McFears going international

Discussion in 'Australia' started by mcfear, May 2, 2012.

  1. mcfear

    mcfear now known as many things

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    Well the title says it all,

    I've quit my job as a tour guide, I have now sold all my bikes, and I have paid and booked my flights :D

    I want to say thanks to all of you who helped me however that may have been.

    Now for the bike content,

    Does anyone know of the legalities overseas in regards to riding bikes on an australian license. I will be in Europe.

    I'm flying into Amsterdam and will be around there for a few weeks but will ultimately be spending majority of my time in England.

    Does anyone know about legalities of riding over there?

    mcfearsadventures.blogspot.com is my blog, will be updating it regularly hopefully.

    Ross
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  2. Matt

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    Your licence is good for pretty much all of Europe (and most of the world actually) as long as it's valid. If you are going to be in the UK for an extended amount of time it may be worth considering getting a replacement Australian licence and then apply for a UK one when you are there. They used to require you to surrender the Aussie one which didn't bother me at the time as they were the old yearly paper ones.
    The problems begin when you try to buy a bike - unless you have a UK passport it's virtually impossible to register it in your name as the equivalent of third party wont accept non residents. I got around it by having the ex's brother register the bike in his name and put me down as a regular rider which was accepted by the insurance companies.

    Have you warned the EU that you're coming?

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  3. DRjoe

    DRjoe Long timer

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    What the hell do you want to go over there for?

    The weathers shit
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    neilaction Slightly Less Adventurous

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    McRambler. :D Enjoy Ross. :clap You'll have a ball. :freaky Amsterdam.:evil
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  5. obe01

    obe01 Wannabe Adventurer

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    Good on ya matey....You are probably doing what we would all love to do..

    Have a great time hey ya lucky bugger.

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  6. PBee

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    Have a good time Ross, see ya when you get back.

    Keep posting while you are away.:freaky
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    Sleepy John Grumpy Adventurer

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  8. Russ

    Russ Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Keep in touch mate have a blast:thumb
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  9. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Are you just going over there on spec, or is there a romantic interest involved?

    Whichever case it may be, you`re doing the right thing......getting to see the world while you`re young; who knows where you`ll end up.
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  10. Mtrain

    Mtrain free range

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    Sorry to disagree but those international permits are a waste of time. All they do is state that you have an Australian licence in lots of different languages. They don't don't mean any thing outside the racq office. Its not like there has been any formal agreement with all the countries in the world that if you get one you can legally drive any where in the world. Thats why you don't need any tests to apply for one.

    Just show your ozzy licence and talk your way through.
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  11. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    He's going to my neck of the woods mate. Weather doesn't come into it. You just 'imagine' your own weather. :norton
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  12. mcfear

    mcfear now known as many things

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    Cheers guys. I think I will check out the racq office and see what they say, if the international permit thing is cheap will get it just for peace of mind.

    I will hopefully continue to post in here as I get the availability over there,

    If any of you are over there or go over there would be wicked to have an Aussie pub night in Europe haha.

    Troy, if you want a catch up I'm coming to Sweden sometime, not sure exactly when but I got a few ex backpackers I want to catch up with so I'll already be there haha.

    Can't wait for this, been ages since I started wanting to go and now it's finally happening. :D
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  13. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    I heard they changed the laws, so a non resident cannot buy that "imaginating" stuff anymore.
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  14. Precis

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    Sorry to disagree with your disagreement, but anything in lots of languages that looks official will get you a lot further than shouting loudly and pointing to the Aussie flag on your helmet.
    In some countries, a "foreign" (ie Aussie) licence will NOT be accepted, but an international one will be - certainly many countries in Africa accept a International one, but a "foreign" one will require the paying of "fees" (Bribes).
    It's so easy to get an international licence, why wouldn't you bother?

    Have a triffic trip, McWanderer (mcUmfolozi in Zulu); I've already warned my sister that you're on your way!
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  15. The Bigfella

    The Bigfella Big Adventurer

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    Yep... get the international licence. Its only around $20 or so. As mentioned, some countries (eg Vietnam) don't recognise it... but they tend not to pull over westerners anyhow.

    I've only "used" my international licence once... I got caught in an "all traffic licence check" in Jogjakarta. When the cop looked up at me, he waved me on, but I handed it over anyhow. He pretended to read it, handed it back and waved me on.
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  16. KASUYAHO

    KASUYAHO Playing in the dirt

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    Best of luck over there Ross.

    Take care mate.

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  17. Russ

    Russ Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    He wont need a Int licence for Europe or the UK
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    neilaction Slightly Less Adventurous

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    :thumb
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  19. viz

    viz I Ride Ms Piggy

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    True, but for the little effort involved and cost (nix) handy to have. Was in a multi-car pile-up west of Amsterdam on the way back south from Castricum and the copper on the scene surprisingly spoke little English and the International Drivers Licence helped him in negotiating the paperwork, and that was all he wanted.

    (BMW Z4 hit a Golf at 120 km/hr which then took out the rear wheel and side of a BMW 5 series before hitting us in the rear)

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  20. Precis

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    Hmmm ... dom't forget "Europe" now encompasses a lot of places where they were living in caves until about twenty minutes ago.
    I'd bet that officcials in some of the recent bits of "Federation Europe" will recognise something in lots of languages over a thing that looks a lot like a credit card.
    Knowing Ross's unerring proclivity for seeking out Vertical Smiles, he may well find himself in places like Latvia, Georgia or Kazakstan and possibly in need of a speedy departure...
    Roadside discussions with hairy men in hairy hats holding AK47s with the safeties off, is made a lot easier if you can produce something more meaningful than a McDonalds Menu in their language - or at least something they might understand.
    For $20 or whatever it is, why risk it?
    Also, IIRC some countries outside Europe require that you buy their version of CTPFT insurance - which requires an International licence to be valid.
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