there are companies who are so desperate for business here in Corfu that they do not always worry about licences..... very worrying. Luckily these are in a minority.
The majority of companies do insist on seeing your licence as the details should be recorded on the rental agreement and as far as I am aware you are supposed to have held a licence for at least 1 year (although few ask).
The problem with not having your licence is that if and when stopped by police it is an offence not to have all necessary documents with you ie licence and rental agreement.
Ignorance to the law does not help either..... When we first arrived I bought a scooter and seeing hardly anyone wearing crash helmets thought I didn't need one either.... wrong... stopped by police.. ended up paying Ç88 in fine, yet the day I went to pay my fine, I saw the same policeman who stopped me riding a motorbike with no helmet....... but as J&H said..... this is Corfu
Message posted by joeqprman on 02áDecemberá2005 at 1:58am - IP Logged
Another thing to remember is that if you are given a helmet when hiring a scooter or quad bike as ALL reputable companies should do, and you chose not to wear it, then this will, in all probability, affect any insurance claims if you do have an accident, not to mention the damage that not wearing one will do to your head in the event of aforementioned accident!
Back to the original query, Mac_corfu is correct, most companies state a minimum of one years driving experience, but saying that, I am sure there are some out there that don't, or don't check, but I would read the small print on your rental agreement before taking the vehicle away, just in case.
Message posted by MartynG on 02áDecemberá2005 at 11:40am - IP Logged
Must confess that I've never really thought about the issue of how long a licence has been held in order to hie a car etc - but then, I'm not exactly in the first flush of youth!
I would add, however, that I beleive that there is a minimum age for hiring cars on Corfu - this may be as much as 23 - can anyone advis on this as we now have an 18 year old with a full driving licence!
On the subject of crash helmets, yes they are compulsory and I would seriously recommend that they are worn - with the straps done up.
Message posted by Sailor on 02áDecemberá2005 at 11:47am - IP Logged
Yes, this issue has come up before (annually I think) regarding the age to drive on Corfu. If one looks through various car hire companies on the island, you will find that the age of hiring is between 21 and 23 years of age.
Not sure on the ruling of how long a full licence has to be held to hire a vehicle, but I have heard the term, one year before.
Helmets, another favourite subject of the boards. I agree, if a helmet is given on hiring a scooter, quadbike, etc, then you are required to wear it. If you are not offered one, then ask for one. It makes sense on the roads of Corfu, and any other islands to wear a helmet. You will find threads on the boards of horrific accidents where the injuries could have been reduced if the helmet was worn.
Safe driving, what ever the vehicle.
Message posted by MartynG on 02áDecemberá2005 at 12:00pm - IP Logged
When I have the correct cable, I will upload a photo of the helmet I was wearing when I had my accident last year - just as an illustration. The helmet was 3 months old and was totally wrecked, with mulitple abrasions at only 40 mph.
Message posted by Sailor on 02áDecemberá2005 at 12:04pm - IP Logged
Thanks Martyn, that should open a few eyes to matter in concern. I have seen the girl I posted about last year, quite a few times on my travels around Bournemouth. She was the girl who had the accident on the quadbike, issued an helmet but never wore it.
She still walks with a limp, lots of scars, speech and reactions still impaired due to head damage. It is never worth taking the risk.
Message posted by Lindy on 02áDecemberá2005 at 1:10pm - IP Logged
What is the legal age to ride a scooter in Corfu? On holiday in May I was amazed to see kids who looked as young as 14/15 riding them (without helmets) I may add! Re the previous post I only ever saw one group (of tourists) with helmets in the whole 2 weeks and so we assumed - obvioously wrongly - that it was not a requirement to wear them on the island.
Message posted by pete b on 02áDecemberá2005 at 2:53pm - IP Logged
I'm not too sure onthe minimum age to ride a scooter, it may be 17. However, in typically Greek style, this regulation is almost completely ignored by the locals!
A few years ago we were staying on Thassos, and the hotel owner's daughter zoomed around on a nice shiny scooter, and we commented that in England she wouldn't be able to ride one as she was too young, and would be in trouble with the police (she was 14, I seem to remember) and her reply was, 'Oh well, my dad knows the chief of police really well, so I never have any problems, he's told all the policemen to ignore me'.
Now that's what you call community spirit!
Message posted by BruceAndMaria (Born again CTG member) on 02áDecemberá2005 at 3:08pm - IP Logged
Also don't forget that the law also states that you have to wear a seat belt in the car....our taxi driver was slow in spotting the policeman in Corfu town..He was the only one in the taxi who never had one on
Message posted by jane b on 02áDecemberá2005 at 3:30pm - IP Logged
yes Jane is correct re licence..... if you intend to hire any vehicle make sure you have the paper part supplied with the new style licence as well. You may not be asked for it by some companies, but some will.
Both helmets and seatbelts are compulsory under EU law.... Greece is part of EU so same laws apply even though sometimes ignored here in Corfu
Re kids and scooters/quads ... the most common problem recently has been parents who hire them and then let their younger children ride them. We have seen many tourists injured in accidents involving scooters etc and this year we witnessed one fatal accident involving a quad..... so be warned
Not sure on minimum ages... we have asked several times but never got a clear answer. One thing we do know though is that unless you have a full m/cycle licence you are only allowed by law to hire a 50cc scooter or quad. Some companies will hire you any size, but be warned... like all EU countries, failing to have the correct licence does invalidate any insurance and we all know that insurance companies will try to get out of settling any claims if at all possible.
One final thought... if you did have an accident and you were not 100% legal you would probably find that your holiday insurance company would refuse to cover you as well. This could mean that not only would you end up having to pay for any damage to hire vehicle but you could also end up with very large medical bills as well.
Message posted by flynnmo on 04áDecemberá2005 at 1:43am - IP Logged
When we were over in June we saw a local riding his motorbike. He had a crash helmet but was using it slung over his arm to carry his shopping! We were told that there was a loophole in the law that said you had to HAVE a crashhelmet, but nothing about actually wearing it! I don't know if this is true, but like the other posts I think you'd have to be mad not to wear one!! On a slightly different note, it used to be the case that if you forgot to take your driving licence with you, you couldn't hire a car. Now the car hire companies fax Swansea with your details for confirmation and voila!the deal goes through Moyra
Message posted by Terry and Julia on 04áDecemberá2005 at 10:38am - IP Logged
The whereabouts of our neighbour's crash helmet always gave us an idea of what the weather would be like that day. If he left it at home, it would be dry. If he carried it slung on the handle or on his arm we knew there would be a chance of rain later. And you've guessed it: if he was wearing it, it was obviously raining! I don't think it is simply to keep his hair dry but an awareness that the roads are more dangerous when they are wet.
Not sure if anyone has mentioned this but I think it is also the law that children under 10 do not sit in the front seat unless there is no other seat available. Not that anyone seems to take any notice. I have seen an 18 month old girl in her mother's car standing on the front seat supporting herself by holding the dashboard. On another occassion the child was sitting on her mothers lap whilst mum drove. It isn't just Greeks either, another English mother had a "child on board" sticker on her car yet drove around with the child standing up leaning between the front seats. It would be funny if it weren't so dangerous.
I think it is just too easy to think that there are less cars and less accidents on Corfu, it makes it hard to appreciate that fatal accidents do happen there.
Message posted by mac_corfu on 05áDecemberá2005 at 2:00am - IP Logged
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