Driving in Europe - spare bulbs

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Driving in Europe - spare bulbs

Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:25 pm

We are going to be travelling to Italy, through France & Switzerland, in May. I know that in France, you are required to carry a full set of spare bulbs and a DIY breathalyser.

This might be a stupid question (please forgive me, I've never driven outside the UK .......) but does this really mean I have to shell-out for replacement Xenon bulbs? What about LED rear lights? Surely I don't have to carry spares of them?

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Re: Driving in Europe - spare bulbs

Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:27 pm

I travel in Europe a lot and just carry the standard pack of bulbs you find in halfords and a breathalyser, you must also carry 1st aid kit, a fluorescent jacket/vest for everybody in the vehicle and a warning triangle.....Ive never been stopped....also in France you are not allowed to have your speed camera alerts turned on but I do :D

Also you need all your documents including your V5....just dont speed and you'll be fine.
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Re: Driving in Europe - spare bulbs

Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:29 pm

Thank you Marti. :thumbsup:
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....also in France you are not allowed to have your speed camera alerts turned on but I do :D
I've read that in Switzerland, if you use a dashcam you have to display warning sign(s). :roll:
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Re: Driving in Europe - spare bulbs

Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:43 pm

StuBeeDoo wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:29 pm
Thank you Marti. :thumbsup:
marti wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:27 pm
....also in France you are not allowed to have your speed camera alerts turned on but I do :D
I've read that in Switzerland, if you use a dashcam you have to display warning sign(s). :roll:
Really!...Europe has some strange laws..... :roll:
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Re: Driving in Europe - spare bulbs

Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:44 pm

Oh and dont forget your GB badge :rofl:
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Re: Driving in Europe - spare bulbs

Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:07 pm

marti wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:43 pm
Really!...Europe has some strange laws..... :roll:
Cut & pasted from a (reliable??) internet rescouce......

Austria: Banned entirely. Carry fines of up to £22,000 for repeat offenders
Portugal: Banned entirely
Luxembourg: Legal to own, but illegal to use to film a public space. Offenders could face jail time
Belgium: Legal to own and use. Restricted to private use only
France: Legal to own and use. Restricted to private use only. Recorded evidence must only be sent straight to the police
Germany: Legal to own and use, but illegal to upload footage to social media unless faces and number plates are obscured
Norway: Legal to own and use. Must not be installed in driver's view
Switzerland: Technically legal, but heavily restricted. Can't be used for entertainment or documenting a journey. Other drivers must know they are being recorded. Other privacy laws prevent filming of people, places or cars not involved in an incident
United States: Restricted under certain state laws
UK: Legal to own and use. Illegal to record audio without notifiying passengers/drivers. Legal for police to demand your own footage to prosecute you
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