Caught out by reg rules – Porsche Twofer – Black Sea gets closer – Bus in Bursa

Last updated 22:30 BST.

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Falling foul of car registration rules.

Natural habitat. Luxembourg registered cars: hard to miss. Pic via @DriveEurope.

Natural habitat. Luxembourg registered cars: hard to miss. Pic via @DriveEurope.

A driver has landed a large fine after falling foul of vehicle registration rules.

With most countries having at best obscure laws on the subject it’s easy to get caught out.

The man in question borrowed his girlfriend’s Luxembourg-registered car to pick up their child from nursery in Belgium. He was spotted by police and fined €850, on the spot.

The law requires that Belgian residents – of whatever nationality – cannot drive even an inch in Belgium in a foreign registered vehicle, with very few exceptions. Even company cars belonging to cross border workers are severely restricted.

All these rules are obviously designed to prevent fraud, whereby residents avoid registration fees and taxes – and licence fees, traffic fines and insurance checks – by using a vehicle from a different country.

The penalty in Belgium might be draconian – fail to pay in a month and the car is auctioned off – but spare a thought for even honest citizens going to live and work in Denmark. Within two weeks the car must be re-registered which incurs a whopping charge of 62% of its value (methodically assessed by the state, including all options).

If the car has done more than 6,000km and is over six months old however then the 25% VAT is not applicable.

The lesson is, check the rules, preferably before you decide to move. Keen as they are to collect this extra revenue, the details are normally available in English from the country’s main website. See Denmark’s rules here, and Belgium’s here.

Thanks to www.wort.lu/en for bringing this to our attention, the one, the only source of English language news in Luxembourg.

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Black Sea gets closer.

Serbia: The E80 Dimitrovgrad Bypass under construction near the Bulgarian border.

Serbia: The E80 Dimitrovgrad Bypass under construction near the Bulgarian border. Pic via www.koridor10.rs

SERBIA/BULGARIA. Traffic will be halted for two, two hour stretches today for blasting work on E80 Corridor 10 Project East between southern Serb city Nis and the Bulgarian border. From 9-11am and 2-4pm all traffic will be held at Ciflik near Pirot. Outside these times it’s one-way only. It’s good to hear work is ongoing: this mountainous section was hit particularly hard recently by the bankruptcy of Austrian constructor Alpine. Ultimately this 160km road will run between Belgrade and Sofia, the final link between western Europe and the Black Sea. The Serb section is due to open in 2015. Works are yet to be announced on the Bulgarian part, the so-called ‘Boulevard Bulgaria’ running through the north west of the country, Europe’s poorest region. Hopes are high it will be announced in an imminent ‘North West Plan’.

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TURKEY: after Hungary and Austria, the GREAT Britain Tour - which has bagged a claimed £600m in business so far - now takes to Turkey. Today's stop is Bursa, around 100km as the crow flies due south from Istanbul across the Sea of Marmara. Bursa is the fourth biggest city, pop. 1.7m, and an important industrial centre, especially cars production - Fiat, Renault and Bosch have factories here. On the north west slope of the 8,500ft Mount Uludag, next to a fertile plain, it's also a popular tourist destination, for skiing and hot springs.

TURKEY: after Hungary and Austria, the GREAT Britain Tour – which has bagged a claimed £600m in business so far – now takes to Turkey. Today’s stop is Bursa, around 100km as the crow flies due south of Istanbul across the Sea of Marmara. Bursa is the fourth biggest city, pop. 1.7m, and an important industrial centre, especially car production – Fiat, Renault and Bosch have factories here. On the north west slope of the 8,500ft Mount Uludag, next to a fertile plain, it’s also a popular tourist destination, for skiing and thermal springs. Next stop Izmir.

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Roundup: FRANCE. Law makers are considering making front windows that let less than 65% of light through illegal. Currently the rules are vague. UK regs say 75% light must pass through the windscreen and 70% through the front side windows. BULGARIA/ROMANIA. Concerns that three month’s moderate usage has exposed fundamental structural flaws in the New Europe Bridge at Calafat-Vidin are unfounded according to a report (see DriveEurope passim). The twenty defects found last month are now under repair. GIBRALTAR. Asked in parliament what action he had taken over threats to impose border crossing fees, Europe minister David Lidington said the UK govt will respond to actions not rhetoric according to GBC News. Also, car queues have peaked at around 60mins so far this week, half of last week’s delays. However, long pedestrian queues have now started to appear.

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So you've been to the Porsche Museum.

The 50 Years of the 911 exhibition at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart has been extended until 9 November by popular demand. It therefore overlaps with 60 Years of Super Sportscars which starts this week. Highlights, above – never seen in public before – include the first privately bought 550 Spyder (by racing driver Kurt Ahrens in 1955 BTW), the legendary all rounder, 300 race winning 904 Carrera GTS, Herbert von Karajan’s unique lightweight bodied 911 Turbo RS – the one from his Famous Overtures album cover – a 959 S, yes S, 911 GT1 road car and the still startlingly modern, and ever more desirable, Carrera GT. Interestingly, the exhibition makes a particular feature of the 550’s flat four cylinder ‘Fuhrmann engine’ describing it as ‘one of the most successful Porsche engines of all time’. It’s a timely reminder, as four cylinder engines are about to reappear in the modern Porsche lineup in the shape of the imminent Macan medium SUV. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, admission €8/4, in Zuffenhausen, north west Stuttgart. Parking is underneath.

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