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Help Section » Help / Advice » Yesterday 9:29 am

eezyrider
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As per my post above, send them as much info as possible. Yes, we have had detentions and yes we have had the goods returned. Detention usually happens when there is a delayed interview eg illness or the coach is leaving. It sounds like you've come across a very fair officer who is giving you a chance to convince him the goods are legit. That's very rare these days.

We are having trouble getting SAR's back lately. It's the proper thing to do but not the end of the world if you don't get it.

Help Section » Help / Advice » Yesterday 6:44 am

eezyrider
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Hello wolfy.

Since you were given the opportunity to provide further evidence and not issued with a seizure notice, it sounds as if your goods are currently detained rather than seized. It may also account for the fact that you have not received an answer to your claim.

This at least gives you an opportunity to bomb them with as much info as possible to support your claim. There is a usage calculator on the forum, probably in the help section. This will show what you smoke per day, month and year along with the savings. It is invaluable so long as you get it right eg 14000 is approx 38 per day for 1 person for a year.

Attestations from anyone who regularly receives your gifts can help along with a trip log of journeys over the last 12 months and purchases. Add anything else you can think of but do it quickly before your goods are officially seized.

It is not unusual for a case to be delayed because an officer is absent. We had one case delayed for a year. 

Speakers Corner » A bit more waffle to pass the time..... » 12-7-2018 7:17 pm

eezyrider
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JMK, yes I've used Waze but it's been some time, a couple of years or more. 

I installed it primarily because my Garmin seemed slow to update with French traffic problems, if at all. At the time Waze was slow to load and react to commands. It sounds like it has improved in that time. It was generally difficult to use. I'm not surprised about Google because they use it for their traffic updates or used to.

I'll have to give it another try

Speakers Corner » A bit more waffle to pass the time..... » 11-7-2018 9:22 pm

eezyrider
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Shaky wrote:

OMIGOD.......EEZY's BECOME A NERD 

SSHHHHH. You don't want peeps to think you're an old fart. 

Actually mrs eezy is the gadget queen. Got more black boxes and remotes than a Boeing 747. I call it mission control. My greatest pleasure is if she goes out, she sets the telly up and says now don't touch anything. 'Course I pick up all the remotes and press buttons in the pursuit of further knowledge. By the time she gets back nothing is working 
 

Speakers Corner » A bit more waffle to pass the time..... » 11-7-2018 4:48 pm

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.....before the game starts.

I reckon the manufacturers apps preloaded into new cars these days is amazing, but then it would be compared to my previous 16 year old Mondeo. My smartphone connects to the car and logs every movement including time, distance, fuel consumption, cost of journey and amongst other things directs me back to the car if I lose it in a car park.

We had a horrendous day on Mon coming back through the tunnel. Consequently I was able to use the car app info to see just how long we were stuck in the gridlock. It cost 1litre of petrol to do the 2 miles from arrival to loading.

It took 30 mins from arrival to get through auto check-in to passport control, 2hrs 26 mins on the car park then 45 mins on the loading area before getting on the train. It was the worst experience we've had with tunnel. Sweltering heat in the high twenties.

Speakers Corner » Davis and now BoJo » 09-7-2018 8:38 pm

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I've had a chaotic day of a different sort - 4 hours stuck in a gridlocked Coquelles!

Consequently I'm getting dribs and drabs of this story.Although I voted remain I have to accept we are leaving. It seems to me the top men have had a crack at it but can't find a pathway through the maze. Take Northern Ireland, you cannot possibly have Brexit without a hard border. It's like leaving the back door open. A comparison is Gibraltar.

I don' think there will be an agreement at crunch time.

General Discussion » Waste of time! » 06-7-2018 4:58 pm

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When somebody makes a lengthy post in distress, I, and maybe others, take the time and trouble to reply with the relevant information and then they delete the thread..ARGHHH....

It happens often, particularly when I say there is little or nothing can be done, which is often the case when people don't appeal. If you don't like my answer discuss it like a grown-up. I am tempted these days to be more selective so as not to waste my time. BAHHH.....rant over.

Speakers Corner » Speed limits changing. » 01-7-2018 8:21 pm

eezyrider
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This came into force today.

I'm told that all 90kph zones are now 80kph regardless of what the signs say. The police have stated there will be no period of grace or leeway, if you're over the limit you will be nicked.

Edit 
This does not apply to dual carriageways or autoroutes with a central reservation.

Also if you are caught using a mobile it's an automatic 3 day ban.

General Discussion » goods seized » 01-7-2018 9:52 am

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Forgot to mention there is a cigs and baccy calculator here in case you had not spotted it

http://n2d.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=1910

General Discussion » goods seized » 29-6-2018 9:41 am

eezyrider
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Ant wrote:

i only bought 4,000 ciggies and i gave daughter 2,000 for xmas

Yep, I think I must have added in your latest purchase to the total. So that works even more in your favour.

Good that you paid by card, they can't say you bought goods with cash given to you by a third party. 

A note of caution. Be aware that you cannot receive favours in return for gifts as this is classed as payment eg daughter does the shopping every week so I give her a few cigs.
 

General Discussion » goods seized » 28-6-2018 3:11 pm

eezyrider
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Forgot to ask, did you pay by cash or credit card?

General Discussion » goods seized » 28-6-2018 3:08 pm

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Unless you were interviewed together and have only one seizure notice for all goods, you will each have to send a NOC and each apply for a SAR. That is, if you both want to appeal.

Ok let's try and summarise the purchases. Correct me if I'm wrong. 

