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Thought that all those sad stories about UK are only some sort of bad propaganda in the yellow press. Is it really like this?
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Thought that all those sad stories about UK are only some sort of bad propaganda in the yellow press. Is it really like this?
Yes, they are written by Chinese Government agents in revenge to the sabotage of the Olympic Games.
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No -The Uk is great.

I love it! Maybe I am having a 'half full' day though
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I don't think you've told us the full story here but I'll humour you.

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To you first question, Craig76; at least I am sure that it was neither Gestapo nor Stasi. First of all since they do not exist any more and second since none of those organisations task was some sort of trafic-control. Third, nobody except you brought the "methods" of the British Police near to the other two organisations you have mentioned. But I must admit: I have no experience with the British Police and cannot comment on their "methods".
My point is that you said...

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Most of the locals were too scared of the police to get involved.
...which is quite frankly horseshit.

The British Police tend to be quite amicable if you know how to deal with them. Thank you for informing me that the Gestapo and Stasi are no longer in existence. I'll let you know if I need a history lesson.

My second point is that 3rd party insurance is compulsory in the UK, as is a valid licence. I'm just about to pay out £400 UK pounds for insurance on my 12 year old Alfa Romeo. I have a clean licence, no penalty points and no criminal records. My insurance as well the insurance payments of every other law abiding driver in the UK is going up every year to cover the payouts to individuals and families affected by incidents involving uninsured drivers. I've paid for the right to have an opinion on this so don't lecture me or anyone else about how things should be in a country you don't even live in.

I'm in full agreement with Tony P. Your mate is a muppet. He either didn't do his research before travelling or chose to deliberately ignore the legal requirements of the countries he was travelling through. I suspect it is the latter so I have no sympathy at all for him. And while on the subject, insurers take a very dim view of anyone prosecuted for driving uninsured. If the police do take action, it will be very unlikely he'll be able to get cover so he's effectively lost his car.
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So can I summarise this so far?

Marc is a fool and an idiot (or not).
Fastship hates the UK and all who sail in her.
Fastship doesn't know the full facts about the Brazilian incident.
The British Police are heavy handed and lazy gits.
The UK Customs and Immigration don't do their job properly.
There are great wadges of information out there on the legal requirements for a vehicle in the UK.
Opinions are split as to whether you should be able to get away with breaking the law of that land, or not.
Jersey residents are too rich anyway.

Ok so far?
Sorry for the interruption, pray continue.

For my pennies worth - after a very good mate of mine was killed on his bike by an uninsured and disqualified driver, causing his wife and newly born kid untold distress, I applaud the actions of the fine (unarmed, generally helpful, polite and uncorrupt) Police.
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I've paid for the right to have an opinion on this so don't lecture me or anyone else about how things should be in a country you don't even live in.
Dear Craig; it is new to me that you have to pay to have the right to tell your opinion. I have spent a good part of my life in a part of the world where it is not always easy to tell his opinion in an open way - and so I hope that in UK you still can have your opinion without paying for it.

Please tell me, why one should not be allowed to have an opinion and to tell it about a country he is not living in? What are you and all the others mainly discussing in this forum? About the country you are living in?

And - please - stay correct: I have clearly said that I have no experience with your police and therefore cannot comment on their methods; true or not?
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Great stuff! I didn't realise there is a slightest chance for such a trivial subject to make people come out of the woodwork and offer opinion and advice. The more so as it has nothing to do with Sahara travel.
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... The more so as it has nothing to do with Sahara travel.
Oh yes, it has very mucho to do:
it seems that the guy was in the Sahara before going to the UK.
I think that that is more than enough.

BTW, what about a thread about Iran's nuclear programme?
The Touareg conflict has lots to do with the uranium mines in Arlit.

Please moderators, move this to another section of the forum (please don't delete it).
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onlyMARK - I absolutely adore this country and will defend it with my life which is why I am so distressed that those who did actually defend it with their lives (including many ANZACS) are being betrayed by those who are only too willing to give away the freedoms they fought and died for.

I know as many facts about Jean Charles de Menezes being summarily executed by "fine unarmed(!), generally helpful, polite and uncorrupt British police" as anyone.

You must be able to infer from KUNO2 in the way he writes and what he says "I have spent a good part of my life in a part of the world where it is not always easy to tell his opinion in an open way" that he may just be from one of those places which did not have the freedoms so many people in this country are so casually prepared to give away, even demand that they are taken away in fact.

This thread is absolutely on topic in this forum as some of us are going to the Sahara and would hope to be treated with more compassion there than this guy seems to be here. He had good intentions, he ought to have been insured but he wasn't. It's everything that happened after that is just wrong.

