Malcolm Spudbury

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  1. 22 hours ago, Keleth said:

    I don´t think that means what you think it means.

    When you read it in context it´s more about someone leaving the country with no form of ID (which is easy to do),not that if you´re German you have to use your German ID.


    Well, yes, it's easy to leave the country with no form of ID assuming you cross a land border within the EU zone.  I understood this to mean when leaving Germany via a passport control, i.e. to a non EU country.






  2. Note that if you're a German citizen you are obliged by law to enter and exit Germany on the German ID.



    Deutsche Staatsangehörige müssen grundsätzlich mit einem gültigen deutschen Ausweisdokument aus Deutschland aus- oder nach Deutschland einreisen. Ein Verstoß wird als Ordnungswidrigkeit angesehen und kann mit einer Geldbuße geahndet werden.



  3. 28 minutes ago, krakp said:

    Statistically seen it is most probably a Chinese... and probably a baby - they are quite likeable... adults are mean...


    Reminds me of that Tommy Cooper joke:




    Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. And there are 5 people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's either my mum or my dad. Or my older brother Colin. Or my younger brother HoChaChu. But I think it's Colin.




  4. 9 hours ago, tor said:

    Tanya Roberts, Angel and Bond Girl. she was 65, 



    tanya roberts1.jpg


    Tanya Roberts: Bond girl and Charlie's Angel still alive, agent says



    US actress Tanya Roberts, best known for her roles in the James Bond film A View to a Kill and the final season of Charlie's Angels, is still alive, her representative has told the BBC.

    She was mistakenly announced as having died on Sunday.

    But Mike Pingel said she remained in a serious condition in hospital in Los Angeles.



  5. On 12/7/2020, 8:38:22, yourkeau said:

    I think, there is some kind of hate towards English speakers in Germany, and that immigrants prefer to speak English and not German. Even though most TT users have decent command of German, we communicate in English here. Why? 


    This is why:



    Most modern technology is based on discoveries made in the first half of 20 century, people like Bloch, Einstein and  Schrödinger, should they stayed in Germany, would make German the main lingua franca in science, technology, and business.



    Most of them fled to the UK and the US, these two countries still produce a significant proportion of the Nobel Prize winners. And this is why we speak English. Not German. Not French. Not Chinese. English. 


    I haven't been on here for ages.  It's kind of nice to come back and see that the site is still thriving, and people are still posting utter bollocks.


  6. My DE license doesn't have an expiry date, and I've always thought it was odd.  On the front it has the date of issue (section 4a) but in the place where there's supposed to be an expiry date (section 4b) it just has "--".  On the reverse the categories B, BE, M and L have no expiry date.  Categories C1 and C1E expire on the day before my 50th birthday.  Whenever I book a rental car online and it has a mandatory field for the expiry date, I put the C1/C1E expiry date.


    I don't think the Post Office does driving license renewals; if they do anything it's probably just providing the forms and verifying ID of people who can't or won't use the online service.  FWIW I've tried to use the Post Office's online identity verification system but it doesn't work for me because I've been away from the UK for too long and don't have a recent UK address.


    I've submitted a question through the DVLA's site.  I'll update this thread if/when I get an answer.


  7. As for exchanging the DE license for a UK one, there is an online process for that (side note: the whole dvla site is really good) but there's a point in the process where it asks "Where did you pass your test?" and there's no option that applies to me because I passed my test in the UK!  It's obviously not designed for this edge case where the foreign license was issued based on the UK one.


    I still have a photocopy of my original UK license and have tried the replacement process but it doesn't like the information that I'm putting in.   Possibly to do with the fact that it's an old style paper license rather than the photocard.



  8. 2 hours ago, dj_jay_smith said:

    The rules are not governed by Germany, but by the country in which you are living.


    As the UK is still in the EU they you should just apply to have your DE licence exchanged ASAP as this is still possible.  The fact that it was originally a UK licence should not be a problem.


    The UK have stated that they will still honour EU licences after Brexit.  But I haven't heard anything about exchanging, I guess this depends on the deal negotiated!


    Thanks, but this is about driving on the German license while living another country, which I'm already aware of.  In fact I've already had a local license issued in Japan based on the German one.  I only use the German one when visiting the UK or US temporarily.


    My question is rather: whether or not Germany still considers my license valid, given that I haven't lived there for more than 10 years.


    Unlike the UK license, the Geman one doesn't have an address printed on it, but I would imagine there's a record of my address somewhere in the system.  If I get stopped by the Polizei while driving in Germany, and they checked my license, would it show them my former address in Munich?  Or is the address linked to the address on record at the KVR, which would be the forwarding address that I gave when I did the Abmeldung?


  9. Where can I find the rules about validity of a German drivers license while not living in Germany?


    When I lived there I exchanged my UK license for a German one. Since leaving Germany I've still been using the license, mainly with rental cars, and nobody complained about it (they check it when you collect the car), but I'm wondering if it really is still valid.  There's no expiry date on the front. On the back the main categories don't have an expiry date either, however the other categories do (and those haven't expired yet).


    I found this but it doesn't seem to cover this case.


    Bonus question: has anyone successfully got their UK license reissued after having it replaced with a German one?