Bananas was asked by professor to get a air quality certificate (this is not a boring post) for his car when he goes on safari to France.
He only knew of it via the fud of a newspaper (my blog) that he does not read and the extended family read. His attempts to figure out this shit are laughable as four weeks have past since then and i go see professor and eventually get roped into this exercise in french form filling that costs euros too.
So much for the european free market and this is before brexit (my blog). Whether or not the french use the lack of such a thing as an excercise to make money from foreigners* either via fines for not having one or tax for having a label i suppose is a moot point now. But there well known for it and the rest of the eu is also fair game to Jorge the bureaucratic frenchman.
Its a fairly pain free process if your aware of french civil servants ideals via a website name, make, vin number provided that is you have the right registration documents at the right address.
More ‘complex’ things needed include the emissions standard of which a google search got me a value that the form liked and was on the form. However professor tells me that the value stated is not on on the label supplied but incremented by one. You views on the right value seems to be a judgement call between ignoring what is on the form is right or wrong – i guess one set of bureaucrats would be most upset by that. .
Then they want a jpeg of the registration document that is a very small attachment size. First attempts scanned the document (four pages) in where 8 mb – the target was 400kb
So they only got part of the document, after a lot of faffing about with that scanner and the gimp* (my blog) the french government expects you to own and able to use, oh and scp to copy the file to professors workstation.
In the end on my first attempt i get a car that can be registered that the computer in France seems to accept and professor does the rest.
While his ownership document and the french might be mildly compatible per eu regulations it seems that this is not liked by the tax collecting authorities and so a special process only to them is ‘required’.
I think that breaks the eu ‘spirit’ but that’s just me thinking about the issue. If this was some rant about paid roads (not government) then this would be crazy talk but its a process that tells government something that they already know if even i do not know what that information is and as one computer can ask another.
It seems there are French bureaucrats who are sceptic of the eu dont tell them but i am on to them..
Something to think about. *open source graphics manipulatiom – enjoy the joke * includes road haulers hgv’s etc