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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 24-11-2019, 20:50 Thread Starter
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Being stopped by Douanes

I've been reading a thread on another forum (no names, no pack-drill!) about being pulled in, in France for a check by customs police.

A customs vehicle catches up with you, passes you and indicates you've to follow - perhaps a couple of miles off the motorway...

I'm not at all sure I would want to do that (being a solo female, and pretty suspicious) but wonder what would be the fallout, or how I could deal with the situation to ensure they were who they said they were.

The driver in question (also solo, tho male) had to leave his MH and stand outside for the best part of half an hour while they took the MH apart.

How could I ensure my safety in that situation?

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As a solo female I would suggest lock all doors & dial 112!
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I think on that thread there were some good suggestions.

If all it takes to rob a motorhome is to put on a funny hat and a sign saying "you must follow me" we're in trouble.

Did they not say that in Spain there are no plain clothes police on the motorway.

Unless they had big guns and it might come to that in the end, I would not be stopping for anyone.Or certainly not pulling off the motorway.

I would be happy to explain and to deal with any fallout later.........excepting the big guns bit

What does a Spanish police uniform or ID document look like anyway ???

But yes, worrying for any solo traveller, shall I say especially a woman or leave that out

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It was France, that was mentioned and yes, they do go around in shoals and they have the right to stop and search BUT common sense would suggest going to a place of safety beside eg a Gendarmerie and ringing 112 if you are worried.
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Yes, it was France.

I'd have to stop somewhere to find out where there WAS a gendarmerie. And I could be a very long way from one.

I don't fancy following someone to an out of the way place, but equally I don't fancy NOT following what looks like an official vehicle. Can I just pull into the side of the motorway till I check with 112?

I guess I can, as I stopped on motorway when my wipers flew off.
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Sat Navs should have (if selected) all police stations listed nearby. Yes worrying if you not near one. Maybe another reason for a dash cam.

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the only time we've ever seen Douanes doing checks is either at an autoroute toll area where it's easy to pull drivers over, or at static locations (often roundabouts or main road junctions).

we got pulled in a few weeks ago at one of the latter on the way home from 6 weeks of travel - Douane wanted to check where we'd been, where we were going and took a quick look inside the vehicle and rear garage (I had to apologise to her for the smell from our stinking MTB shoes which smelt like cat's pee after getting very wet!) and then let us go on our way. no doubt if she had been suspicious we were transporting anything dubious a bigger check would have happened.

it does seem to me that the French Douanes have increased their presence in the last year or so and random checks increased.

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I do not understand the purpose of the questions "Where have you been/going?"


If one were doing anything irregular one could give erronious answers.
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I do not understand the purpose of the questions "Where have you been/going?"


If one were doing anything irregular one could give erronious answers.
A bit like the question on the US I-94W Visa Waiver Arrival form:

"Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?"

I wonder if anyone has ever ticked the YES box?
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Sat Navs should have (if selected) all police stations listed nearby. Yes worrying if you not near one. Maybe another reason for a dash cam.

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Yes I do have a dashcam. I'd still have to stop to access the nearest gendarmerie.
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I do not understand the purpose of the questions "Where have you been/going?"


If one were doing anything irregular one could give erronious answers.
I guess they already know where you've been so if you say differently they'll be all over you.

The fellow in question (in OP) was 'loitering' about Northern France/Belgium for a few weeks as there was something wrong with the dogs' doco, so I guess his movements would seem suspicious.
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