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Motor Caravanners' News

Photo, autocaravanning.org
*Recreational vehicles worldwide
New registrations of recreation vehicles for 2008
North America: 53.4%
Europe: 40.0%
Australia: 4.0%
Japan: 0.9%
South Africa: 0.9%
New Zealand: 0.5%
China: 0.3%
*Includes motor caravans: class A, B and C – campervans, camperbus, etc.

The financial crisis and general economic situation affected the recreational vehicle industry market in Europe and North America in 2009.

100 kph for heavy motorcaravans in Germany
The 12th trial regulation introduced in Germany in March 2005 allowed motorcaravans with a maximum laden weight of between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes to travel at 100 kph rather than 80 kph on German motorways and highways. The trial period was due to end on 31 December 2009. However, in the light of Federal Highway Research Institute studies showing that motorcaravans in this category are not accident prone whether they are driven at 80 kph or 100 kph, the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development has decided to lift the 100 kph speed limit as well. In view of the road safety and traffic flow factors that come into play, there is no reason why this increase in the speed limit should not be permanent.
It is also thought that in about two years’ time, the ban on overtaking for heavy motorcaravans might also be lifted.
Source: CIV D

Hefty increases in road tolls:
Czech Republic
Vehicles over 3,500 kgs (including heavy motorcaravans) and outfits over 3,500 kgs (permissible maximum weight of towing vehicle + caravan/trailer) have to pay a distance-based toll on all motorways, express roads and other selected roads (marked with an “M“). An electronic device, “Premid“, affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen, calculates the level of the toll.
Motor vehicle up to 3,500 kgs pmw* (incl. trailer) – Annual sticker (vignette) 1200 CZK
Motor vehicle up to 3,500 kgs pmw* (incl. trailer) – Monthly sticker 350 CZK
Motor vehicle up to 3,500 kgs pmw* (incl. trailer) – 10-day sticker 250 CZK
*pmw = permissible maximum weight

Slovak Republic
Vehicles up to 3,500 kgs
Annual sticker (vignette) 1 January 2010 to 31 January 2011
Monthly sticker valid for 30 consecutive days even if they overlap into the following year.
Seven days sticker valid for 7 consecutive days, even if they overlap into the following year.
In the Slovak Republic stickers may be obtained at border crossings, petrol stations and post offices.

Over 3,500 kgs
Vehicles weighing over 3,500 kgs (including heavy motorcaravans) are subject to a distance-based toll system on all motorways, express roads and national/main roads.

The toll is calculated by an electronic device “OBU“ (on board unit) affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen that can be obtained from petrol stations and in the vicinity of border crossings. To calculate your toll in advance, go to the on-line toll calculator at  www.emyto.sk

Tariff in Euros
Motor vehicle up to 3,500 kgs pmw* (incl. trailer) – Annual sticker 36.50
Motor vehicle up to 3,500 kgs pmw* (incl. trailer) – Monthly sticker 9.90
Motor vehicle up to 3,500 kgs pmw* (incl. trailer) – 7-day sticker 4.90
*pmw = permissible maximum weight
Source: CCA-Journal (AT)

Norway
                         Alesund Fishing Port, Norway - Source Wikimedia Commons
The Alesund underwater tunnel in central Norway is now toll-free For the first time in 22 years, drivers can now drive free of charge through the 3,500 m long tunnel from Alesund to Ellingsoy island and the 4,100m long tunnel from Ellingsoy to Valderoy island. The bridge linking Valderoy and Giske and the 3,800m tunnel from Giske to Gooy are also toll-free.
Over the years toll charges brought in 385 million euros covering the cost of construction and renovation work on the bridge and tunnels.
Source: Kampeertoerist (BE)

                                                              Alesund og More, Norway - Source: André Schultz