Do not go abroad without reflective vests

On our way to France, we have a tester of alcohol in the car. However, if we do not have it, the police will not give us a fine for a large discussion. This is one of the many differences in regulations in individual European countries. Therefore, it is worth paying attention to these differences before and after the journey. For other misdemeanors we will get the fine.

Virtually all countries should have a warning vest in the car, for everyone in the car, extra hand and not in the trunk under the luggage. However, in a number of countries, we also have something extra in the car. "Fire extinguishers can ask us for new in Poland, but it is usual in southern countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and so on. As for some specialists, in Spain, if you use dipodic glasses, you may be fined for not having a substitute, "says Igor of ÚAMK.

In all countries where we usually go, we have to make a phone call behind the hands free, but according to Peter there is no hands free like a hands free. "If you go to Greece, you do not have a hands free in-ear Bluetooth set, but only a fixed in-car. Therefore, if we have a hands free in our ear, it is taken as if we were using a normal phone." Different rules also apply to daytime running lights, and here, too, look at the technical regulations themselves. "In the case of daytime running lights, the tail lights must be lit in Hungary. Therefore, the red lights must shine with the LEDs we have done. This does not apply to vehicles that are equipped with daytime running lights at the factory, "says Pert in reflective vest.

Visible pedestrian
We will also have the appropriate equipment for any evening walks on the holiday site. "In the European Union, the newly introduced obligation to wear reflective elements outside the built-up areas and in reduced visibility as a pedestrian. For example, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and other countries are preparing for it.

In fact, reflex tape is enough; we do not have to walk around the sea directly in reflective vests. Different rules await bikers in many countries. "For example, in Bulgaria, bikers are obliged to have a reflective vest. In France, a helmet with reflective elements is needed, a first-aid kit in Austria. It must be packed against dust, "he explains.

For example, in popular Croatia and other countries it is forbidden to transport children under the age of 12 on a motorcycle, and especially on a moped. Then it pays to look at the clear thing - speed limits. Ordinary tolerance by Igor, plus ten, is no longer the case. "It mostly worked, but unfortunately no longer, so Austria, for example, very strictly announced that it would tolerate plus five and no more. It is not just Austria, but it is not just Austria. "And generally, we'll get a fine of 30 to 40 Euros for a slight overrun.


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Drivers also wear the protest orange vests

"If I went to tease apples, I would probably have done more. If you say that you have 72 crowns per hour, everybody laughs at you right now, "one of Bus Line’s drivers told his salary, who told his diary only his first name. Milan has added to protest to improve public transport relations mainly because of money. He sat on the wheel of the bus in an orange reflective vest, but also hundreds of others.

Drivers of both urban and regional lines joined the so-called Jablonec challenge. In it, trade unions are demanding changes in the way of awarding public contracts so that the lowest wage of drivers is already enshrined in their conditions. They ask 1.75 times the minimum wage, which is about 100 crowns. "What they are giving us for 320 hours a month is ridiculous. About 19 thousand. I am getting up at three o'clock in the morning and returning at seven o'clock, "said Jixi Vesey of BDS, who has been driving for over forty years.

"But how could younger men go about doing it? They have families, they cannot afford to stay for days at work, just sleep and go home again, "he added. The lack of drivers in the region is also a problem in the eyes of the county councilor for transport Yaroslavl. "By now setting a minimum wage, they will not come. The problem is that there are no apprenticeships, "he told CTK.

There is a strike
According to the drivers themselves, however, the wages are mainly low. "Drivers are lacking, but wonder. The money we are going for, you would look. It is not fun. No young people will come, and we have been doing this business for years, perhaps because we hope to improve, "said another driver in reflective safety vest.

The trade unions, according to the chairman basic trade union organization Bus Line Jixi, are trying to push for the creation of a working group in co-operation with the regions and the government, which would deal with a unified methodology according to which the regions would issue competitions for public bus transport. One of the essential conditions should be to maintain a minimum wage for drivers in tenders. "For example, in the Labem region, the pressure to reduce the transport price led to a fall in drivers' salaries. Many colleagues have already left, others have to manage more work for a lower salary, "explained Chaka, the trade union leader.

Others are satisfied
According to him, the protest by donning orange vests supported four thousand drivers from all over the country. If they do not have to deal with the problem within a month, they are ready to go on strike. There are three carriers in the former district. Since the beginning of this year, passengers have been traveling by the BDS Company. "For example, I'm happy with the job. I also have the money, "explained Martin, employee of the last company, why he did not wear a protest orange vest on Thursday.

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Police officers will hand out safety vests every month

Not only repression, but also prevention, police have in their job. One of the preventive actions targeted at the driver is reminded of the obligation to have a reflective vest in the vehicle.

"Police have also participated in a nationwide preventive action aimed at increasing the visibility not only of drivers but also of all other road users," said domestic police spokesperson Dagmar, who will hold this event every month.

