A Fine and a Border Delay – Now in Ukraine

Well, that was an interesting day! Fined for a traffic infraction and held up at the border, but we made it to Ukraine.

Within an hour of leaving Poprad, we were pulled over at a police checkpoint on the motorway. We didn’t have a motorway vignette stuck to the windscreen because, when we asked at the border, we were told they were only needed for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. That was bad info! Apparently, we could have been fined up to 200 Euros, but we were only fined the minimum of 20 Euros (payable on the spot with an official receipt issued). We then had to buy the vignette (10 Euros) at the next fuel station. Probably won’t be the last time we have to pay a fine on the trip!

Castle ruins that we passed en-route
Castle ruins that we passed en-route

Later, we passed a police speed trap but were not speeding at the time – fortunately 🙂

The GPS sat-nav wanted to take us on a new unfinished section of motorway. That resulted in us being caught up in roadworks and a lengthy delay.

We travelled from Slovakia, through Poland to its border with Ukraine. The Polish side held us up for one hour and 15 minutes whilst they did checks on the vehicle registration. It then took a further 30 minutes to clear the Ukrainian immigration and customs checks. In all, the journey from Poprad to Lviv took 11 hours, the final hour being in darkness on an unlit road, in drizzly rain.

Defender parked outside the Lviv hotel
Defender parked outside the Lviv hotel

We arrived safely at the hotel in Lviv and popped to a local Japanese restaurant for some food and local draft beer. We were scheduled to drive to Kiev tomorrow but will now spend an extra night in Lviv so that we can see some of the city and give me a rest before the next long drive.

Receipt for the 20 Euro traffic fine
Receipt for the 20 Euro traffic fine
Slovakia motorway tax vignette
Slovakia motorway tax vignette
Defender parked outside the hotel in Lviv
Defender parked outside the hotel in Lviv

 

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Landy still looking clean :-). How are you finding Ukraine? News is not that good with troop levels increasing.

  2. Love the updates.

    Bet they are finding your driving licence a bit of novelty. Not many of them in Eastern Europe I’m guessing.

    Can you post a picture of the traffic violation documents or receipts as you get them?

    Have a safe journey.

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