Luxembourg winter tyre confusion – Baku WC – Volvo XC90 – next gen SPECS Belgium

Last updated 19:45 GMT.

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Channel delays: 15min DFDS Dover Calais, ex Dover 21:15, Calais 23:00.

Weather alerts: Amber alerts high winds Italy, north east Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia and Montenegro. Storms Greece.

Weather: Heavy snow north east. Windy. Cold. Rain/sleet Italy.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

NOTE: Mont Blanc Tunnel closes overnight for maintenance, 22-06:00. Traffic diverts via Frejus Tunnel.

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BELGIUM. Police in Flanders are rolling out the next gen, networked SPECS average-speed radar cameras. Via ANPR number plate recognition, as well as speed violations the cameras flag blacklisted cars, or those without insurance or valid MOTs. Already in use at Mechelen on the A1 between Brussels and Antwerp, 27 out of the 117 police zones in Flanders – the northern half of Belgium – will have SPECS by next year.

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Coming soon: the all-new Volvo XC90. Pic via @VolvoSalesUK.

Coming soon: the all-new Volvo XC90. Powered by new four cylinder engines, some with a new ‘twin engine’ hybrid. Pic via @VolvoSalesUK.

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LUXEMBOURG. The laws on winter tyres introduced in 2012 do not apparently apply to foreign-registered vehicles.

Wort.lu reports the Automobile Club of Luxembourg (ACL) is asking for the law to be clarified after cross-border workers appealed last year and won an exemption based on the 1968 Vienna Convention on International Traffic.

ACL says the lack of clarity also hampers police: only 190 fines have been issued so far and ‘few [checks] have gone further than to give a verbal warning’.

We previously understood – from Highway Code extracts via the Luxembourg Tourist Board – that all cars (‘from anywhere matriculated’) must have winter (or M+S marked All Season) tyres in snow and ice in Luxembourg from 1 October. However, ACL now says even this date is not precise.

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Baku: Stephane Ortelli and Laurens Vanthoor won the race, and the FIA GT Series championship, at yesterday’s inaugural Baku World Challenge, around the streets of the Azerbaijani capital. The event went well, save for an errant curb repaired during the race, and looks set to become the regular season closer in the renamed Blancpain Sprint series. It was a race of highs and lows for rising Mclaren F1 star and Jenson Button protégé Stoffel Vandoorne, @svandoorne: ‘And that was it for the @FIAGTSeries race in Baku. It really hurts to see our car retire with electronical problem when being in the lead :(‘ Pic via www.fiagtseries.com ©V-IMAGES.com/Fabre

Baku: Stephane Ortelli and Laurens Vanthoor won the race, and the FIA GT Series championship, at yesterday’s inaugural Baku World Challenge, around the streets of the Azerbaijani capital. The event went well, save for an errant curb repaired during the race, and looks set to become the regular season closer in the renamed Blancpain Sprint series. It was a race of highs and lows for rising Mclaren F1 star and Jenson Button protégé Stoffel Vandoorne, behind above, @svandoorne: ‘And that was it for the @FIAGTSeries race in Baku. It really hurts to see our car retire with electronical problem when being in the lead :-(.’ Pic via www.fiagtseries.com  ©V-IMAGES.com/Fabre

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