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Can a car with a B or C sticker drive in central Madrid if it does not park on the street?

Madrid has Low Emission Zones (Zonas de Bajas Emisiones (ZBE)) where cars are restricted in where they can drive depending on how polluting they are (mainly in terms of Greenhouse Gas emissions). B ...
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Van office, DIY or bought? [closed]

First, this is more of a "What-if" type of question, open for discussion. I am currently a student at a German university and I dream of working remotely, in the IT sector, from a van, so ...
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How to fight being charged for a full tank at Enterprise Zurich?

I rented a car 2 months ago from Enterprise in Zurich airport and got tricked. The sum isn't big but I don't like it since I chose them to avoid this over other cheaper options. When fetching the car, ...
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Where is the best place to pick up/drop off at Heathrow without paying?

Heathrow has started charging £5 for using the drop off zone and the short stay has a minimum charge of £7.50. Given that the traveller is fit and active, and both have mobile telephones (mounted in ...
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How can I get insured to drive any car in any country without owning a car?

I have a UK driving licence and travel outside Europe often, including to the US and Australia. I do not, however, own a car. How can I get insured to drive other people's cars in other countries, ...
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How can I be informed of the presence of streets closed to cars during some time of the day?

Some streets are closed to cars during some time of the day, e.g. when more pedestrians are expected to frequent the street or when the tide is up. How can I be informed of the existence of such ...
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Where in Europe is public transport more popular than car use?

This is inspired by a post here. https://twitter.com/NeilDotObrien/status/1704803570808201615 And discussion here. https://reddit.com/r/ukpolitics/s/xmCuoduJsu I would like to know if there's anywhere ...
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Entry into Canada by car from the USA after my eTA application is denied

Because I have a previous history of being denied entry into the UK for inadequate paperwork, my eTA application is in serious danger. Even after my eTA application is denied, can I enter Canada by ...
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Can a US citizen with US drivers license only, drive a Mexican plated car into Mexico?

I live in California. The car has valid Mexican plates. I am a US citizen and only have the US drivers license. Will I have a problem crossing it back into Mexico?
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Updating license plate on Trusted Traveler/Sentri

Our car is registered through Trusted Traveler to be used in the Sentri Lanes at the US southern border. We've just renewed registration and were issued new plates (with new plate number). I know I ...
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Car insurance for borrowed car

My friend lives in the US and he has offered me the use of his car while he is away for a couple of months. I was already interested in the model of his vehicle so I’m thinking of accepting his offer. ...
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Why are most roads and parking spaces in England narrower than in the rest of Europe?

I drove my car in almost every country in continental Europe. Recently, I experienced driving in England for the first time. But it doesnt matter where I went, from London to Rottingdean or Bath, ...
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Can I park a car with camping trailer attached somewhere at Curry Village while staying in a tent cabin?

I have a "tent cabin" reservation at Curry Village (near Yosemite National Park in the US). My trip involves a lot of other camping situations and I will be in a mini-SUV pulling a small ...
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Canadians U.S. Roadtrips using parent’s car. What do we need to prepare?

Five of my friends and I are going on a New England roadtrip. We’re from New Brunswick, Canada and we’ll be using my mom’s 8-passenger SUV. I know that a notarized letter of permission will be helpful ...
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If I buy a used car in another country in the EU/Schengen and move to Germany, do I have to pay VAT again

I'm in another Schengen country waiting for a residence permit. I can buy a car - if I pay cash. I'm planning on buying used but don't want to pay taxes twice. In this country I can even buy it ...
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Am I safe to not fill up anymore gas even though the fuel indicator is right on "E"? [closed]

I was driving my rental Toyota Corolla on the freeway this evening, when the low fuel light turned on. According to a source, "after the gas light comes on, Muñoz says it’s safe to drive about 20 ...
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Leave Georgia (Sakartvelo) without motorcycle

I am an Estonian (EU) citizen entering Georgia (the country) by land with my own vehicle. I am granted entry for 1 year, but would like to leave my vehicle in Georgia and fly home within this time ...
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Enter Turkey for the second time on a different passport

I am currently in Turkey on a 90 day entry with Passport A. I am planning on leaving Turkey, but returning after the visa runs out to transit through the country further. Because I have dual ...
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Driving through heavy rain - hazard lights on

Driving back to the Twin Cities (Minnesota, US), from a neighboring state, there was a severe rainstorm in process the entire time - near hurricane conditions. As in - there was low visibility due to ...
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Where can I park and get public transportation to SoFi stadium in Los Angeles?

Some friends and I are going to the Chargers game at SoFi Stadium . The parking is sold out and I've been trying to figure out a way to park somewhere nearby and ride public transportation to the ...
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Where to park for a passenger drop-off at London Gatwick?

I have few family members who will be returning home and their flight will be from London Gatwick. After googling, I didn't find anything affordable with respect to parking. Following options popped ...
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Is there free parking on Bodø, Norway?

Is there any free parking in Bodø City and around? I need to go to the city and most likely wait in or around town for several days for stuff to arrive. I wonder if there is free (short-term) parking ...
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Registering a car in the EU as a non-resident citizen

I am considering a grand tour of the EU by road. This would be in a small electric car; I don't plan on creating lots of pollution as I go. Partly because the car would have a small range and also ...
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How shall I proceed if my car may contain illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia before entering Canada by car from the US?

Some individual broke into my car in the United States to steal my dashcam and a few quarters, and in the process, while searching my car for other valuable items, left some drug paraphernalia in the ...
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Auto/Manual transmissions in Europe

I've noticed that Spanish people prefer manual transmissions, and automatics are harder to find there (opposite to USA). Is that the case in the rest of EU, or just a Spanish thing?
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Can you take a car-ferry from France to the UK with someone else's car?

