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RUSSIA. Crackdown on baseball bats. Traffic police found 912 baseball bats, 330 knives and 180 (rubber bullet) handguns after searching 11,000 cars in a four day blitz starting 1 November says RIA Novosti. Meanwhile, read this short profile from The Moscow Times on roads in Russia.
Fines following you home.
With a few exceptions, from today (7 November) any EU driver breaking traffic laws in any other EU country can be prosecuted when back at home.
Well, that’s the theory anyway; it’s not completely clear yet which countries have transcribed the new law onto their own statute books. In a speech on Tuesday, Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said, ‘We will be monitoring Member States to check that their national laws do properly reflect the EU rules. We will not hesitate to act if this is not the case.’
The directive covers eight offences: Speeding; Not using a seatbelt; Running a red light or other stop signal; Drink driving; Driving under the influence of drugs; Not wearing a helmet (motorcyclists); Using a forbidden lane (bus lane, emergency lane, etc); and Using a mobile phone while driving.
The only countries not signed up to the new directive are Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark. As previously, drivers from those countries have to be caught in the act – and police forces in those countries have to catch drivers read handed – to incur fines.
The European police force federation TISPOL has an easy-use from-the-horse’s-mouth guide to the relevant laws in each country – speed limits, blood alcohol levels, etc. See Country Driving Guides, centre right.
The European Commission has its own version here.
GERMANY. The Nurburgring Nordschliefe and Grand Prix circuit are only open to ‘tourist’ drivers for five more days each this year – the ‘Green Hell’ until the 17 November when the GP track takes over until 1 December.