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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 13-08-2016, 16:51
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Whoops I was hoping as we crossed Austria we would classify as 350

We have upgraded but are necessarily more than 350

We just did it to be safe on weight

And we put the scooter on a hydra lift which didn't add to the weight

And air suspension for a better ride

But our V5 shows 3850

Didn't realise we needed to produce it

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I agree that all these disjointed systems are a pain in the ....

Poland has a type of 'Go-Box' (ViaToll) for over 3500kg and charges via ganty-mounted roads, both Motoways and Trunk roads.

There are some Motorways with different toll booths for cars and ViaToll boxes.

Our MH was originally plated at 3500kg. We have used the Toll booths on the A4 Motorway for 6 years and never been questioned about our current weight. I believe that there are occasional weight checks but I believe they are aimed at overweight trucks not private vehicles, however have never seen a check-point.

I was informed by family Police contacts 3 years ago that there is no connection between the Polish authorities and DVLA.

We travel to Slowakia frequently but do no need toll roads where we go.

I will avoid Czech Rep, as we cannot get there easily without Motorways or negotiating mountain roads - too much hassle.

We may need to go through Austria next year and will get a GoBox, as I believe the Austrians do stop MHs to check weight.

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Might be worth checking your routes through Austria as we did S to N last year (Italy to Germany) without hitting a toll road so avoided the on board box thingy. Worth a bit of research as it obviously isn't a big country so if you have time on your hands...

The roads are good too.

We fund it strange that we had to pay via the GoBox in Poland AND again on the toll roads (16.50 Zloty on those roads from memory)...especially as some of the roads were so dire.

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Might be worth checking your routes through Austria as we did S to N last year (Italy to Germany) without hitting a toll road so avoided the on board box thingy. Worth a bit of research as it obviously isn't a big country so if you have time on your hands...

The roads are good too.

We fund it strange that we had to pay via the GoBox in Poland AND again on the toll roads (16.50 Zloty on those roads from memory)...especially as some of the roads were so dire.

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I am aware that there are routes through Austria that can avoid toll roads, particularly at the West side but going from Poland to Italy around the Vienna area it is not so easy.

In Poland there were, and still are, toll roads before the ViaToll box system and all vehicles pay on those roads regardless of weight. At those tolls vehicles with a ViaToll box should go through the lanes on the right where the box is sensed and the barriers lift automatically, so if you had a box but still paid cash you went through the wrong lane.

We came through such a toll on the A4 on a busy Friday afternoon and there was a gantry sign in advance advising that the ViaToll lanes were also available for those paying cash, which was not the case in the past. The system has probably been introduced to reduce the queues at the cash only lanes.

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Update on my on board unit

I came away from the CR not being able to locate a place where I could return this and so get back my deposit and any unused credit.

Upon returning home I emailed the authorities in the CR asking whether I could post it back. Initially they refused however I appealed and pointed out that I had driven around for an hour looking for a place; then stopped at a garage that sold top up but couldn't get a response (language difficulties); and stopped at another place on the motorway but again couldn't get an understandable response.

The authorities allowed my appeal because apparently on the route that I took out of northern CR, the nearest return point would have meant going to a certain junction; then crossing it and returning in the wrong direction to return the box! They were aware of the issue and were taking steps in the future to address this.

Anyway I returned the box (£8 with tracked and insured postage via the Post Office); 3 weeks later I received a credit of around £57 back onto my CC.

Its worth sorting it before you leave the country but this may offer some hope if you cant.

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