If you think you can escape parking fines picked up on the Continent, you should probably think again, says Angela Epstein The memories of our trip to Lake Garda last summer still linger. A rare occasion when all four of our children – aged 22, 19, 16 and 11 – were willing and able to join their parents on holiday in a spirit of family unity. It wasn’t cheap: there was the larger-than-average villa and the hiring of a monster Mercedes eight-seater to truck us around. But hey, it was worth it, for those sun-bruised days together. And we’ve long since swallowed the expense. Or, rather, we thought we had, until another reminder of our unforgettable trip flipped on to the doormat. Not a “come back soon” message from the Italian tourist board, but a notice of payment from the Corpo Di Polizia Locale declaring I had contravened the Italian highway code. The alleged offence? Parking on a pedestrian crossing in the lakeside resort of Desenzano del Garda, and … [Read more...] about Driving abroad: can you ignore a holiday parking ticket?
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BRITISH drivers could be slapped with fines of more than £5,000 if they drive through Europe with speed camera cheat devices fitted to their car. Gadgets which are able to detect the location of speed radars are legal in the UK, but they can get drivers into hot water if they go abroad - and that includes some sat navs. And while simple detection devices could land you a fine of a few hundred pounds, those that are able to block a radar from reading your speed could cost you thousands. Drivers caught with a laser jamming device could be slapped with massive fines by local authorities. Jamming devices are illegal right across the UK and drivers can be taken to court if police think they have used one - but cops in Europe have opted for major fines instead. Spain recently introduced a crackdown on the devices, with drivers found guilty of trying to cheat speed cameras eligible for a 6,000 Euro (£5,250) penalty, while French authorities can charge motorists around 1,500 … [Read more...] about British drivers in Europe can be fined up to £5,200 for using speed camera detection devices in their car
With the summer holiday approaching many families will be planning trips to the continent but British drivers looking to avoid speeding fines could land themselves in even more trouble. While the UK and Europe share many similar driving laws the punishments vary greatly and there are certain rules in the EU that could see motorists hit with crippling fines of up to €6,000 (£5,260). Harsh fines Chief among these are the way European police deal with speed camera detectors and jammers. While detectors are permitted in the UK many European countries outlaw any device – including sat nav – that pinpoints and warns about the location of speed cameras, with fines of up to €200. However, even more serious are punishments for using radar or laser jammers. In the UK you can be taken to court for using such a device but in Europe they are happy to hit you with a holiday-ruining fine. Penalties for using any camera blocking device range from €1,500 in France to … [Read more...] about Driving in Europe: the single offence that could see you fined £5,250
BRITS need to exchange more than just their foreign currency when on holiday this summer. Drivers who don't do their speed calculations properly could be slapped with a hefty fine. A large number of Brits struggle to convert KPH to MPH when driving in Europe, leaving them open to speeding penalties. Drivers can be charged for European driving offences if they break the law while on holiday, with regulations introduced in May last year giving EU countries the power to track down Brits. Old legislation meant UK motorists could only be fined in Europe if they were stopped by police or were driving a hire vehicle - where their details then became available for police record. But this summer will be the second holiday season where European police have access to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), allowing them to chase motorists guilty of incidents caught on camera. Speed limits in the UK and EuropeUK Motorways: 70mph Dual Carriageways: 70mph Single Carriageways: 60mph … [Read more...] about Brits on holiday in Europe this summer at risk of £640 speeding fines if they fail to convert MPH to KPH