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Shocked family return from camping holiday in France to find a stowaway had clung to their motorhome for 300 miles
A family returned home from trip to France to find a Sudanese stowaway had clung to the underside of their motor-home
for four days.
The refugee snuck on board the camper van when they returned from a two-week family holiday on the continent.
The family believe the man clung to the axle near Caen in Normandy, then held on for the 200 miles to Calais, then during the cross-channel ferry trip, and then
extra 100 miles back to their home in Essex.
THIS INFORMATION IS ONLY A GUIDE AND WE MAKE NO GUARANTEES TO IT'S ACCURACY
PLEASE MAKE YOUR OWN CHECKS BEFORE MAKING ANY JOURNEY TO OR ACROSS FRANCE
FIAT RECALL NOTICE
Recall number R/2018/038
Possible fault. Intercooler sleve may detach from the throttle body
Chassis numbers affected VIN start number 02781370 to VIN end number 02F64300
Build dates 17/02/16 to 03/09/17
Fiat recall notice;
Possble faulty EGR pipe on vehicles within chassis no 02A59559 to 02F21177
A total of 1336 vehicles affected. Owners should have had a letter from Fiat advising them of the recall.
There is I understand some delays on parts availability,
Carriage of Passengers in
Statement from the Department of Transport
This document provides general
guidance and advice on the legislative requirements in Great Britain relating to the carriage of people in campervans. Every effort has been made to ensure that it is factually correct but recipients
should check with the producers of this document if they are unsure about the validity of a particular regulation after the date of publication or if they have reason to believe any part is not
correct or is now out of date.
Although it is not specifically
illegal to travel in the accommodation area of a campervan, you should bear in mind that this area would not have been specifically designed for use when travelling and Regulation 100
of the Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986 (SI 1986 No.
1078) may apply. This requires: a motor vehicle, and all its parts and accessories;
the number of passengers carried, and the manner in which any passengers are carried in or on a vehicle; and
the weight, distribution, packing and adjustment of the load of a vehicle, to be at all times such that no danger is caused, or is likely to be caused, to any person in or on a vehicle or on a road.
Further to this, Section 40a
of The Road Traffic Act 1988 (as amended by Section 8 of the Road Traffic Act 1991)
Part II, Using a Vehicle in a Dangerous Condition, states
A person is guilty of an offence if he uses, or causes or permits another to
use, a motor vehicle or trailer on a road when:
(a) the condition of the motor
vehicle or trailer, or of its accessories (b) the purpose for which it is used; or
the number of passengers carried by it, or the manner in which or equipment; or they are carried; which it
(d) the weight, position or
distribution of its load, or the manner in secured; is such that the use of the motor vehicle or trailer
involves a danger of injury to any person.
Our advice is that passengers are
safest in a forward or rearward facing seat equipped with a
three- point seat belt. Seat belt anchorage points should be designed so that they will be capable of
withstanding the high forces of an impact and seat belts must comply with the latest British or European standards and be marked accordingly with either the 'e', 'E' or BS 'Kitemark'. We strongly
recommend that they are professionally installed by qualified persons (such as a commercial garage or seatbelt specialist).
Although side facing seats,
with or without seat belts, are not illegal, we would not advise that they are used. This is because seat belts are not designed to be used with such seats. In the event of an accident, seat belts on
these side facing seats may help to prevent the wearer being thrown around the vehicle or from being ejected, but in a frontal crash they can increase injury risk by subjecting vulnerable parts of
the body to higher loads than seat belts used on forward facing seats.
If you intend to carry
children aged 12 years or under, the seat belt wearing regulations require them to use a suitable child restraint. You should bear in mind that child restraints cannot be fitted to side facing seats.
In order to fit the required child restraints, you would need to have forward or rearward facing seats with full three-point seat belts.
Whilst there is no specific legal
limit to the number of passengers carried, the manufacturer will probably specify the maximum number that the vehicle is designed for and if that is exceeded,
Regulation 100 of
the Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986
or Section 40a of The Road Traffic Act 1991 may
again apply. It is therefore important that you also confirm the number of passengers and the manner in which they will be carried with your insurance
The requirements for child car seat
use can be viewed at: http://www.dft.gov.uk/think/focusareas/children/childincar?whoareyou_id=&page=Overview.
If you require any further
information regarding the content of this information sheet, please contact the DfT at the address below:
International Vehicle Standards
Department for Transport
Zone 1/34, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P
Telephone: 020 7944
Fax: 020 7944 2196
MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FROM TRUMA WHICH COULD AFFECT YOU AND YOUR MOTORHOME – FIND OUT NOW WHAT YOU NEED TO
Truma UK has informed motorhome owners of a
potential safety problem with gas filter cups fitted since the start of 2012. The gas filter cup is located between the gas bottle and the regulator. We decided to relay this
call. A faulty processing in the manufacturer's supply chain has resulted in the possibility of a
material fault in the windows of the gas filter cup. This can allow gas to escape freely into the atmosphere via the cylinder box. In unfavourable circumstances, this might cause gas deflagration and
injuries, although Truma wants to state that it is not aware of any cases where this has happened. To avoid
any risks, Truma has therefore decided to replace all filter cups in the market with a new version. The rest of the filter body assembly is unaffected and will not impact on anything surrounding or
connected to it, such as the hose or the regulator. The probability that the material fault will present
itself is very low; however, motorhome owners who have a Truma gas filter fitted in their vehicle must take the following precautions:
- Shut down the gas system
- Contact your dealer or Truma and order new
filter cups free-of-charge
- Replace old filter cups with new
Customers can replace the cups quickly and easily themselves. The gas supply needs to be
closed before the part is replaced. Then the old filter cup can be unscrewed – like when replacing the filter cartridge – and the new filter cup screwed on.
To see how it’s done, watch this helpful
To order a new filter cup, please click here. Or to contact your nearest Truma dealer or service partner, click here.
We recommend you to address the manufacturer if you are
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