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Old August 28th, 2011, 11:29 AM   #5121
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^ After seeing all of those, one can understand what a great thing is EU standardisation. I hope that the effort of harmonization of laws and regulations throughout the EU to continue furthermore.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 01:03 PM   #5122
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And the best... it is a standarisation made on an not official form!!!!!!. It is only a non compulsory form for insurance companies.

I think the other document standarised is the passport.

The form for accidents helps you that it is written in only one language but having a copy in your own language you will understand everything nevertheless where you are.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #5123
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I also lived in Portugal and I didn't see that form either
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Old August 28th, 2011, 02:50 PM   #5124
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If you see that form it's bad news anyway
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Old August 28th, 2011, 02:51 PM   #5125
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I was in a crash once in Portugal, but there wasn't any of that
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Old August 28th, 2011, 03:45 PM   #5126
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The British driving license has two sections:

the card:





and the paper:

There are two versions of the UK licence because there are two issuing authorities. That one is given to GB drivers by DVLA in Swansea. Northern Ireland's licences have a different counterpart and are issued by DVANI in Coleraine. Until a few weeks ago the cards were made there, but now they are done in Swansea for them to cut down on costs! I am not sure about the new ones but the older cards were slightly different in design to the old DVLA ones. And the driver number format is just numerals, and much shorter too!
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Old August 28th, 2011, 04:26 PM   #5127
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Thats true, I don;t know what the NI licences look like
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Old August 28th, 2011, 05:09 PM   #5128
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Spanish driving licence is very similar to GB but it doesn't appear any more your address



It was a technical change they made about 10 years ago. No address on driving licence nor on passport!!!! (and not at health service card or other official cards).

It only appears your address at your ID card... and in the owner car form (it is not a "personal" card like the driving licence but a documentation about the card).

So then, if you are changing your address (I made three changes in 3 years and I made a "home movement master"), it is enough to declare to traffic authorities the new address (and keeping a copy of notification because they must send you all fines or information to new address... should they send you later any letter to the old one you can say you haven't received it).


And of course, it is easy to think that a policeman in Great Britain will understand a Spanish driving licence and upside down...


In the reverse it appears which kind of vehicles you are authorised to drive.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 05:43 PM   #5129
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Thats true, I don;t know what the NI licences look like
It appears the new ones look very much like the DVLA ones: PDF

There is a description of the old one here. I don't have mine with me at the moment, but when I got a new (old) one last year it was like the description on that page. Like the old DVLA ones with a different background and security thing over the photo etc.

Another difference seems to be that you (at least used to) get automatic permanent provisional entitlement for Category A motorbikes without having to do any extra training like in GB.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 06:42 PM   #5130
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These are standard EU issue. But, as usual, the UK has to be different and always knows best, hence the world's biggest insurance scams being commited there.
There's always be an England, and England shall be freeeeeee!

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Old August 28th, 2011, 06:44 PM   #5131
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I also lived in Portugal and I didn't see that form either
And you also insist on using your own time zone. You're as bad as the Brits. [tongue in cheek]
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Old August 28th, 2011, 06:46 PM   #5132
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We use the very same form in Hungary so that if I'm unlucky enough to have an accident in Denmark, I can use Danish form even if I can't understand a word since I have a Hungarian one, and form items are the very same.
How many accidents do you have, that you've memorized the fields on the form?! [still joking]
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Old August 28th, 2011, 06:54 PM   #5133
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And you also insist on using your own time zone. You're as bad as the Brits. [tongue in cheek]
Of course of course . The British-Portuguese alliance is the oldest official alliance of both countries.

The Spanish and the French should be on GMT but they're not. It must be strange to move to Galicia the daylight must be a bit off.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 07:21 PM   #5134
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How many accidents do you have, that you've memorized the fields on the form?! [still joking]


Had only used once. And of course, I do not remember fields of forms... but in my car I have always one (and should I send an accident form my company will send back a new one to have prepared). So if I have to use one in a language I do not know, I have the translation prepared.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 07:26 PM   #5135
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Of course of course . The British-Portuguese alliance is the oldest official alliance of both countries.

The Spanish and the French should be on GMT but they're not. It must be strange to move to Galicia the daylight must be a bit off.


It has GMT+1 (GMT+2 in summer) even if the Greenwich meridian crosses the country by the most eastern zone (Alicante is the biggest city crossed by that Meridian).

But relations with Central Europe made, since a long, having the same time. This is, GMT+1 instead GMT.

It is "not free"... this is... when you arrive to Spain and you see that costumes make doing all later, it is partially due because sun (later to work, later lunch hours, later dinner... and later closing pubs on weekends...).



P.D. - 1 From Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela there is one sunny hour exactly

P.D. - 2 Canary islands, being in the Atlantic and not so referred to Central Europe is GMT (GMT+1) when they should have GMT-1
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Old August 28th, 2011, 10:47 PM   #5136
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Of course of course . The British-Portuguese alliance is the oldest official alliance of both countries.

The Spanish and the French should be on GMT but they're not. It must be strange to move to Galicia the daylight must be a bit off.
In 2009 I went to Cambados for vacation, and I remember sunset was almost an hour later than in my hometown.

This year I passed vacation in Hondarribia (Fuenterrabía, Fontarrabie), and I had time for some bordergeeking. Still I have to pass the photos to the computer.
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Old August 29th, 2011, 04:51 AM   #5137
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USA passports do not show a pre-printed address, either. The State Department recommends that you *pencil* it in so that it can be easily changed if/when you move.

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Old August 29th, 2011, 02:43 PM   #5138
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Oh dear Lord !!! i`ve just seen a border crossing between Macedonia and Bulgaria ... how in the world is possible in XXI century to have such places ? in an EU state .. does anyone know about this CheckPoint on Berovo ? I really hope the pictures are just old or maybe it is just a disposed checkpoint...



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Old August 29th, 2011, 02:52 PM   #5139
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Is there any control? Is the road opened at all times?
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Old August 29th, 2011, 02:54 PM   #5140
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I don't think it is opened, there is no road!! It looks abandoned.
Where is it exactly?
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