Have you ever had a pleasant surprise by a government regulation change? I'm very pleased that the Canadian Government is changing (as of June 1st) the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (MVSA) so that a Canadian can now drive a car rented in the USA into Canada for less than 30 days. Previously, this was not allowed which royally changed people's travel plans in areas like Alaska/Yukon where there aren't too many options for car rental. An American or non-Canadian authorised driver could bring a car into Canada and back out. This is great news for me as I've a trip planned to Alaska and the Yukon for this September which was complicated when I couldn't drive the rental car into Canada. We're renting in Haines Alaska, and driving the Circular Route through Haines Junction and Whitehorse, Yukon, to Skagway, Alaska. Fortunately, my travel companion is from Australia so he could rent the car.... now it doesn't matter which of us actually rents the car. This will make this route so much more accessible to other Canadians, or for people arriving in Seattle who want to rent a car to drive up to British Columbia. Oh yes, and our Canadian customs allowances are increasing dramatically which I'm sure will be a great benefit to my wardrobe! So.... has your government made any changes that delighted you, made your travel easier?
Scotland has been given power - by London - to lower the alcohol level for drunk driving. Excellent. Also getting power to license firearms separately - the aim being to tighten up. Just this month minimum pricing for alcohol came in (Scottish, not UK) to prevent (for example) the supermarkets' practice of selling it at a loss to get people in. Some talk of Scots heading over the border to empty the shelves in Carlisle... Not really travel related - well a wee bit - but all welcome. Oh, and then there's the independence referendum coming up, but that's a political topic.
So you can get a gun now and shoot less drunk people, and it will cost you less money? Wonderful!!!
there is too many laws in the books already. we are losing all the freedoms to government. Like why should we not be able to travel in a rental car anywhere there is a roads and across borders as long as we have contracts with the rental agents? Pity the government make no sense sometimes. cheers tommy x
I agree! As my Aussie friend questioned why someone from across the Pacific was able to drive an American car into Canada, but a citizen wasn't able to - especially when there wasn't any other option - not a lot of options for car rental up in that corner of the world!