The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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In Britain, when I lived there many years ago, the vehicle registration document was called the “log book”. In it, as I remember, the owner’s name and address were recorded. If the vehicle changed hands, the new owner’s details were added. In that same document, as far as I remember, a rubber stamp was used (?) to show that road tax had been paid. A paper disc was also provided and this was shown on the windscreen. There was, in other words, one document that provided both proof of ownership and proof of registration of the vehicle (and payment of road tax).
Is this how it still is? Is the one document still used, as above, or are there separate documents (a) to show ownership and (b) relating to registration and payment of road tax?
The V5, as it is officially known, is the registration document (used to be refered to as the Log book). It provides all the details of the vehicle (engine number, chassis number, registration etc etc etc) It also shows the details of the registered keeper (name, address, date purchased etc).
It doesn't have anything to do with the tax though. There is no way of telling from the V5 whether a car is taxed or not, that is all done by displaying the tax disk in the window.
Details of vehicle ownership, tax, MOT and insurance are also all stored on a database these days, making it much harder to get away with using a vehicle that doesn't have all of those things.
Police and others can use a camera called an ANPR camera which use a car's number plate to instantly tell if a car is insured, MOT'd and taxed. Pol;ice can then stop the car and impound it until the due taxes are paid.
About time too - I've got two cars and a bike and have to pay for everything on these.
Funnily enough, you get a reminder letter to let you know when your vehicle tax is due but nothing to inform you when your MOT (vehicle safety check) is due
Blimey. You must be as old as me to remember that!
The Log Book was indeed stamped every time Tax was bought. These were folding card 'log books'.
These documents were phased out something like 40 years ago when vehicle registrations were moved from the local County Council where you lived, and transferred to a central national department now called DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency).
Now we have what Niva Say Never describes.
This V5 lists the "Registered Keeper". This is not necessarily the Owner - a situation brought about by finance companies, technically owning vehicles until paid off, not being the Keeper who is legally responsible for its use on the public roads. The "Keeper" need not ever use it, or even have a Drivers License, just be registered and as a result be responsible.
When the Law changed to make liability for Parking Tickets fall on the Keeper rather than the actual driver, some people got their infant children (not capable of being legally responsible) listed as the Registered Keeper, in an attempt to avoid paying. It worked for a while until the Law was changed again!
One bright spark even tried making his dog the Registered Keeper. It failed!
Governments are bad losers.
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