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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-05-2016, 00:43
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Whilst it is not, to my knowledge, a requirement I did carry a spare fan belt.

I worked on the principle quoted by Mr. Plodd. My van was a Ford Transit which had a timing chain, so that was good, but I could envision the breaking of the 'fan' belt on a Friday night in rural France. So I carried a spare and to go with it I laminated the route the belt should be fitted on. It was quite complex as it zigzagged past the water pump, alternator, fan etc.

My rationale was I could be recovered or fixed at the side of the road by the local mechanic. The laminated route card eliminated the need for any technical chat which would be way above my 'pay grade'!

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Spare bulbs. First Aid kit. Headlight deflectors. Spare oil, tyre inflater. Not requirements but may useful. Carry your original V5 and Insurance Certificate. GB sticker, unless you have GB on your number plate.
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-don't forget to carry a fluorescent vest for each person AND wear it should you pull over & before you get out of the vehicle !
Indeed. The hi-viz vests must be in the cab with the people.

I keep my spare bulb kit (mandatory in some countries) and my breathalysers (France: and they are supposed to be replaced after their use-by date expires) on the dash at the bottom of the windscreen so that Plod can see I possess them as he proceeds in my direction. Just another small effort in the attempt to appear (and be) on the right side of his laws.
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Indeed. The hi-viz vests must be in the cab with the people.

I keep my spare bulb kit (mandatory in some countries) and my breathalysers (France: and they are supposed to be replaced after their use-by date expires) on the dash at the bottom of the windscreen so that Plod can see I possess them as he proceeds in my direction. Just another small effort in the attempt to appear (and be) on the right side of his laws.
The fine for not carrying a breathalyser has been postponed indefinitely (an on the spot fine of 11 was due to be implemented on 1 March 2013) so don't bother with them. Yes, legally you are supposed to carry them but they can't fine you if you don't have them.

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