Hi Rob and Martine
Purpose of the bank deposit is to guarantee payment of any duties which might be payable if you were to sell your bikes along the way. You put up this money, but get it all back when you return home and are finished with the carnet.
There is another option you could check with ANWB - you can buy an 'insurance policy', which guarantees payment of the duties. This requires a much smaller payment up front, but you don't get any money back from the policy, just like regular insurance.
If ANWB doesn't support this other option, check with the Automobile Association (AA) in the UK. The AA in UK will issue a carnet for non-UK residents and non-UK vehicles, which is probably the most 'casual' of the auto associations that we're aware of!
You can reach them at +44-1256-493753 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
. They can fax the application forms to you, but will require originals to be mailed back to them before issuing the carnet, so allow time for that.
Good luck, and please let us know how you make out.
[This message has been edited by Susan (edited 18 August 2001).]