How Slovenia extorts European motorists

Posted on May 18, 2014 – 12:40 pm

IMG_1979 You should know when to interrupt his vacation in Europe, or at least one of its fundamental freedoms, the freedom of movement is threatened by bandits who do not hesitate to extort travelers. The mishap that happened to me yesterday is not isolated, far from it. If one believes the travel forums and Tweeter, I'm not the first to have fallen into the trap and nasty Slovenian reduced from 150 € (I complain, I complain, but I risked a fine of up to € 800 , if, if) ( also read the chronicle of Francis Adoue in the Circle-Les Echos ).

Innocently, I have, indeed, decided to spend my holidays in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. A diplomat of the Commission which was stationed in these countries has led me not to go to Zagreb by plane and then rent a car, "you risk to make you break your jalopy if you circulate with Croatian plate Serbia and Bosnia with Serbian or plate Croatia or Bosnia and vice versa. Better circulation in the region with a French plate, there is no problem. " So road trip through Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Also an opportunity to walk in Bavaria, in the region of Salzburg and Ljubljana through Bled (I recommend, it's magic all these places too ignored the French).Photo

All this to say that the main purpose of my trip was neither Germany nor Austria or Slovenia, I did not particularly Potash their traffic and criminal code (unfortunately hardly available in French). I should have. By entering Austria, I did not pay attention to written only in German indicating something panels. But as the border has disappeared, thanks to Schengen, it never stops and slows it. Vaguely seen soon forgotten. Upon entry into Slovenia, as a sign, but in Slovenian and smaller. At the end of the tunnel which links Austria to Slovenia, a huge border post communist period disused (Slovenia is in the EU, Schengen and the euro area), followed by a toll. Here we stop to pay for the use of that tunnel (€ 6) and continue his journey.

You can notice then regular "tolls", but cars are allowed to pass without being asked to pay anything (there is no barrier, but cameras). As demand for trucks over 3.5 tonnes to borrow bands dedicated to meet every time a toll, it is believed that the tolls are only reserved to such trucks.IMG_0021 Then when you exit the highway and you enter again, no sign tells you anything.

Everything goes well until the border Slovenia / Croatia. There uniformed officers inspect the cars. One of them stopped me and asked, Slovenian, the papers of the car and my passport. Believing in a routine, I handed him all documents. It then passes to English and asked me where my "tag". I showed him my insurance sticker. No, the "thumbnail". It made ​​me pull over and told me that I should buy a vignette at the border before entering the Slovenian roads. I am flabbergasted. He shows me a sign on the other side of the road for those who enter the country and beautiful, just like the ones I saw on the side of the Austrian border, is incomprehensible.IMG_0022 I told him, but that I am a police officer - and that in fact prove to be an employee of a private company in charge of a public service delegation - told me that I must immediately pay a fine of 150 € for not having bought the famous vignette € 15. I tried to explain that it is impossible to guess anything watching these panels (the symbol of the banknotes and coins is above truck), everything is in Slovene, a language spoken by two million people all wet, it's a racket, he will not listen. He told me that if I continue to make him lose his time, it will cost me € 300 or € 800 (I did not understand in what circumstances). I can pay cash or credit card, everything is ready to offload the naive tourist. To show that I'm in bad faith, the man pulls out a thick document: these are copies of famous pictures ... panels (obviously taken at all borders) indicating, Slovenian, we must pay a thumbnail . This document is ridiculous proof that I'm not the only one who fell into the trap, if you allow me the pun. At this time a miracle occurs: the substitute officer handed me a written entirely in French thumbnail and fines documentation! The panels are in Slovenian, but it has the right to fine in the language (but I assure you, the fine is Slovenian (I signed in to leave without saying a word) and the challenge of the fine must be written Slovenian and sent in the week, it is never too careful).


Ryan air

2005-02-07 14:50:25 by id---

A spokesperson for Ryanair said: “The only forms of identification we accept from passengers traveling from Britain to Ireland are either a valid passport or a photo drivers license.
“This is an airline policy and the passenger will not be able to travel if they are not in receipt of one of these forms of ID.”All Ryanair tickets are non-refundable .Checked baggage allowance is 15kg per per...h are acceptable for carriage: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland.
A valid driving licence with photo (in the case of UK domestic flights and UK-Republic of Ireland-UK routes only)
they only do e tickets

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