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Old 05-02-2012, 05:49 AM   #1
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McFears going international

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

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.

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Old 05-02-2012, 06:03 AM   #2
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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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Old 05-02-2012, 06:13 AM   #3
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What the hell do you want to go over there for?

The weathers shit
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:18 AM   #4
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McRambler. Enjoy Ross. You'll have a ball. Amsterdam.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:21 AM   #5
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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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Old 05-02-2012, 06:45 AM   #6
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Have a good time Ross, see ya when you get back.

Keep posting while you are away.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:04 PM   #7
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Go to the RACQ and get yourself an international driving permit

http://www.racq.com.au/travel/drivin...ional_licences
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:07 PM   #8
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:21 PM   #9
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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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Old 05-02-2012, 02:33 PM   #10
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Go to the RACQ and get yourself an international driving permit

http://www.racq.com.au/travel/drivin...ional_licences
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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Old 05-02-2012, 02:37 PM   #11
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What the hell do you want to go over there for?

The weathers shit
He's going to my neck of the woods mate. Weather doesn't come into it. You just 'imagine' your own weather.
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:00 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:08 PM   #13
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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.

I heard they changed the laws, so a non resident cannot buy that "imaginating" stuff anymore.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:25 PM   #14
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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.
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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Old 05-02-2012, 05:05 PM   #15
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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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