Prior to this last trip and after giving away some baccy and cigs, you ended up with 108 pouches and  5200 cigs. If you use 3 pouches in 2 days you probably roll fat fingers at the rate of about 60 per pouch. From 108 pouches you would roll approx 6480 cigs. Add that to your straights (5200) and you have a total of 11680. At your stated usage of 80 per day, as you rightly say, that is about 6 months usage. Those figures are quite credible and according to my partner her dad smoked 80+ per day (before he died of lung cancer!). 

So we've answered about the SOT and we have put together (loosely) a set of calcs which backs up your story. It would be helpful if as warrior says, you could include in your NOC financial proof to support you and maybe a doctors note to say that you are a heavy smoker. Was there any other reasons for the seizure?

If your brother chooses not to fight the case he will be subject to a penalty and duty fine somewhere in the order of £2500. That's from memory so a rough approximation.

General Discussion » goods seized » 28-6-2018 6:47 am

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The following are extracts from a letter to me written by Sir Charles Montgomery and forwarded by my MP. It proves that a SOT or 'Statement of Fact' as he calls it, is a valid and accepted document.

Your officer was simply being a dick in using it against you.

http://i68.tinypic.com/2zg54xi.jpg


http://i68.tinypic.com/bdk2zr.jpg

General Discussion » goods seized » 27-6-2018 8:56 pm

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Noc has to be received by BF within one month. SAR can be done anytime but can take a long time to obtain as they disregard the law. Use recorded del signed for when writing. Keep all records and copies of everything.

BF will have asked you questions such as how many you smoke (80 per day), do you work in a non smoking environment. How many rollups do you get from a pouch and how long does a pouch last. We need these answers to prepare calcs. If by any chance you were not asked we still need answers to prepare an argument.

General Discussion » goods seized » 27-6-2018 7:54 pm

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You'll each have to apply for a SAR. Not sure if we have updated our form but you now need to include a notarised photo. We are having trouble at the moment in getting SAR's off BF. One is currently overdue by about 50 days.

You'll need to send in a NOC and apply for restoration. We can't help much until we know a couple of things such as what did you tell them you smoked per day, how long the goods would last and how many trips you have made. That's just for a start.

General Discussion » goods seized » 27-6-2018 10:42 am

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Busy at the moment so I'll come back later with a full reply and advice. In the meantime someone else may offer an opinion.

Also I'll need to know what trips and purchases you have made in the last 12 months.

General Discussion » SCARY! Anyone heard anything? » 24-6-2018 11:34 pm

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TBD

Dunno about that but a coach was impounded outside Real T for not having correct paperwork until a 1000 euro bond was paid. Warrior sent me this photo which occurred on Saturday. Bear in mind though that this in Belgium not France, but maybe a joint op to harass coaches.

http://i64.tinypic.com/2vigned.jpg

Speakers Corner » Are all government depts a dinosaur? » 14-6-2018 10:32 pm

eezyrider
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You're right about not worth cancelling insurance but in this case there's no prospect of me owning another bike and certainly not within the next 2 years before the NCB expires.

Got 17 years NCB with the bike so will see if I can get it transferred over to the car at next renewal. Only got 8 years on the car. Some insurers give max discount at 5 years though.

Speakers Corner » Are all government depts a dinosaur? » 14-6-2018 9:04 am

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One of our members has just concluded a case which has rolled on 6 years. Unfortunately we did not get the result we wanted this time - but six years?

We have numerous instances of members waiting way past the time allowed for a SAR and there is nothing we can do about it. They couldn't do a better job if they were deliberately stone walling applications.

I currently have a personal issue with DVLA who are no better. I sold my old car and posted by first class the change of ownership the same day, May 25th. On June 1st they still direct debited my account for that month's tax. So I phoned them. I was told don't worry your tax will be refunded. OK but when? ''Well it takes up to 4 weeks to register a change of ownership and then a further 6 weeks to receive your refund''. WTF...10 weeks to get my money back that they defrauded from my account? If it was a private company it would make the national news.
Ah well says the man on the phone, you should have changed ownership online. I bloody well would have if I'd known the facility existed. It didn't when I bought the car and there is nothing on the V5 about it.

So having treated ourselves to a brand new car, I decided the bike was going to be used even less than it already is so I put up an advert. Within 24 hours I had a message saying I want to buy the bike at full asking price. The guy phoned me next day, sent full payment by Paypal for which he paid the charges and arranged a transporter to collect the bike. This time I did change of ownership online which was instant and he taxed the bike straightaway - job done.

Only thing left to do was cancel the insurance. I insured the bike on 4th March for £134. Three months later I cancel and guess what I'm due as a refund? ....13 quid!. Another bloody ripoff. 

They used to say the 2 most stressful things in life were buying a house and divorce. Well I think I can add a couple of other things to the list.........

General Discussion » Houston we have a problem! » 24-5-2018 4:34 pm

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Down at mission control, manned by your admin team, we have our work cut out keeping spammers from joining the forum. The way we do that is by checking a user's IP address to verify new members are UK resident and not from Ukraine, Russia, eastern Europe, Canada, USA etc (and I can assure you that is the only time your IP address is checked). Spammers have even become so prolific that the clue is in their included email address eg spammer21@outlook.com or ********@xyzpharmaceuticals.ca.

Any way we can no longer identify genuine people from spammers because our Forum hosts are no longer supplying a full IP address. The numbers now include 'x' s in the IP. This not only applies to new requests but all existing members no longer display a full IP address. I'm guessing it is something to do with the new DP rules.

Any techies out there know how we can stop spammers but let genuine people in? If this is how it's going to be, expect the forum to be awash with spam otherwise Admin are going to be flat out with deleting it.

 

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