I am looking to book a Brittany Ferries return service from St-Malo (France) to Portsmouth with a car, however it is not registered to my name. I do have the owner permission (I can have a signed ...
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Joining a major road to A64 to Leeds from a small road

Please let me know how to approach and join this major road A64 to Leeds from York. My car is coming as the yellow line highlighted. There is no give way sign(there is only one broken line) in the ...
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What are these half-size parking spaces in a supermarket lot?

Please let me know what this highlighted parking space is for
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Taking two cars to Tijuana from San Diego

Can I take two cars from San Diego to Tijuana at the same time? Driving one and pulling the 2nd. Both are under my name, I have US and Mexican Nationality. Family reunion in TJ need 2 cars.
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Owning a car in Japan and changing visa/departing for a long trip

what happens if you: posses a Japanese driving license posses a Japanese car posses a valid parking spot (車庫証明) switch from a working visa to a tourist visa and later go on a trip in Japan, thus ...
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Which country is this license plate from?

I’m in Romania for few days and today I noticed this license plate. It was on a black G wagon and what surprised me the most is that it had a face with bandana on it. Any clues?
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How long does it take to add your car to SENTRI?

I’m flying to San Diego soon and will be renting a car there. I’d like to do a day trip to Tijuana and using my Global Entry in the SENTRI lanes would make the trip back much faster. How long does it ...
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What's the most expensive parking spot in the world? [closed]

Recently I've traveled to Salt Lake City and noticed that there was a "Premium Reserved Parking" section for $10/hour, which seemed like the highest hourly rate I've seen so far. Are there ...
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Is it advantageous to subscribe to multiple EV charging roaming providers?

Considering the many hundreds of operators of electric charging stations in Europe, it is good that roaming providers exist (as of 2022, most charging stations do not yet allow paying with a regular ...
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Does my smartphone need NFC to pay at car charging stations in Germany and The Netherlands?

I am renting an electric car for a longer trip and figuring out how to pay for (fast) charging stations in Germany and The Netherlands. As of 2022, most charging stations do not yet allow paying for ...
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What does "I30 SEK" mean?

I noticed this sign: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/Astrid_Lindgrens_World_Entrance.JPG The "40 SEK" part makes sense. It means 40 Swedish kronor to park. But then it ...
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Is there any limit of time for how long I can drive outside of the country of residence?

I am wondering if there is any limit on how long I can drive my car outside of Romania (my country of residence), or if there is any limit in any European country on how long I can be there, with my ...
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Where can I see the European car tolls for the route?

For a route that goes from Country A, going through countries B, C, D and arriving to Country E, all of them in Europe, what is the easiest way to know what taxes I have to pay as car driver? Of ...
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Where is the "Additional Parking" at the Cross Border Xpress (CBX, on the San Diego side)?

I read on https://www.crossborderxpress.com/en/parking: Additional Parking - $15 USD Where is the "Additional Parking" in CBX? At first I thought the "Additional Parking" may be ...
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Traveling with my bicycle on top of my car in Europe

I am planning to travel in the European countries (Spain, France, Italy etc) by car and would like to take my bicycle with me. Putting it on the top of the car would make the height higher. [Bicycle] ...
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What type of license plate is this?

Spotted today in Latvia, but it doesn't look like any of the European license plates. It was also yellow from the front. Do you have any idea? Numbers and letters on the plate changed, to protect ...
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Does a picture of one's proof of automobile registration suffice to enter Mexico by car, or does have to present the physical orginal paper?

When driving from the US to Mexico, according to https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/need-passport/us-mexicoborder.html: Travelers should be sure to enter Mexico with valid proof of ...
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How can I make sure my car doesn't get impounded/ticketed before the 72h parking deadline in Seattle, or at least, prove it wasn't parked over 72h? [closed]

I'm reading that there exists a dedicated phone line, 206-684-8763, to report to the Seattle Police vehicles parked in one spot for over 72 hours. How can I make sure that my car doesn't get impounded ...
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Where can one park one's car for free for a few weeks reasonably close to Seattle (SEA) airport? [closed]

I wonder where one can park one's car for free for a few weeks (preferably >1 month) reasonably close to Seattle (SEA) airport. Let's say reasonably = less than 1h car ride.
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Traveling from Germany to England via France by car -> quarantine?

I have a ferry ticket to England on August 14, I’m German and fully vaccinated. As of August 2, I could travel to England and not having to quarantine. But since I’m driving through France, I’m not ...
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Is it possible for a citizen (but non-resident) to buy and insure an RV/Camper Van in Europe?

I have Italian citizenship but my "residence" is in Canada. It's where my driver's licence is based. I'm however planning to return to Europe on a long-term basis and am considering buying ...
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Car mask rules in Italy when living together during holiday

We are 5 people from Germany, living in 3 different households. During our holiday in Italy we will live together in one household. There's a rule in Italy that only 3 people from different households ...
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Which countries don't have a strong "car culture" (noisy cars & bikes)? [closed]

I currently live in Wales. Like most of the UK, it has a very high rate of people driving extremely loud cars and motorbikes, at all times of the day. Like a lot of people, the noise annoys me, but ...
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Shipping vehicle from US to Europe

My girlfriend and I are planning an overlanding trip through Europe via car. We are trying to find cheap but easy and safe options to ship my car to Europe and back to the US at the end of our 90 day ...
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A French registered car in the UK caught up in travel restrictions with owner now out of the UK

A person had traveled from France by car to visit relatives in the UK and then had to fly out to Ireland on a family medical emergency ( an expected short duration. ) leaving their French registered ...
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