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  1. Vehiclule Banalises? Perhaps? http://www.securite-routiere.gouv.fr/connaitre-les-regles/les-radars/les-types-de-radars/voiture-radar Recaptcha maybe required I too have heard very very recently about this.... Like yesterday and enquiries with French Family and Friends have shown the following. Maybe the Data sharing which enables this is a very recent introduction, previously we believed this to be the case. As detailed on this website https://www.radars-auto.com/faq/contraventions-amendes-pv/etrangers-et-radars.php However the Relevant EU directive (EU) 2015/413 can be found read here... https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32015L0413 The letter template detailed on p17 of the English language version of the above contains the phrase “This letter as such does not lead to legal consequences”. It’s your choice, don’t blame or quote me, passing the information on!
  2. Hope this is maintained, But doubt it can be post the introduction of the new “clever” IT system viz. Whilst already onboard and mid crossing the 8:30 ex Portsmouth Ouistreham yesterday, I got an automated e mail timed at 11:30 quoting my booking ref and telling me, “We are sorry to advise you that due to the bad weather your sailing to Ouistreham/Caen this afternoon is running approximately 1 hour and 15 min behind schedule. Latest check-in is now 14:15 We are sorry for the inconvenience.” Most confusing?. Our crossing was actually delayed by one hour apparently due to “congestion portuaire” but to be honest I saw no evidence of that. The only thing that was congested was Breakfast in the Deauville restaurant, the crew seemed not to have been informed about the presence of 5 coachloads of people (Adults) all of whom seem to have been recomended to the Deauville by the guides accompanying them, For a while it was chaos, but extra waiting staff soon arrived. Needless to say certain items were not available, However as we were ahead of the rush, and clued up. It did not spoil our breakfast too much. The crew later regretted siting us as a couple at a table for 6. In one trip an example of BF customer service at its best and confusing worst. Obviously the Douanes in Ouistreham have taken lessons from HM Border force, and passport control delays were beyond a joke, but for lorries it was even worse, most being opened before leaving the port. I’m not sure why Ouistreham is not a PAF policed port ( as Roscoff is soon to be) in keeping with both Cherbourg and LeHavre, In many ways the French state changes very slowly. Such customs delays which have become prevalent at Ouistreham do not bode well for the upcoming Summer holiday season.
  3. Only in the UK, CVA Pompe a Chaleur, have been the defacto standard for new builds for in France for at least 4 years. From what I am told, they are very energy efficient too. Isn’t the real innovation with Honfleur its Electric drive system? Which of is missing from the E flexer concept.
  4. Lets hope the sole Douanier was’nt the black spaniel with the loud excitable bark. He would have upset a few on here! 🤣 Dirty dumb animals know your places .
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    I agree, i have never seen it used, but my Engineers brain tells me it does. Me too, first and foremost, because SOMANOR, Sophie GAUGAIN, Monsieur MORIN and the Region Normandie as a whole would have something to say if this was the case ?
  6. According to the current Voyage magazine, Normandie will have so called Dog Friendly cabins in 2019 prior to arrival of Honfleur. We asked on board at the Information Desk, while the person manning the desk did not seem to know, her colleague told us that the cabins would be those located on the port side of Deck 6 adjacent to the car Deck, with access via the lift to an excercise area on Deck 9 Between the Bridge and the bar, near the crane which loads the mini containers onto the ship, an outside deck I did not know existed till yesteday. Obviously this addition is being paid for by the unheralded increase in Pet Travel fares recently introduced.
  7. Our trip back Yesteday on Normandie was delayed into Pompey because of “Technical Problems” so I am not sure that is true. Subsequent crossing speed have been slower than the norm.
  8. Don’t worry Paully it’s under consideration, These are simply the musings of a somewhat Autistic frequent Traveller! UK citizens have it seems 2 major pre occupations these days, “Our” NHS, and “Our” Border. I guess I am no different in that respect. IMHO the UK not as secure as Joe public would believe. I agree with Jim re the PIP queueing system, there are many things bad about PIP, not the least of which is it’s location. In Ouistreham yesterday it was Douanes ( Government Agents) who checked outgoing passports, but incidentally another Douane who kept the queue moving swiftly and fairly towards the boat and the UK. Gareth, i do not resent such checks, over the years it’s been our pleasure to welcolme and even bring Family members, from a very young age, to and from the UK, for holiday visits, or to see Pappy and Mammy, some even in the days of the Immigration officer on board. Baby passport can be a bit silly, but you have to start somewhere! One Anomoly though, at 16 years one can marry in the UK, and yet EU law requires the checks you describe for “children” till they are 18 and hence parental permission to travel, This is checked where? ..... Always on departure from France, by the Douaines who will willingly and politely explain the reasons. At Ouistreham there is a separate Queue for cars with such minors. Such checks are never ever made at Portsmouth ex the UK for Car passengers (in our experience) it’s obviously not written into BF service agreement with Border Force, For at Portsmouth it’s BF who check Car passenger Passports leaving the UK. Sorry to Jim for taking this thread off Topic.
