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#16 Growled

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 15:02

So how will he implement it?




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Posted 13 August 2013 - 15:05

Will you get an all-day pass, or will they hit you up, going and coming ... ?



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 22:37

So how will he implement it?

 

I suppose that, in theory, it can be implemented by installing road cameras which would detect a country's code on the license plates since all the EU vehicle registration plates have the common format. 

 

If the system reads anything except "DE", it would then look up registered owner's address and send them the bill by mail. 

 

Some fancy payment method via a text message (SMS) can also be set up.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 22:41

I suppose that, in theory, it can be implemented by installing road cameras which would detect a country's code on the license plates since all the EU vehicle registration plates have the common format. 

 

If the system reads anything except "DE", it would then look up registered owner's address and send them the bill by mail. 

 

Some fancy payment method via a text message (SMS) can also be set up.

 

I've seen plenty of plates here in the UK that have no EU flag at all. Can they even do this to EU citizens? I mean surely they receive EU funding?



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 23:09

I've seen plenty of plates here in the UK that have no EU flag at all. 

 

Those could be old, pre-EU, pre-1990's plates.

 

And here's a bit from wiki which explains it further:

 

The EU format is optional in FinlandSwedenCyprus and the United Kingdom.

 

Within the United Kingdom, motorists with vehicles registered in Great Britain may use number plates featuring the national flag of EnglandScotland and Wales, or alternatively the Union Flag, together with the code name "ENG" for England, "SCO" for Scotland, "Wales" or "CYM" for Wales, "GB" for Great Britain or "UK" for United Kingdom respectively.

 

 

There's also a British national trait to sometimes distance from the folks on "the Continent", to be unique, and to do the things a bit differently - "we are in the EU, but not in the eurozone" type of thing. :) (not to mention driving on the other side of the road)

 

Can they even do this to EU citizens? I mean surely they receive EU funding?

 

 

I think they can, although, as the article says, it's probably just populist pre-election rhetoric.



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Posted 15 August 2013 - 02:21

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2013/07/06/-Ramadan-Rush-in-London-as-new-wave-of-Gulf-supercars-vroom.html
http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/01/03/258480.html
 
i would suggest the British to 'tax' the Arab supercars owner/drivers in London, after all they're quite rich yet posses quite nasty driving habits.