A defector, but
still an Alfista at
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Poole, Dorset
Re: Driving to Italy. Anyone on here done it?
On travelling through Switzerland, I've done this five or six times, and I've not once escaped being stopped by the customs on entry and exit, probably nothing more than bad luck, but the border officials were uniformly unsmiling and charmless. Driving through Switzerland, there's no alternative to using their Autobahns, and if you don't have a vignette, fines are enormous. For family reasons, I usually go across Belgium to Luxembourg, down across Germany to Mannheim, then by Stuttgart and Kempten and over Fernpaß into Austria. You need a vignette on Austrian autobahns too, and the Polizei seem to have some way of detecting if you have one on your screen. If you don't, on the spot fines begin at E250, payable in cash, and if they stop you, they'll probably go through your car looking for other infringements. By law you have to have a fluorescent jacket in the car, a spare set of bulbs and fuses, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, and correctly adjusted headlights. If you fail on any of these, it gets really expensive. "Wilkommen zu Österreich!"