With the school holidays upon us, Lib Dem Euro-MP Sir Graham Watson has launched a new page on his website advising holidaymakers on new EU legislation making it easier and cheaper to travel, as well as advice on certain rules which may be legal in the UK but illegal elsewhere on the continent.
The most recent change has come with a steep reduction on capping mobile roaming charges. Currently, checking a few emails and uploading a few photos onto Facebook would cost around £1.80. From later this year, the cost will be reduced to 80p and eventually 45p in three years time.
Commenting on the launch of the webpage, Sir Graham said, ‘Many holidaymakers, in particular caravaners or tourers, leave the UK without knowledge of local laws on towing vehicles, speed limits or drink drive limits, leaving themselves vulnerable to a large fine simply through lack of knowledge or information. I have launched this page to provide links and advice on this to ensure a holiday of a lifetime is not spoilt by getting arrested or being fined.’
‘The recent changes in phone roaming tariffs will also mean holidaymakers can surf the internet, check emails and Facebook far cheaper than before and by 2014 the charges will be at a quarter of what they are now.’
‘Perhaps even critics of the EU will now note these positive changes that the Commission and Parliament are implementing. Without the EU, UK holidaymakers may not be able to access low cost basic healthcare, be able to take their pets abroad or be entitled to free accommodation and refreshments if their flight home was delayed or cancelled.’
The webpage can be found at http://grahamwatsonmep.org/en/page/sir-graham-s-holiday-guide-to-europe