When Spaniards first get their licence and every time that it is renewed they have a sort of medical that checks general health, eyesight, hearing, reactions and what not. It is not difficult and I know what it involves because, when I was still driving on my UK licence, I wasn't sure whether I needed to do the medical or not so, again, I chose the safest option and did one.
When I exchanged my licence I was not asked for a medical certificate so I presumed that the Spanish authorities took it on trust that I was medically fit because I had a UK licence. I thought I wouldn't have to take the medical until my Spanish licence became due for renewal in 2022. However the medical certificate I had expired last week and it made me wonder whether I was driving legally or not. So I asked on one of the many forums that exist for expats. I have had several replies with every shade of opinion.
If the Brits aren't sure I thought I should ask some Spanish friends and students. I've come up against an obstacle though. For the Spanish it is obvious that to get a licence you also need to present the medical certificate. They can't understand how we Britons can drive without periodically proving that we are still fit to do so. When I point out that the fact that I have a licence must mean that I am considered medically sound to drive they have no answer.
It's not the first time that I have bumped into this credibility gap. I don't approve of the Spanish insistence on my proving my identity to every Tom, Dick and Harry but Spaniards are so used to carrying an ID card that they simply don't understand my problem.