Three Norwegian men are attempting to beat the ‘most countries visited in one day’ world record. Meanwhile, Grossglockner and Trollstigen are definitely now open, work restarts on the Elbtunnel, a haulier escapes a massive ‘stowaways’ fine and the new UK User Levy brings in more than £1m a week.
GIBRALTAR QUEUE WATCH: after peaking at a normal two hours yesterday, delays have reached a paltry 1h15 so far today as it’s revealed 500 complaints about queues at the Spanish frontier have been sent to the EU in the last six months from people living and working in Gibraltar. The maximum queue since November has been four hours, or 90 minutes for pedestrians.
MOST COUNTRIES VISITED RECORD STILL STANDS
The needle sticks on seventeen
The world record of visiting 17 countries in one day still stands.
Three Norwegian men – Gunnar Garfors, Oystein Djupvik and Tay-young Pak – attempted to beat the record yesterday, driving around Europe, but ultimately equalled it.
Garfors – who in 2012 was the first person to visit five continents in one day – said, ‘We aimed high, missed a flight and lost three hours. When we also ran into a closed road, we were a few minutes short of improving the current world record.’
The record attempt started in Holland at 00:01 today, initially by Jaguar XF then by BMW 5-series. The precise route is not available yet but included Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria. See more here.
The original record was set by @17in24, a four strong team from Sweden, Holland and Australia. In June 2012 they covered 2,640km in 24 hours, starting and finishing in Belgrade. See more here.
Meanwhile, in October last year @alelean covered 1896km in 24 hours and visited thirteen countries.
roundup: HAMBURG. Road works on the A7 Elbtunnel restart today after the Easter break. Delays previously were typically less than an hour, during rush hours. STOWAWAYS. A Polish haulier escaped a £12,000 fine for carrying stowaways today after solicitor Anton Balkitis @KeepMeOnTheRoad persuaded UK Border Force that proper systems had been in place. Meanwhile, the UK’s HGV USER LEVY – a daily charge for foreign-registered trucks 12t+ – has raised £7.6m in its first five weeks says the UK DfT.