We are all travellers and should treat fellow travellers in our country as we would hope to be treated in theirs. The contrast between the hospitality I have received from people in places who had no reason to be friendly to me or any Brit and the downright hostility I see towards this guy here outrages me but sadly, is eloquent testimony to modern Britain. You should all be ashamed. I try to respect the laws of the countries I travel in but would be horrified to be treated in the way this guy was in mine. For it to happen in my own country simply confirms some of the things that have gone wrong with this country as does the way he is being attacked in this forum.

Craig76 - explain to me why I have trouble getting insurance because after paying up to £1200 per year fully comp. and having two GSXR's and one Fireblade stolen over a period of little more than three years it's my fault?

KONO2 - you said: "Thought that all those sad stories about UK are only some sort of bad propaganda in the yellow press. Is it really like this?" well judge for yourself from some of the opinions expressed here.

Only in tonight's evening newspaper where I live was there an article boasting that my city would soon have the most advanced CCTV mass surveillance network of cameras not just of any UK city but of any city anywhere in the world AND THEY WERE ACTUALLY BOASTING OF THIS!

I'm just waiting now for someone to respond with the "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear" line...

As one wise American once said "People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security.

I hope you friend does come back to the UK, it is the most beautiful, diverse and interesting island in the world and most of the people are liberal, laidback and welcoming. Unfortunately there are a great many who are xenophobic freedom hating arseholes - but we got 'em on the run!
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There are two sorts of country as far as insurance is concerned - those where it is a legal requirement and where failure to comply with this requirement is dealt with harshly and those where insurance is for all intents and purposes meaningless.

The UK, Europe, and North America certainly falls into the first category. (Arguably the UK economy is based on crappy service industries like insurance). Not to drive with insurance is therefore very unwise and I don't think anyone really has much sympathy for Marc. I must admit that I have ridden and driven in countries where insurance is less of an issue but that is something you weigh up before you go and pay the consequences for if you get caught without it.

Sadly insurance premiums are not going up as a result of uninsured people having accidents. They are going up because as soon as the garage knows it is an "insurance job" it doubles the quote and that anyone involved knows that "where there's blame there's a claim" and comes down with life threatening whiplash injuries that take the lawyers years to sort out. I'm the most cynical skeptic as far as insurance is concerned.

For most people, the police in the UK tend to be quite fair compared to say the US and the gestapo. However I must say that crushing seized cars is outrageous - "put it on e-bay" (to quote a certain A Hitler on that great You Tube vid that's doing the rounds) and give the money to a good cause. On the whole you get away with a lot in the UK because the police are busy filling in forms and laws don't really get enforced. In fact the ones that do tend to be easy pickings rather than the more serious ones and for this reason many people are disillusioned with the police forces in the UK.

Most amusing thread this one............
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onlyMARK As one wise American once said "People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security.
Although I assume that I will be the only one, who does not know, who said this - I dare to ask the name of this person?

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I had asked once a chap in another country, where the gouvernment just recently started to erect this ugly cameras at each and every corner, if he fears that... "No," he said "if you see how our gouvernment is maintaining the rest of its installations, you can be sure that it will either never work or suffer a serious breakdown very soon. And be sure that the men behind the screens will either not be on duty, sleeping or just be busy with something else." This was at least near to the SAHARA ;-)

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And this has just happened IN the SAHARA: An accident left two foreigners badly injured (although insured!) at a remote spot amidst the sand dunes.

Though having full insurance for their vehicles and a contract for re-patriation with a medical flight, permission to have access to the best hospitals in the world - they had a problem. There was no doctor, no hospital and no LG for the foreign medi-plane to land. Such kind of insurance is not useless but it could not help them in their bad situation.

First aid was given by one of their comrades. Then somebody contacted their Embassy (one with only a very few people belonging to a very small and unimportant country). The employee of the Embassy, until long after the regular office hours, managed to contact the airforce of the "bad country" and could convince them to send a chopper for help.
Before I bother you too long with the story: I asked, what would be charged to those unlucky travellers... "Well," was the answer "Tourists often don't know the rules of the desert and bring themselves in a bad situation. But we want them to bring back home a good impression and we were asked for help. Normally we do not charge this."

I know, the situation is naturally not comparable with the one Marc was in. People coming to developped countries can easily inform themselfes in the I-net etc. and they have to follow the rules. Therefore we can separate between the "First" and the other worlds.
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Really really enjoyed this thread... couldn't help myself.... it's like an illness or something... I have to reply!

