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Cannonballers get their collars felt.
Cannonball 2000 – organisers reacted angrily to news the Swiss police in Vaud canton had issued a warning to participants to respect local traffic laws. @Cannonball2000 accused thelocal.ch, who broke the story, of lazy journalism for saying Cannonball’s website did not mention Swiss speed limits but the tweet was deleted soon after (the website does contain a lengthy set of terms and conditions but does not mention specific motoring laws in the countries visited). In a press release (French only) Vaud police said drivers in previous Cannonball 2000 rallies ‘rarely conform to the laws and traffic regulations’ and that they were closely monitoring the event, including setting up extra speed traps and putting chase cars in place. They also threaten to confiscate cars caught far in excess of speed limits. The Cannonball 2000 rally left London yesterday, spending last night in Amsterdam. Today’s leg takes them south through Germany via Karlsruhe and Stuttgart and on to Geneva this evening, a distance of nearly 700 miles.
update: The Luxembourg press report ‘most drivers appeared to be on their best behaviour’ as the rally passed through the Grand Duchy this afternoon, though a UK registered Ferrari and McLaren were stopped by waiting police.
round up: Germany. A €2,500 reward has been offered to help catch a serial tyre-slasher in Trier. Late on Monday night 194 cars had their tyres damaged beyond repair in the town close to the Luxembourg border. Serbia. Two children died early this morning in a collision between a French registered car and a Dutch registered car on the Nis to Belgrade highway says B92. Twelve other people were injured. Norway. The Gudvanga Tunnel will finally reopen for all traffic this Friday according to local reports. It has been open to supervised columns of commercial vehicles since last Friday. Police have warned drivers to expect delays of up to two hours as repair work is on-going following the fire on 5 August. Freight. The TIR Executive Board says Russia’s decision to withdraw from the international haulage system, from 14 September, is in breach of the convention and should be cancelled.