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Jul
2
comment What's the actual speed limit on highways in California?
In US "tolerance is usually up to the discretion of the arresting officer". Meanwhile in Europe these are codified standards. For example Germany it's at least 3km/h or 3% on top of whatever tolerance for inaccuracy of measurement. In Poland the law specifies that inaccuracy of measurement with a single radar is to be assumed at 10 km/h. In Spain AFAIK, it's 10 km/h or 10%, whichever is greater. etc. See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_limit_enforcement#Tolerances
Jul
2
comment What's the actual speed limit on highways in California?
"as in most jurisdictions" — as in most US jurisdictions. For example in European jurisdictions a degree of tolerance for error is included. It's practically impossible to get ticket for speeding 5km/h or less in Europe.
May
20
comment Can a visitor who is “of age” in their country drink underage in the United States of America?
"for medical purposes when administered by a licensed healthcare professional or institution" — so you'd get medicinal beer license? ;-)
May
19
comment Carry a boxed iPhone 6 to the USA - do I need to declare it to customs?
"If you are not resident then you are a visitor! It's binary." Well, kind of... It's actually more complicated. For USCIS you're a resident only when you got green card. So even if you're living in US on H1B or similar, you're still "a visitor". Yet the state you live in would consider you a resident. Also, I'm not sure if US citizen will ever be considered a visitor.
May
19
comment Tipping in USA: do you have to fill in the tip amount or just the post-tip total?
allegedly it makes it easier for waiters if the tip isn't any weird number, because allegedly at the end of the day they have to add the tip numbers up to figure out how much they've made.
May
13
comment Renting a Manual Car in the US
@MasonWheeler: "skilled stick-shift driver being able to outperform a modern automatic transmission are long past" — not they aren't unless by "modern automatic", you mean sequential double-clutch transmission, which is used in high-end European cars, rather than cars on US market.
Apr
23
comment Do you have a GPS signal on board of a plane?
@RicardoGiaviti: planes internal systems also use GPS. So do some missiles guidance systems. And these fly way faster than any plane.
Apr
15
comment Ridiculous and unreasonable taxes for used electronic devices in europe
@chx well, I find whole situation ridiculous. I travel with laptop, value of which well exceeds the limit. So does the mobile phone. And DSLR. Obviously I don't carry any kind of paperwork for them, because I'd assume we're in democratic countries, rather than some high-security prison. I've never heard of anyone being asked to pay VAT except in cases that the device was clearly brand new, still in it's original box.
Apr
14
comment Ridiculous and unreasonable taxes for used electronic devices in europe
"you should have declared these items the first time you brought them to Europe" — isn't there exemption for single device of each type for personal use?
Feb
17
comment How safe is public transport in San Francisco for a female travelling alone?
As for BART, I feel there is quite heavy police presence. There is dedicated BART Police.
Feb
17
comment How safe is public transport in San Francisco for a female travelling alone?
Wouldn't the stations mentioned simply be the ones with most on/off traffic?
Dec
26
comment Is it safe for a commercial flight to have Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan on its flight route?
@MarkMayo MH17 and IR655 are not that dissimilar.
Dec
19
comment Is it safe for a commercial flight to have Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan on its flight route?
Assumption that "the terrorist" are the danger is wrong. What's real danger is overflying US military, which might end like it did for Iran Air flight 655
Dec
12
comment May I take a parcel as my “personal item”?
@pnuts: I mean put it in the question, not the comment.
Dec
12
comment May I take a parcel as my “personal item”?
16x15x7 of what? cm? ft? in?
Dec
4
comment How accurate is Google Maps for travel times?
"it's assuming you can drive at basically the speed limit all the time". From my experience it seems like it's assuming you're driving slightly over the speed limit.
Dec
2
comment Duty exemption for non-resident aliens
@Clément: all visas, except EB- types, which directly grant green card, are "non-immigrant visas". Including dual intent ones such as for example H1. Anyways, staying for few semesters is out of scope of this site (it's not traveling) and within the scope of Expats site.
Nov
26
comment Duty exemption for non-resident aliens
This is better fit for Expats.SE
Oct
22
comment American citizen expat traveling to USA, how can I get liability auto insurance?
I've just checked, neither Progressive nor GEICO offer this kind of coverage anymore (at least in California).
Sep
19
comment What does it mean to be in the fast lane in California?
@LessPop_MoreFizz: AFAIK "Reasonable and Prudent" is there for the sake of case, when you have lets say highway with 65mph speed limit, but there's a intense snowstorm. In that case it would be unreasonable and imprudent to drive at 65mph, even though it's within the speed limit.