be careful. ...Portugal

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  1. Quintapedro

    Quintapedro Campsite Owner Portugal

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    My friends

    now in Portugal is a new low that if you dont drive well it will give you an ticket of €300....:cry:

    So see the photo, and if you don't want to have a police man near you, just follow the instructions. ...:thumb:

    Pedro
     

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  2. Wildman

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    the instructions are not in English:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: I'd best stay home then
     
  3. Quintapedro

    Quintapedro Campsite Owner Portugal

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    easy. .

    It's easy, Just follow the green arrows. ...:Doh::BigGrin:
     
  4. Welsh girl

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    There are stories of police cars sitting the other side of roundabouts here waiting to fine offenders and queues of traffic pulled up by them and fining us 30e for overnight parking even where there are NO signs saying you cant do it denying the local shops lots of business.
    Definitely not motorhome parking friendly, can't wait to go back to France.
    Local couriers a joke, won't deliver to a well known address such as a general town post office unless they ring me on a Portuguese landline , (as if I carry a Portuguese landline in my motorhome)
    Have rung English couriers where the parcel started out from many times, still no parcel 13 days later.
    Some here say the couriers are a local joke also.
    What a pallaver?
     
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    Much the same as the UK... or what is written in our highway code...:thumb:

    But not many adhere to it.. :Sad:
     
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    It looks bl**dy dangerous to me, if someone enters the roundabout thinking that because you are in the outside lane you are continuing around rather than exiting right, there could well be a coming together. Or am I missing something?:Blush:
     
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    Agreed!!! The car on the green arrow looks as if he is going straight over in which case I would use the nearside lane only using the outside lane to turn left (in Portugal) :Doh:
     
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    Are we the only sane and good drivers on here Ken? :BigGrin:
     
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    Me? Sane? That is the nicest thing anyone has said to me this year!! :Rofl1:

    But yes, my way if driving on the right is, turning right or straight on = inside lane, turning left = outside lane. :thumb:
     
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    That is the way I was taught to drive, all of those years ago and again before I took my test for my Australian licence. It seems a much more natural and common sense way to manoeuvre a roundabout. :BigGrin:
    Oh and being described as sane by me Ken, may not be as much of a compliment as it seems at first. :Eeek: But it was all meant in the best possible taste! :BigGrin:
     
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    I learned the other day that on the roundabout on where the Arc de Triomphe is you have to give way to the traffic entering the roundabout. There are a lot of feeder Avenues

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    Yup, that is scary, especially on a bike as the surface is cobbled :Laughing:
     
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    Please correct me if I'm wrong but it looks to me that you must not pass an exit of the roundabout in the outside lane only crossing from inside to outside at the last minute??? :Blush:
     
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    thats what I tought too, fine if your in a nippy car, not so great if your in a "big slow to get going from a stand still" vehicle
     
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    I'm just going to drive like I normally do:thumb:


    And scare the sh1t out of everyone:Eek!:



    How about on approaching a roundabout, if the exit you want (and no lane selection is dictated) is after 12 o'clock (on the clock face) assuming you enter at 06:00 use the offside lane otherwise use the nearside lane...just a thought.
     
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    If I enter a roundabout at 06:00 I generally leave before 06:01 :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Boy, do you drive early in the morning:Doh:


    I'm just getting up for a wee then!
     
  19. matamoros

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    That would be the sensible aproach but since when did governments do sensible.

    This is from the Algarve Daily News:

    Law 72/2013 brought some additions to The Portuguese Highway Code which came into force on the 1st January 2014.



    The rules on how to circulate on roundabouts have also been defined. According to the new law,[HI] it is now prohibited to travel on the outside lane (the right hand side) unless it is used to take the next immediate exit. On entering a roundabout this lane should be used only if you are taking the first exit, for all other exits you must move into the left lane and then indicate and move to the right lane once you have passed the exit before the one you wish to take[/HI]. Driving on the outside lane for any other exit except from the very first one can result in fines from 60 to 300 euros. This law will be used to determine fault in case of accidents where collision occurs on a roundabout.

    This would probably work ok if everyone followed the rules but as most drivers over here seem to have got used to driving round a roundabout in the right hand(outside) lane no matter which exit they are using I can see problems ahead !!
     
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    This is not the same as the new law over here, using the outside lane(left in the UK) to the 2nd exit is now against the law, not just advisory as the Highway Code.
     
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