http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7210472.stm No one wants to pay for this! IT IS SO EASY (OTHERS DO IT +++ “France & Peage”).
The last time I went there, a few years ago, they had an ATM and the armed border policeman said, “You go in there”. This was a very rusty Portacabin or Lorry Container and I certainly felt very hesitant, but with bad temper and guns outside – no choice! Inside was a modern ATM or an automatic payment system, where they give you a green sticker to put on your windscreen for £45.00. Of course, it would be impossible to have this in the UK, for our foreign visiting cars and lorries: it would be far too easy to collect and administer!
Wikitravel, “Austria and all its neighbouring countries are “Schengen Members” so in theory there are no border controls. For using the Autobahnen or Schnellstrassen, a vignette, or tax sticker, must be purchased. Costs are approx €70 for one year, €20 for 8 weeks, or about €7 for 10 days”.
Wake up GB and just do it!”
Switzerland has an annual road toll called a “Vignette” (in sticker form) of CHF 40 is levied on all cars and motorcycles using the freeways. Cars rented in Switzerland usually include the Vignette, vehicles rented outside of Switzerland do not. Vignettes are available at border crossings as well as at all Swiss post offices and gas stations.
Winter Weather – UK Patheticness, Department of Transport, Highways Agency – Local Councils (food supplies, anti-freeze and car wash bottle deliveries, grit & salt, farm supplies,social services, so, on…) subject to the mentality of, ‘The Infantile Situation In The UK, GB’ & ‘The Poor Man of Europe’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8449755.stm Something moderately sensible a government could do: make sure all ‘new cars’ (everyone) have an easy fitting set of ‘drive wheel pair of snow chains’, first aid kit including space blankets, fire extinguisher, so on…And, all essential supply depots (they are obviously not able to handle things themselves) have a vehicle with chains; to get them to a cleared major road, so on…Personal experience – traveling on the M3 from London to Southampton 11/1/2010 at 24,00hrs ‘midnight’. Basingstoke light snowfall, snow settling on all lanes – reduced speed to 40mph, then clear road – well salted, then in the space of a few more miles snow settling and reduced speed again, then a few more miles and a clear salted road. Conclusion – risky and dangerous, with a patchy and poorly grit/salted motorway; giving about zero confidence in the Government’s control over a frozen Britain (patchy-patheticness of effort).
“Local authorities, employers and homeowners are counting the cost of Britain’s “big freeze” in the form of repairs to potholes and cracked pipes.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8454514.stm Time to put in the (rusty) Portakabin, telephone line and ATM, with a ‘windscreen sticker machine’ at your Port, Lorry Pull In – Lay-by – VOSA Checking Area; charge those foreign cars, foreign lorries, and vehicles; with their overweight loads and belly tanks full of cheap diesel, and cargoes of contraband or substandard foodstuffs – wake up UK! The Border Agency is charged with preventing drugs, weapons and would-be illegal immigrants from getting to the UK. But three years after being created, the Agency has been accused by MPs of failing to enforce immigration rules. Faced with cuts to its budget and the loss of around one-fifth of its staff over the next four years, the Agency is looking to new technology to improve its effectiveness. But with delays to the e-borders project and problems with existing computer systems, Morland Sanders investigates whether the strategy will work. Border error let activist into UK,
“The banned activist Sheikh Raed Salah entered the UK after details from a multi-million-pound-security system were passed to the wrong Heathrow terminal, the BBC is told” Read David Lewis’s article on the BBC news website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012fdwj 2.5 Million lorries enter the UK every year!