muy probable que este ley vaya a cambiar, pero ya no ha cambiado, (Basically, “I swear, this vehicle is legal. It´s very probable this law is going to change, but now, it hasn´t changed).
He then said something to the effect that he didn´t want to impound the vehicle this particular evening and I could go. I then said “Que le vaya bien” and he said “Igualmente”
What I´m doing is printing out a new copy of the law where right there on the first page, it says a big red “Vigente” and that the last revision was April 2012. Here´s the link.
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Looks like there are Federales who are being tasked with finding gringos with Residente Permanentes who are driving foreign plated TIP cars, and these police are not feeling very charitable.
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