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6 hours ago, E39mad said:

Yes you need all of the following plus the vignette mentioned above if going to the big cities:

 

First Aid Kit

Warning Triangle

Spare Bulb Kit

Spare glasses (if wear them)

GB sticker/plate on rear 

High vis vest for each passenger in the car (not the boot)

Driving licence/original insurance and V5 docs

Two breathalyser kits 

Beam deflectors (If necessary)

 

Is there then any room left for useful things like luggage and you know, people after you have loaded your car with all that stuff?

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I thought that TomTom had reached an agreement with the French authorities they they can show the speed cameras as "safety zones" which would warn within a 500meter area and not exactly where the camera is. I am sure that was agreed or something very similar to it?

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2 hours ago, shauney said:

@Matthew Ashton as I understand the law it is still a legal requirement to carry one but there is no fine can be levied if you are found not to have one?

 

The law is still in the statute books but it has been suspended indefinitely. No police person is going to ask to see it. They also go out of date within 2 years and they affected by warm temperatures - like those found in our cars! So it was just a money making exercise that back fired.

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4 hours ago, nashdm2 said:

I thought that TomTom had reached an agreement with the French authorities they they can show the speed cameras as "safety zones" which would warn within a 500meter area and not exactly where the camera is. I am sure that was agreed or something very similar to it?

 

My Garmin has a similar feature stating it is a danger area or something similar - I got flashed a few times in 2015 but there was no reciprocal agreement between France and the UK then to enforce the fines hence why the French rozzers charge cash on the spot fines - things may have changed since

 

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4 hours ago, 535i Andrew said:

 

Is there then any room left for useful things like luggage and you know, people after you have loaded your car with all that stuff?

 

Well ...err.... yeees....lol. 

 

If you look carefully your car should have a First Aid kit and warning triangle anyway - took mine out of the F11 to go in the E36 for the Le Mans Classic early next month

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10 minutes ago, E39mad said:

 

 

If you look carefully your car should have a First Aid kit and warning triangle anyway - took mine out of the F11 to go in the E36 for the Le Mans Classic early next month

Show off....

;) 

just a thought, what if you have no cash on you?  What would happen then? 

When I went to Paris last year (the second time) I had about 35€ in my pocket and that was it! I was collecting cash when I got to my destination but up until that point I was basically skint! 

Ok I had a card on me to pay for the tolls and that but it hat had less than £200 on it (I think?) 

so what would happen then? Arrested? 

 

 

Btw, Mr Mad you do actually do some quite interesting things! I might need to become your scally mate! 

Promiss I won’t show you up to all your prim an proper mates too much...

:lol: :lol: :lol:;) 

Edited by Yokozuna

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1 minute ago, E39mad said:

They escort you to the nearest cash point!!

No card or card with not enough cash on it...

what then? 

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Just now, Yokozuna said:

No card or card with not enough cash on it...

what then? 

 

Dunno fella - give it a go and tell us....:lol:

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Just now, E39mad said:

 

Dunno fella - give it a go and tell us....:lol:

Ha ha, well I did try..... ;) 

 

anyway, what do you reckon to me becoming you’re bestest drunk scally mate that tags along  with you on your boating trips around the world and the driving trips to interesting places? I know the others (your middle class friends) will talk about me behind my back, but do you know what Mr Mad? I don’t give a fuck.....

:lol: :lol: :lol: 

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2 minutes ago, Yokozuna said:

Ha ha, well I did try..... ;) 

 

anyway, what do you reckon to me becoming you’re bestest drunk scally mate that tags along  with you on your boating trips around the world and the driving trips to interesting places? I know the others (your middle class friends) will talk about me behind my back, but do you know what Mr Mad? I don’t give a fuck.....

:lol: :lol: :lol: 

 

You'd fit in well with my drunk Welsh neighbour...lol. You might have to drink proper ale though!!!!

 

The boys sailing trip is fully booked up for Sept in Croatia. The Le Mans trip is two up only as use the wind deflector and picking up my best man; both us turned 50 this year!! Adventure before dementia my friend ;-)

 

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3 minutes ago, E39mad said:

 

You'd fit in well with my drunk Welsh neighbour...lol. You might have to drink proper ale though!!!!

 

The boys sailing trip is fully booked up for Sept in Croatia. The Le Mans trip is two up only as use the wind deflector and picking up my best man; both us turned 50 this year!! Adventure before dementia my friend ;-)

 

All you had to say was no! 

I’m a big boy I can take it....

:lol: :lol: :cry: you cnut....

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28 minutes ago, Yokozuna said:

Btw, Mr Mad you do actually do some quite interesting things! I might need to become your scally mate! 

Promiss I won’t show you up to all your prim an proper mates too much...

Please don't let this happen. The Chester set will shun you immediately. :lol::lol:

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3 minutes ago, SuperDave said:

Please don't let this happen. The Chester set will shun you immediately. :lol::lol:

 

Well he's definitely on board then ;-) :lol::lol:

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3 minutes ago, SuperDave said:

Please don't let this happen. The Chester set will shun you immediately. :lol::lol:

I know! 

All I can think off is the hangover, I'll be the Alan an everyone else will be the dentist bloke.... :lol: :lol: :lol: 

I think it would be one of the funniest things to ever happen! By the time I’ve pissed every one off (about 5 min into meeting them :lol: ) I’d get them to all be my bestest mate then I’d rip their middle class life to bits, they would be in a council house claiming bennifits within 6 months....

an I’d be burning tyres in their former Cheshire mansions :lol: :lol: :lol: 

 

So Mr Mad what time you picked by me up? ;) 

:lol: :lol: :lol: 

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I live in France and was breathalysed last week driving  through a small town in the north. I'd had two glasses of wine with dinner and was OK. Further down the road another Gendarme was on guard with a sub machine gun just in case someone did not stop, or they throw spikes across the road.

 

Keep to the speed limits especially through villages and towns. 

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We drive in France reasonably regularly. I've made it my policy to go belt and braces on kit so I carry breathalysers though I think not strictly needed and got an emissions certificate at £4 as well as the hi-viz, bulbs etc

 

Cruise on at 130kph on the sat nav. 

 

Figure my french is ni way good enough to talk my way out of bother so having everything seems cheap insurance. 

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Just did 800 miles through France, and as ever it was such a pleasant place to drive - light traffic, very few dickheads and easy progress.

 

The old British mentality of using French motorways as top speed proving grounds will get you short shrift with the local Gendarmes. Stick the cruise on at 80mph and enjoy what is usually billiard-smooth tarmac.

 

Oh, and grab yourself a Sanef toll tag. Had one for the first time this year, and it was so much easier!

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11 hours ago, dan101smith said:

 

Oh, and grab yourself a Sanef toll tag. Had one for the first time this year, and it was so much easier!

 

+1 - had one for 3 years - in Calais this evening (secure car park!) for an early start to Bordeaux tomorrow morning 

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