- Nov 11, 2009
RayS said:I'm old enough to remember when you needed to get an IDP to drive, canert for the caravan, green card for car insurance travel cheques for money an all without the aid of the internet and we managed pretty well and didn't think too much of it - it was just what you did.
'They' will want want the tourists, the sales in the shops etc. and you can see from current events that 'they' the people can bring a lot of pressure to bear (even if they have to wear yellow vests to do so)
Seasoned European traveller will know that what may be in the law need not - sometimes- be more than an irritation e.g. current French regulations on carrying breathalysers or spare headlamp bulbs.
Give it a short time to settle down, play it low key, and my be is that this time next year - apart from some minor irritations listed above - we shall be back to what passes for normal, at least as far as touring caravanning is concerned.
In the mid 1960s my then girlfriend, now wife, and I drove my fathers car to Switzerland for a holiday. Even arriving off of the ferry in Ostend the checks were cursory at most, and at the German border we were waved through by a border official who in fact wanted us to speed up. Only Switzerland checked the documents but this was quiet quick. The most irritating border check was on arrival back in Dover. We were taken to a search area and searched and the car was totally emptied too. Welcome home :-(