Driving from the alps- what do I need to know/do /have
I am driving over from the alps to near Norwich on Sunday with the Thingies. What do I need to have with me/know/ do?
How does the Dartford crossing work now after getting a surprise fine in a hire car for not paying when I last drove in the UK?
Bringing our French registered T6.I plan to just blind you all when I drive at night. Can I speed and get away with it? I have a french licence.
Do I and Thingy 1 ( both British passports) and Thingy 2 (French passport) need visas or ‘owt?
*slightly tongue in cheek, but it has been a fair few years since I drove over so some sense could be useful….Posted 7 months ago
Do you have to still pay in advance for the dart charge then? You know, in France we have this amazing system….
Anyway…what’s the likeliehood of them chasing me with french plates? Surely they must be swamped with non UK residents who don’t understnad it and find it crazy.Posted 7 months ago
I did appreiate this whole thread was humorous and hopefully my replies have been in similar vein.
Looks like you are free to carry on speeding on French plates though
However, a quirk of the European law will create a “one-way” system in which Europeans caught speeding in the UK cannot be pursued by British police.nickjbSubscriber
You’ll be able to get Gauloises near Dover but the further you get into England the harder it is. Once you get far from London this sort of thing will happen: https://m.thevintagenews.com/2017/01/13/the-monkey-who-was-convicted-of-being-a-french-spy-and-was-hanged-by-the-citizens-of-hartlepool/Posted 7 months ago
Sacre coq. Wish I was venturing upto what I consider to be my UK home, Sheffield. But only going as far as North Norfolk where I lived until I left for Uni to let the Thingies spend some time with their grandparents.
I might accidentally put my road bike in the back, after all the grand-children and grand parents need to bond by themselves a bit.
Also, it would seem convenient now I have suitable transport to bring my 250 MZ over to France finally! Promised male thingy we would have a look through my old fishing kit as well to see if there is anything suitable for us back home.
Looking forward to: real beer, fish and chips, bewilderwood, pootling along the back lanes of my childhood……Posted 7 months agopyranhaSubscriber
Apparently, it used to be considered illegal to drive a foreign registered car here, on a British licence (actually if resident), but I believe that might have been ‘clarified’. Worth checking if you’re in that position as there’s no way I would trust a police officer to know the law, and arguing without evidence might be futile.Posted 7 months agotimberMember
Permission to drive like an utter knobber, most Brits are too awkward to speak to someone, let alone someone that might speak a foreign language. Used to have a guy working for me who brought a van back from Germany, no tax, no MoT, no insurance, fast as he liked, double yellows, bits falling off. Never stopped or questioned.
Only the Dutch seem to drive slow around here, think that is because everyone knows they speak better English than those born here.
Using your French credentials, you can probably fill the van with baccy and claim personal use for the 3 of you.Posted 7 months agoalpinMember
Dart Crossing. OP well they don’t chase French registered cars for the congestion charge
They do for the Dart Charge…. and the Low Emission Zone in London.
A few years back we drove over the bridge twice on our way to Essex and back. A letter came through, in German (although it seemed as though some grade D GCSE student had written it), a few months later wanting 220€ for the two crossings. I was right peeved.
Turned it over and in tiny print on the back of said “seeing as this is your first crossing we will accept 4€ for each crossing”.
Not sure what would have happened had we ignored the letter, but for 8€ I was happy to be rid of the stress.
Similar happened with the LEZ. Drove directly into London to visit my mum in hospital. Checked online that our van wasn’t eligible (built after 2006, Euro 4), paid the congestion charge.
Again a month later we receive a letter (I assume written by the same 16 yr old GCSE grade D student) saying that we had to register the van with the LEZ people to prove it wasn’t eligible for a fine.
Spoke to the a helpful fella at TFL and he said that we essentially had 28 days grace and could ignore the letter if we weren’t going to be driving the van into London again.
The LEZ is basically anything inside of the M25… 🙄Posted 7 months ago
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