Whilst driving through France last year (in a car) I came across a police check point that was only pulling over campers and motorhomes.
Does anyone know why?
Does anyone know why?
I have seen the French police at the Spanish border one time pulling in lots of caravans, they were weighing them. Doing a thorough job too, it looked like they were weighing the nose weights as they were un hitching them.
Hoy i used to be one
Many happy years as one as well but vans dent to easily and with 2 Great Danes and balsa wood furniture life expectancy of a van was very limited (plus of course a 19 stoner siting gently down after one beer to many)
customs were stopping folks on the spanish side but the french 'border' post was deserted last time we went through (spain to france) andorra.They often stop people coming out of Andorra to check for cigs and booze and they confiscate any excess over what they consider reasonable.
I assume by French Police you mean the Gendarmes. What they call random checks are regular here; at least twice a year we will be stopped for paperwork check and breathalyser you must carry your insurance, log book (carte gris) and driving license (there is not an option to produce them later)
Thanks for the information re documents you must carry, we had no idea you had to carry the log book! Do you need an international licence as well?? We are also surprised about them weighing the motorhome, how can you possibly know how much it weighs? Do they weigh it with you (and our two dogs) in it?
Is there anything else we need to carry for France and Spain? we will be setting off in the spring and dont want to drop a major clanger, especially if gendarmes and fines are involved.
Ginny and Michael
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Re; second pair of spectacles.
I was stopped in Spain and asked to produce my spare pair of glasses, the police would only accept the second pair if they where of the same focal quality as the originals, ie. if you are wearing bi-focal glasses they would not accept reading or distance glasses as the backup pair, fortunately I had a spare pair of bi-focal.