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Old 16 Aug 2008
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Tony - how would they know you were English? The Scots, Welsh, N Irish and Southern Irish also have left-dipping headlights.
I was anticipating THEIR thoughts. Most continentals group all Brits as English.
Try educating them - not me! LOL
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Thats really going to stand him in good stead when he gets pulled over by the gendarme - I've never carried a spare bulb kit in my car in mainland Europe...I'd not be too shocked to get a 100 euro fine for it either.
Just because someone hasn't conformed doesn't make it right for everyone. Brits abroad do get pulled for all sorts of reasons (maybe something to do with the 'can't be arsed' attitude of some) - don't give them a reason to issue a fine. Spend a couple of minutes and get the light taped
Accepted. I was in no way recommending - just recounting.

I have been stopped by Police in just about every country in Western Europe (twice in Moscow earlier this week!) and East Africa, and never had a problem on these points.
Over 50 years driving/riding regularly out of the UK I have had 3 encounters beyond advice/caution.
1968. France. On spot fine, overtaking when shouldnt (no continuous lines in those days, just a single sign on right, low in long grass, propped against a tree, obscured by the lorry being overtaken). About 200FF (£20?)
1978. France. On spot fine. +90kph on open road. Fair enough - I was just not paying attention on a wide, long, straight 'B' road in soporific heat. About £50.
2007. 1 speeding cash bribe. +70kph exiting country village in North Caucuses (current war zone!). 500Rouble, £10. Cheaper than the fine. This is the way in Russia - of course!

I am in no way proud - just recounting my experiance and personal conduct. FWIW.
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Spend a couple of minutes and get the light taped
A word of caution about taping/stickers for beam deflecting.

Many bikes, and some cars, these days have plastic or poly-carbonate front lenses. Some adhesives contain solvents which react with the lens, causing permanant marking of the surface.

The same can apply for removing adhesive traces afterwards, with solvents or petrol.
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I dont usually bother.

The current advice is:

http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice..._equipment.pdf

see footnote 12.
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