Towing with an A-Frame?
Spend a long time away from home?
Comfort Insurance are experts in Motorhomes, with tailored policies specifically for Motorhome owners.
Our home insurance offers:
Extended periods away from the property and is essential for many motorhome owners to ensure appropriate coverage at all times.
Our Aviva car insurance gives: 180 days per trip EU cover
Fully comprehensive cover for towing by A-Frame or trailer.
(Other insurers may offer similar cover).
Thanks to Peter Shakeshaft for the information.
Driving down to Calpe in Spain last year (2015) on our way to the rally we were stopped by the motorway police for what they said was a visual check to see if I had the correct licence for driving a 6 wheeled motorhome, after understanding they wanted to see my licence as proof, I then gave them my green paper licence which is still valid until I’m 70 . The look on their face said it all, they told me its not a valid licence, which I showed and told him its states in all EU countries. When he opened it up he was gobsmacked to see all the vehichles I could drive. He has never seen this type off licence before in his career. After he accepted it was my name on the licence I had to then prove who I was, first I showed him my bus pass, that was ano go, then I showed him a valid telehandler licence with photo, also a no go, then eventually I had to show him my passport . He then agreed it was me. his partner then went to Norman Beech who followed us off the road with the police. He had his on one off the new id licences .( Smart b****r) . They took one look at Norman's, then took me up to the junction, pointed at the motorway and said "Have a good day" .
The jist off this is either carry a photo id driving licence or have your passport to hand, ours was locked in the safe that took a good 5mins to access, all the time he was getting agitated ,
Hope he doesn’t stop me going down again this year.
Each country's healthcare system is slightly different. With your EHIC, you should be able to get the same treatment as a resident of the country you're visiting.
In some countries you may have to pay a patient contribution, also known as a co-payment.
These payments are typically for things such as GP or dentist consultations, prescriptions, or stays in hospital. See our country-by-country guide for more details.
But since July 1 2014, you can no longer be reimbursed for co-payments once you go back to the UK.
If you visit another EEA country where that country requires its own citizens to pay a patient contribution, you will also need to pay for this.
You will no longer be able to claim reimbursement for this payment when you return to the UK for treatment received after July 1 2014.
You may still be able to claim reimbursements for any co-payments you made for treatment received abroad before July 1 2014, however.
Your EHIC still entitles you to receive medical treatment that becomes necessary during your trip, and you will be treated on the same basis as a resident of the country you are visiting.
For further advice, contact the Overseas Healthcare Team at the Department of Work and Pensions:
Overseas Healthcare Team
Room MO601, Durham House
Tyne & Wear
Telephone 0191 218 1999 Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm.
Here is a really useful Facebook link to the Guardi Civil Trafico,Spain. It has lots of usful info and will help clarify some question you may have.
More information is also available here motorhome-and-campervan-legislation from the N332 website
(ATOC are not responsible for any information contained on these sites).
Rules regarding reflective jackets, warning triangle, headlamp deflectors etc. are pretty much the same throughout the EU. These are additional guidelines for Switzerland.You can only get LPG at eight petrol stations across the country. If you're caught committing a driving offence, you'll be given an on-the-spot fine.The drink driving limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood (less than the UK limit of 80mg per 100ml).
You must use dipped headlights when driving through tunnels - and it's recommended you use them the rest of the time too
It's illegal to use any radar detection equipment, whilst driving through Switzerland. If you have a GPS navigation system that shows you where any fixed speed cameras are, you must deactivate this function.
Swiss Road Tolls Most, if not all, Swiss motorways are toll roads, and it is difficult and not really worth trying to plan an itinerary to avoid them. You will need to pay the toll charges before or when entering Switzerland. For vehicles up to and including 3500 GVW. Applicable to Swiss motorway toll roads. Proof of payment is by a 'vignette' (plastic windscreen sticker) which is stuck to the inside of your windscreen. The charge is a one-off payment of SF40.00 which is valid from the 1st December of the year previous to that shown on the vignette through to the 31 January following the year shown on the vignette. Payment and receipt of the vignette are carried out by personel as you drive through the Swiss border control, or, if you prefer, you can buy the vignette from petrol stations approaching the border or from the Swiss Tourist Board online. If you are towing a caravan you need to purchase a second vignette. For vehicles over 3500 GVW (The vignette system does not apply - but see towed vehicles below) This charge is not a toll but a general heavy vehicle tax and applies to all Swiss roads. You will be asked to park up at the border control and take your V5 vehicle documents to the adjoining customs office. Here you fill in a simple declaration form (permit 15.91) stating how long the vehicle will be in Switzerland, used on the roads or not, and you will be charged on that basis. You will get a duplicate copy of the form back as a receipt. The charges (correct at January 2009) are; Per Day - SF3.25 (subject to a minimum charge of SF 25.00). Per 10 Days - SF32.50 Per Month SF58.50. The 10 day permit allows you to freely choose your days of travel before entering Switzerland and is valid for a year.
Note. If your vehicle is under 3500kg you can enter the country on any non-toll road, manned or not,but if you wish to subsequently use toll roads you will need a vignette from petrol stations or post offices.
Link to Swiss Customs Administration where you will find full information on Vignettes
When driving in Italy the following documents should be carried:
Full, valid driving licence* (with paper counterpart)
International Driving Permit (1926, 1949, 1968) (Available from http://www.rac.co.uk/travel/driving-abroad/international-driving-permit)
Proof of insurance (third party or above)
Proof of ID (Passport)
Proof of ownership (V5C Certificate)
Visitors driving in Italy are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items:
Reflective jackets (must be worn if involved in a breakdown or an accident or alongside a road where stopping or parking is prohibited)
Warning triangle (compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more)
Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your vehicle, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
Red and white reflective METAL warning boards are a legal requirement in Italy if you are carrying bike/s, scooter, back box on the rear of your motorhome. Plastic warning boards are NOT legal.
Italian law requires all personnel riding bicycles outside an urban area to wear a reflective vest or belt starting a half hour after sunset, until an hour before sunrise. The vest or belt is also required while riding through tunnels. Personnel who fail to comply with these regulations are subject to payment of fines between 23 to 92 euro. Bicycles are required to be equipped with front and rear reflectors and headlights. The headlight must be used from dusk to dawn.
For any visits to Europe you are strongly advised to take out adequate travel and health insurance and any breakdown insurance including repatriation to UK for both vehicle and passengers.
You should also carry in your vehicle your passport, driving licence, V5 registration document, vehicle insurance, MOT (if applicable) and International Driving Permit (if applicable).
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