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- West Sussex
- T6 Ocean 204 4Motion
In my EU travels, I have been pulled over at the Austria/Hungary border because they thought that my motorhome was more than 3.5 tonnes and I was displaying a less than 3.5 tonne vignette. This was done by NPR on the motorway. My motorhome had been down plated from 3.8 tonnes. When I showed my logbook (3.5 tonnes) they went off to their border post to check; came back and apologised and said that they had amended their records. I wasn't aware that they had records.
Travelling through Germany, I was signalled to follow a customs car which pulled in front of our motorhome, then followed it off the motorway to a customs depot kitted out with a comprehensive array of tools. There it was given a thorough examination, although I think that the customs officer in charge decided fairly early on that we were not smuggling anyone or anything.
I had that in France. Just crossed over the border from Belgium and Douane, front and back, in front "follow me".
I followed to a garage where two hatchet-faced, gloved up custom ladies promptly started to take Albert apart, opening and emptying every cupboard. Meanwhile I am talking to the boss who on hearing I was a historienne de la Grand Guerre and was overnighting in Arras became very engaged.
We were having a great conversation when lady hatchet face one indicated to a box in my van and through hand signals suggested she wanted me to open it. The bosss shrugged his shoulders and continued to have a discussion with me. Finally hatchet faces one and two had enough, with a great theatrical gesture they lifted up the box .....
and stared in horror at my porta potti !!
They decided not to search it.
They found nothing.