Austrians off the christmas card list!

May 10th, 2015, 07:17 AM
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Face it: ignorance of the law is what DROVE this whole event in the first place; not any "officious behavior" or "ridiculous" fines, etc., which compliance with the law would have allowed the OP to AVOID. Pretty simple IMO. Why cause yourself even more grief than you might get already?
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May 10th, 2015, 07:44 AM
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Face it: ignorance of the law is what DROVE this whole event in the first place; not any "officious behavior">

Well Dukey read what the OP wrote:

He then said in a very aggressive tone, "you have to pay €120 fine because you are travelling on Austrian motorways illegally." He would give us no further explanation and refused to return our passports unless we paid the money>

Now however you measure it that was un-officious behavior IMO - very rude - he should have known that foreigners may be oblivious and been a little more gentle with the folks - do you not agree or do you sanction that aggressive behavior?

Put yourself in the OP's shoes!
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May 10th, 2015, 08:39 AM
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Just another reason not to rent cars in Europe and seek alternative modes of transportation.

Wow, Palley, you fried the others who received parking tickets and electronic speeding tickets, but for some reason this transgression receives absolution.
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May 10th, 2015, 08:42 AM
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Wow, Palley, you fried the others who received parking tickets and electronic speeding tickets, but for some reason this transgression receives absolution.>

Not really - the fine is just - folks who drive in Europe should school themselves on the rules of the highway or yes pay the fine.

I am only taking offense with the awful behavior of the Austrian official - that's all - no absolution of the crime itself -Caveat Emptor - bring rules do the time or pay the fine.

But how official act can be up for criticism.
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May 11th, 2015, 04:44 AM
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Even the Swiss and Germans get caught in this police-controlled stretch. It pisses everyone off.
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May 11th, 2015, 04:50 AM
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We will be driving from Fussen, Germany to Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. I will now be very conscious of how we are getting from Point A to Point B so as not to get caught in the Austria trap.

BTW -Anyone know where we can purchase the Swiss vignette?
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May 11th, 2015, 12:21 PM
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You can buy vignette on any petrol station. This vignette system is years old, so why people don't inform yourself before travel. Just Google it. Vignette system is also in Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Norway. Norway don't use sticker-vignette but has full electronic system.
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