Assen warning for British bikers

Be sensible, or else...

Posted: 27 June 2012
by Visordown News

A WORD of warning has just reached us via our friends in Holland who say Dutch police are gearing up for a blitz on visitors to this Saturday's Assen MotoGP.

The word is that the rozzers are planning breath tests at or near ferry ports on Thursday and Friday to catch anyone who's been tempted to have a couple on the boat, and that there will be patrols out between Thursday and Sunday on the look out for illegible licence plates, speeders or dangerous riding. Anyone stopped, regardless of the reason, can expect a breath test, too.

And remember, the drink drive limit in Holland, as with most of Europe, is lower than in the UK. At 0.05% BAC compared to 0.08%, it's only just over half the level of our limit.

On the same topic, if you're returning on Sunday via any French port you need to know that on that very day, 1 July, it becomes compulsory to carry a breathalyser in France. Disposable ones only cost a few quid from Halfords or ferry terminals, and could save you an 11 Euro fine (of course, you've already got the fluorescent vest and warning triangle that France requires, haven't you?)

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Stay at home with a couple of tins and watch it on TV

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 15:56

Please warn the British Bikers also not to camp on Vakantiepark Witterzomer. This campingsite sues the TT-track for years now, because of the noise of motorcycles. But every year they try to pretend they are a campingsite for motorcycle fans, just to make money quick. Please, do not stay on this campingsite, there are plenty of others just as far, good or cheap.

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 16:07

Every driver of a motorised land vehicle, excluding mopeds, must possess an unused and immediately available breathlyzer. A fine of 11 Euros will be charged to anyone not carrying the breathalyzer kit, but police have been told to start fining only from November 1st 2012.

The legal blood alcohol limit in France is 0.5 grams per litre.

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 16:12

We'll need a trailer to carry all the french rubbish soon

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 16:13

Right so ! Holland is flat and full of traffic.

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 16:15

Assen on a Friday night is brilliant fun...

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 16:52

The hi-viz law ain't law yet, by the way. And even if it was you don't need a hi-viz; the law only calls for 150 square cm of reflective material, which is naff all. If your jacket has reflective piping you're already covered.

So don't panic, get your arse over to Assen and enjoy the party.

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 18:14

You shouldn't need to be warned not to drink and ride, anyone that does is an idiot and deserves to be banned anyway....

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 07:16

Message from a Dutch guy, watch the speed on local roads and highway (A28) near the track. Also a mandatory point for this year is visibility of the licensplate. Complete article translated is here:

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 09:59

Portable breatalyser, really???? Where is France/Europe marching????

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 11:44

Get it right about the High-Viz requirement!

All that is needed is...
"Reflective Material
Starting 2013 (so next year), it will be mandatory to have Hi-Viz, reflective, material on your vest. The total size of the reflective material has to be 150 cm2. It does not have to be one piece; it can be several pieces, as long as the sum of the pieces is 150 cm2. So if you wear one or two Hi-Viz armbands, you're fine. There is already a requirement for reflective material on nteh rider (or pillion's) back which is not included in the 150 sq cm..."

So yes - a safety measure, but a come down from teh "all to wear high viz vests", you've got to agree!

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 09:39

Sorry - just spotted El Figaro's comment - beat me toit!

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 09:40

Drink driving warning.....drinking on the ferry is overpriced.

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 17:44

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