There has been discussion on what might be tourist scams and what might not be,. Some tourist scams rely on looking official to work so I thought I might write of a few that have been mentioned.
Driving; Driving comes in two forms - Driving and parking.
Driving: Except in the Republic of Ireland where they switched from mph to km/h in 2006 the limits are not generally posted. As a driver you are expected to know what the limit is. There are usually only three to chose from. Enforcement is possible by camera and is possible a few month after the event. For Europeans this might involve an insurance penalty because it may involve points to (UK) or from (France) the licence. It is not the policeman you need to worry about, but the camera.
Some countries will enforce at 1 km/h over the limit, some 10 km/h.
Parking/ZTL/Congestion charges: Again enforced by camera. The signs will be by what is called the Vienna Convention and in the local language only. Hire car companies will not quibble but pay the fine and ask you to pay them plus an administration fee. I get that from the Royal Mail if I but anything from North America. Which is why I buy from France.
Signs will be simple, clear and in the local official language, The only countries they will be in English are the UK, Malta, Republic of Ireland and Republic of Cyprus. EU law requires the signs be in the Latin alphabet so you might meet transliteration or translation in Bulgaria or Greece. Usually English but as likely to be Bulgarian or Greek,
Which Cyrillic language has most adherents? Bulgarian. Thanks to being an official language of the EU it has 450 million adherents, Russian has 200 million. Bulgarian Cyrillic has joined the Latin and Greek alphabets on the euro bank notes.
VAT: the price quoted should include VAT or equivalent. In the UK with 20% VAT we have LOW VAT in Europe. And the price should include VAT or give the price including VAT. That is what you should pay. In reverse, think of the European tourist in America who picks up an item priced at $9.99 and is asked for $11.
ID: In many European countries you are required to carry ID at all times. The police may ask for it. vos papiers monsieur is a staple of French detective fiction. But the police must be willing to show their id. They will not ask to see your money. If they do it is a scam.
There are genuine scams out there but some of the scams highlighted are not scams.
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