Police - UK Police - what a really really fine bunch of men. Seriously, what a fantastic body of people who do such a tuff job. You meet the occasional arse - but you get that everywhere. Obviously being bikers we're slightly more likely to be pulled by her majesties finest - and in all those times I've never been treated with anything but respect and patience - even when pulled over for being really rather silly... obviously they respectfully and patiently give me a ticket and some points..... but that was my own fault... how could I possibly turn around and blame the police for enforcing the law of the land?

The last time I got pulled was for turing down a 'no left turn' street - I didn't see the sign but I did it right in front of a police car - unsurprisingly got pulled over and given a penalty ticket for £30 - wanted to argue - didn't see the sign - walked back up the street and I swear it's the biggest sign you've ever seen - how I missed it I'll never know... but does that mean I shouldn't have to pay the fine? Is it right that we start to allow the police force the discretion on wether or not someone has broken the law? Isn't that starting to put the judiciary and police force into the same body? I find that rather disturbing.

And bringing the tube shooting into this thread is really rather silly - what on earth has it got to do with driving without insurance? However - I know I know - I'm going to respond.

I'm not going to get into the details of that incident as I believe you mentioned it as a demonstration of how bad our police are. What I could do here now is go through a list of how fantastic the British police are - I suspect I'll find a lot more of those than you'll find shooting of innocent people.

In fact let's take the metropolitan area of London for a moment. Last year armed officers in our capital drew weapons less than 30 times. 30 times in the whole year. They were discharged 5 times. 3 of those resulted in death. These are hardly the statistics of a corrupt and dangerous police force. I'm not saying what happened on the tube was 'right' I am agreeing it was totally wrong - what I am saying is it's not indicative of the British police force - more so of the British special services - and frankly I don't have the information on how many times MI5 and the other special services dew weapons in this country and having had no dealings with them I certainly can't comment on how 'corrupt' they are - my own feelings? I doubt it very much.

Annnnyway. (home run now)

If I'm traveling anywhere the most basic research I do is what I 'need' in order to travel in the country. When entering Russia what documents do I need? When I cross the border into Morocco what is expected?

Then I weigh up the 'value' of each of those things against the consequences of not having them. So my Russian visa - very very important consequence of not having it? Not getting in the country.

Russian Insurance? Value is small, consequences if I don't have it? It'll cost me more at the road side to deal with than at the border - may as well get it.

EU countries... Insurance? Legal requirement. Consequences if I don't have it? Car will get crushed. Guess what I'm going to do?

I've not met Marc, I've not got the whole story, and it wouldn't be fair for me to comment on his individual circumstances - perhaps the whole thing played out as stated in the first post - perhaps the first post was written from a slightly biased point of view - perhaps the police were beastly. Who knows for sure?

One thing I am sure of, if Marc comes back to an EU country again, he'll make damn sure he has a relevant license and insurance.
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This episode exposes the nasty authoritarian streak that run through British society but I remember when the helmet laws were introduced in this country and there was one eccentric old guy riding a Honda 50 who persistently ignored the law and spent many of his later years in prison as a consequence. He said it wasn't the helmet that was the issue, it was freedom of choice, the thin end of the wedge. How we mocked him then. Then one day I woke up in a country that puts four year old little girls under surveillance and can criminalise you for putting too much rubbish in your bin. How sad.
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Dear Craig; it is new to me that you have to pay to have the right to tell your opinion. I have spent a good part of my life in a part of the world where it is not always easy to tell his opinion in an open way - and so I hope that in UK you still can have your opinion without paying for it.
Read my post again. Insurance is a legal requirment but costs are rising in the UK. Therefore, the knock on effect is that driving without insurance is also on the increase. It's a chicken and egg situation really. When these uninsured drivers crash into insured drivers, the insurer of the legal driver has to pay out huge amounts of cash in the litigation that follows, most of it in legal costs rather than compensation. The knock on effect is that your insurance costs go up and if you're staying fully legal, you're paying for the people that choose not to bother. Effectively, we are subsidising these people so they can go on their merry way with no insurance. This is what I mean when I say we've paid with our hard earned cash for that right to have a opinion.

The point overall is that even if we go to France for a long weekend, we get headlamp converters, carry 1st aid kits, hi-vis waistcoat, spare bulbs and fuses, check our insurance covers us, read up on different traffic laws such as speed limits, etc. We make an effort to ensure we stay as legal as possible in a country in which we are a guest. I don't see what your problem is. Your mate chose to break the law in countries he was visiting and got caught. It's sad that this ruined his trip but how is it anyone's fault except his own?

Fastship, I was recently quoted £1300 for an Aprilia RSV-R so I know how you feel. My mate had an old YZF750 taken from his garage and dragged over the roof's of both his and his wife's car. Try filling out the claims forms for that little lot.
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