Check underneath your van if UK bound.

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  1. Kim H

    Kim H Funster Life Member

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    We've received this warning through another forum and thought it worth sharing.


    "Just returned via Calais from a long European trip. While emptying and
    tiding up van after the trip at home my wife commented that there appeared
    to be wires or cables hanging down underneath van. Upon investigation I got
    an awful shock as I may have been the unwilling accomplice to the
    importation of an illegal immigrant!!!

    Above the rear beam axle (Fiat Base) was a complex series of old string,
    rope and electrical wire attached to the roll bar, beam axle and the straps
    that hold the waste water tank to form a sort of nest. There were also
    signs that it had been used, as areas of the roll bar and axle were very
    shiny from foot or hand holds and the straps holding the waste water tank
    to which parts of the contraption were attached, were bent.

    Quite how or where it was done is a mystery. The only time we left the van
    was for the booze shop at Auchan. It might have been done at the Aire
    where we stopped overnight for the ferry in the morning but we were in the
    van the whole time and heard nothing! The extensive and increased security
    checks at Calais picked up nothing even though we had to open the toilet
    and garage doors to let the French Army examine.

    I didn't exactly hang about on the drive back either nor did I stop
    anywhere from leaving the ferry - was someone still there or had they
    already left or fallen out? Given the penalties drivers face for carrying
    illegal immigrants its all a bit frightening.

    I strongly recommend all members with Fiat based vans to check underneath
    at the rear before turning up at the ferry or tunnel"
     
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  2. Rita and Andrew

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    Yes that is worth doing, and we will do, however I think it best to wait till you are at the check points with security and look then, lest the chap, or chaps get shirty for being discovered.
     
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    I think the problem there is that if they are discovered at the check point, then the driver is liable. Mostly, I believe (strongly only I believe), if still on French soil then they are just released but whether any liability for the driver transporting them is a different matter.
    There was a programme where the driver had become aware of his extra load and informed accordingly and got a £20k fine for his troubles.
     
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    On one of our trips back to the UK using the tunnel a year or so ago, we found a young chap hanging on underneath the back of our Autosleeper. He had climbed up while we were parked at the pet passport car park, which thankfully now is inside the security perimeter.
    Our Beagle found him and I told him to get out. No hassle from him, he walked away, probably to try another van
     
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    Probably the remnants of an attempt at 'gassing'! :D

    KH
     
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  6. Rita and Andrew

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    Run a couple of bared cables along the axle, insulated from the casting, and plug into the inverter. (y)

    Then just await a large portion of Southern Fried Syrian. :)
     
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    You are only "liable" if you are a professional or commercial driver. As private vehicles/holiday makers, illegals are just something to annoy you.
     
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    now the pet passport compound is secure getting the dog to check under is something we actually look forward to..
     
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    Where's all those sleeping policemen when you need them.
     
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    Stop that right now:LOL:
     
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    We saw a unsavoury character lurking around our van in France last year. :france:We challenged him and on seeing our motorhome fun stickers he replied...... no I was not trying to hide under your van..... and added.......... do you think I want to get gassed and lose my Rolex..... :Eeek:
     
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