  9. Immigration.... is (to me ) the checking of a persons eligibility to enter the UK.? Customs is (to me) the checking that a person or vehicle entering the uk is not carrying anything they should not, in those days ie too many spiriits, wine tobacco or other contraband. So so these were (as now) immigration checks? Immigration checks as are carried out at Portsmouth and elsewhere, customs checks are seldom carried out currently as most goods for personal use are in “free circulation” so I can take whatever I want between my French home and my UK home except of course for knives which are forbidden, as I might choose to use one to threaten the ship which is taking me where I want / need to go ( go figure) . Checks for such “dangerous” items, which are freely available on board the said ship and checked for by visiting a green shed in Portsmouth manned by employees of a NGO (ie a for profit non government organisation ISS?) where people travelling with dogs are not wanted./checked. (Again go figure). In my recollection, in those days customs checks were carried out but not on every vehicle. As they could be now, otherwise why have the “Inspection Area” after the affformention UK Border. The UK Border is that line you cross at the end of the huge queue which traverses, at Portsmouth anyway, the equally huge queue of people who are leaving the UK, at the end of which is a person who inspects your passport and requires you to open your only slightly tinted windows so that he or she might inspect your human cargo more closely and compare them to the photo in the passport they carry even if they are less than 6 months old, asleep and in a rearwards facing a baby seat. It is also highly recognisable by the place where ALL signage is in one language only .... English despiite the fact that it is the entry point to the United Kingdom, arrogant and unwelcoming in extremis.
  10. So .... everyone on board was required to present themselves to the British customs officer on board by queuing on the boat between certain hours, when you presented yourself on board and were then given an embarkation card which was then collected at the off ramp of the ferry. No embarkation card, No entry to the UK , simples .If something was not in order with your passport, as happened to me during the first use of my second or maybe first non family passport ( not sure which ) you were sent to the back of the queue to try again . in my case I had omitted to sign my Black ( note to all Brexiteers.... Not Blue) passport, all very embarrassing, and British Customs officers in that day were allowed sarcastic comments to ridicule little men like me . I still have the passport to this day. Opposite the information Desk on Normandie (my Favourite] are 2 desks one was the Calvados Tourist information desk the other I believe was for the UK customs officer on board. However this method of entering th3 UK was abolished before Normandie was put into service. But. I certainly remember this on Prince of Brittany, Cornouailes, and Penn ar Bed, my wife remembers this was the norm on Duc de Normandie too. So what is against Border force being on board complete with High speed Net connection provided by BF and the current passport checks being carried out on Board. As mentioned elsewhere, similar passport scanning is carried out in Ouistreham prior to entry into France and on leaving too. customs searches were still carried out if shore based personnel thought you were a bit dodgy.
  11. Bring Back the British customs Officer (probably officers, required now) On board ?...... Am I the only one who can remember this?
  12. Hope the Schengen Fingerprint requirement/reading system works better than my I pad and I phone, my fingerprint seems to change depending on how much manual work (DIY) I have been doing, the remembered print never lasts longer than a week.
  13. Allegedly because of GDPR !? Its announced Here , which is an online version of the club voyage newsletter for April 2018
  14. I like the way the “sir ” guy says he will ask the government about this when they resume sitting. Does he really think they will know? The people of Poole must be really proud the MP who represents them, he obviously upto speed on the important matters on his patch!
  15. Should no deal happen,The revenue stream currently generated for BF from the EU pet travel scheme, will have to be replaced from somewhere, I just hope that it is a ticket price increase/surcharge for those who think this is so funny. Pitty the accountant in Roscoff who is busily modelling the various what if scenarios, they (BF) must be concerned they have new ships to pay for.
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