Friday, 17 February 2017

French Vignette, after Paris, is now mandatory in the region of Grenoble

If you travel to France and are planning to visit Paris or Grenoble (soon coming Strasbourg) do not forget to buy your vignette. It is now possible to order online.

París, Grenoble, Lyon y Estrasburgo, restricción medioambiental

The Crit'Air sticker (vignette) is mandatory to drive in environmental cities, was introduced in France on 1 July 2016. After Paris, several French cities such as Grenoble, Lyon and Strasbourg also restrict traffic to prevent environmental pollution.

Vehicles that can not receive the Crit'Air sticker (the vignette); check the year of manufacturing below - vehicles manufactured before the indicated dates below will not be allowed .

Please note the registration date and type of your vehicle, older vehicles, as a rule, can not obtain any Crit'Air sticker.
For this reason, no Crit'Air sticker or vignette may be applied for the following vehicle types and registration dates:
  • No vehicles registered before 01.01.1997;
  • No light commercial vehicles under 3,5 ton. registered before 01.10.1997;
  • No light commercial vehicles with two, three or four wheels registered before 01.06.2000;
  • No lorries or buses/coaches registered before 01.10.2001.
Oficial website, https://www.crit-air.fr/en/
Official website (order online),  https://www.crit-air.fr/nc/en/store.html

Friday, 3 February 2017

Motorhomers and tourists, riding rules for cycling in Spain

If you or your family are planning to ride a bike in Spain, you should pay attention to the following. Many motorhomes carry bicycles on the rear side. From now on there will be a more rigorous control when riding a bicycle.  

It is important to know that when cycling there are a number of traffic rules that are mandatory. You can see below a detailed list of penalties for infringement.

Los autocaravanistas y las biciletas

In general, despite the fact that sanctioning regulations also exist for cyclists, police did not usually sanction cyclists. This has been so far, but this group must be very careful in the future. The main goal is that cyclists comply with the rules as other vehicles.

Therefore, it is important to take into account the following indications to avoid unwanted surprises.
  • Riding a bicycle over zebra crossings.  € 200 
  • Riding a bicycle with headphones. € 200 
  • Riding on the pavement/sidewalk. € 60 
  • Cycling on a no entry road. € 500 
  • Riding with no hands on the handlebars. € 90
  • Riding a bicycle without a helmet. € 200 
  • Exceeding the BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration). € 500
  • Failing to stop at a stop signal.  € 120
  • Failing to stop at traffic lights. € 200
  • Cycling dangerously.  € 200 to € 500  
  • Not using reflective cycling clothing in low light hours. € 200

Friday, 27 January 2017

Nordic Rally, Kokemäki, Finland, 2017

Nordic Rally Finland, 9 to 15 July 2017

A great event between motorcaravanners, caravanners and campers in Finland, will take place in Kokemäki (90 km from Tampere, the second capital of Finland). It is an area with most population of Swedish origin.

Kokemäki, Finlandia, 2017

This year 2017 opens up great possibilities for motorhomers to discover this Nordic country. The Nordic Rally is an international event for motorcaravanning, caravanning and camping to be celebrated this summer in Finland. No doubt, Finland is the land of midnight sun and blue lakes, it won't leave anyone indifferent. The event is held in Kokemäki, 9 to 15 July 2017. Six days and five nights full of new experiences, an interesting program to enjoy and discover the peculiarities of the country.

Organizers website: https://www.nct2017.fi/ (Swedish, English, German and Finish).

Nordic Rally, Kokemäki, Finland, 2017
Helsinki, Finland, it is a city worth exploring