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MOPEDS, MOTORBIKES & QUADS, etc

An inexpensive and seemingly fun way to get around but very dangerous. Every year we see holidays ruined by ’bike accidents, broken bones are common and sometimes it’s fatal. Not all the bikes are well maintained by competent persons and, even when the bikes are in good condition, road conditions in Greece are very different to the UK. Tight bends and adverse cambers are common, wet roads are very slippery and, on dry roads, sand, grit and mud are as treacherous for bikes as ice. Potholes aren't uncommon and tend to be pretty dodgy, too.
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Kefalonia is one of the larger Greek islands and getting around on two wheels tends to be a long, slow, bum-numbing experience. Crash helmets are compulsory, fines for not wearing a helmet are high. Holiday insurance rarely covers motorbike accidents and the vehicle insurance is usually third-party only. Quad bikes may seem a far better proposition but they, too, are pretty uncomfortable and slow, and nasty accidents aren't uncommon.

Greek law requires you to wear a crash helmet on a scooter, moped or motorcycle. Quad bike riders are required to wear a full-face helmet (or non-full-face helmet plus goggles) under Greek law. You may be arrested if you do not comply. Failure to wear a crash helmet might invalidate your travel insurance if you are involved in an accident. If you intend to hire a moped you require a valid driving licence with at least category A1 - 'light motorcycle'. Category P, which is valid in the UK for driving mopeds up to 50cc, is not valid in Greece.

When hiring a vehicle, hire companies will often ask for your passport as a form of security. Do not hand over your passport under any circumstance, though you may wish to have a spare copy of the personal data page which you could hand over. Check any waiver which will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged.
Source: fco.gov.uk



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