"In December, this preventive action will take place for the second time this week, probably on Thursday. The first took place on the third December during the afternoon. Together with police officers, I was on some of the busy sections of the main road trips, where we distributed reflective vests in roadside checks. Drivers have been warned that under the provisions of the Road Traffic Act, a mandatory reflective jacket or a single piece of reflective garment, which they are required to wear during an emergency stall on a road outside the village, is part of the obligatory equipment of the motor vehicle, "she told the Police Diary.

Drivers say they have responded very positively to the cops who have been delivering the reflective jackets. "All motorcyclists checked in welcomed reflective vests and other reflective materials. The fact that it is important to be properly seen on the road is that everyone is very well aware, and this action of the Police of the Czech Republic, organized in cooperation with the Czech Insurers' Office, has been welcomed and appreciated very positively, "the spokesperson said.

We were wondering what those drivers who would not have a reflective vest or other appropriate safety equipment could expect. "In the event of a violation of this legislation, police officers can impose penalties up to CZK 2000," the spokesman said.


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6 questions and answers about fines abroad

The most common type of offense for you (as in the Czech Republic) is a fine, of course, is over speeding. We also know from our own experience that, for example, the French or foreign police in safety vest do not hesitate to send a call for a fine of tens of Euros for a deviation from the speed limit of four kilometers per hour. We bring the answers to the questions that most frequently offer in connection with fines from traffic police:
1) From what countries and which offenses can a call for a fine arise?
At present, the relevant letters are sent to the Czech Republic by the police authorities from Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Scandinavian states. It is precisely defined what can be enforced in this way "across borders.” These are eight serious misdemeanors. Specifically, it is illegal speed, red jump at junction, non-driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of other narcotics, telephoning during driving, lane riding and, in the case of bikers, riding without a helmet.

2) How high the fines can be?
Usually, but it is not the rule, as we are writing at the very beginning of the article, foreign police in reflective uniform will invite foreigners to pay a fine if the offense is valued by a tax higher than seventy euro. It is always a part of the letter that arrives and the address of the owner of the vehicle also a period in which you do not have to pay. If it does not, the tax is increasing, for example, in France, by fifty percent, and then increasing.

3) What happens if I do not pay at all?
You do not have to worry about going to the Police of the Czech Republic. It does not deal with offenses committed abroad. So, if you know that, for example, you will never live in Australia anymore, you do not actually pay for anything, however, it is very grave that you will need airport check when you visit the country where you (or your vehicle) of detention papers and forced to pay a much higher tax at that time.

4) Where the highest fines are threatened
If we limit ourselves to the current countries of the European Union, it is definitely in the UK. There you can get a fine of up to CZK 180,000 for exceeding the permitted limit of alcohol in the blood while driving (the limit is relatively high - 0.8 per mile). In Denmark, you can even have a car. That is when you drive over two miles.

The highest penalty for poor parking is in Spain - 200 Euros, in Italy, it is good to avoid making calls during the proceedings, - and the fine is 230 Euros. Just a little less (200 or 160 Euros) for this activity in the Netherlands and Denmark.
In Germany, bikers are punished with hundreds of Euros for driving in the jam on the highway between cars and motorcar drivers by the same amount as they drive from the right.

5) How is it mandatory? Is it just from the Czech Republic?
It is not enough. Each state has the right to determine its list of mandatory equipment that the vehicle on its roads must contain. For example, reflex vests must be for each crewmember in Italy, France, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Finland. The fire extinguisher is obliged to drive in Poland, Greece and Lithuania. Furthermore, if you drive bicycles behind a vehicle, you must have a reflective plate behind them, and in France, you must not drive the motorcycle without protective gloves.

6) What types of offenses can surprise the Czech citizens abroad?
There are quite a lot. For example, in Italy, Greece, the UK, Scotland and Cyprus, there is a fine for smoking in a vehicle where children are also traveling with you. Somewhere (Greece and the UK) there is a border of children under the age of twelve, but for example in Italy it is up to 17 and in Scotland under 18. In addition to children, this measure also applies to pregnant women.

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Reflective vests are obligatory already in Slovakia

Since the beginning of November, drivers in Slovakia have to wear a reflective vest. Obligation, of course, also applies to foreign drivers on Slovak roads.

The reflective vest is mandatory for both four-wheeled and two-wheeled vehicles on all roads outside the city, both day and night. Persons leaving the vehicle due to a breakdown, defect or accident must wear a reflective vest. If the vehicle is not fitted with a reflective vest, a fine of between EUR 50 and EUR 150 may be imposed. The reflective vest must meet the EN 471 standard. The following colors are yellow, red, green, and orange each with reflective tapes.

The Ministry of Transport has decided to include vests in the mandatory equipment of vehicles. Unlike some other states, however, drivers do not have to be in the car inside; the vest can be folded in the trunk.

Reflective safety vests are mandatory, for example, in Austria, Italy or Croatia. In some countries, for example in the Czech Republic, this obligation applies only to truck drivers.


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