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JWright243

Quite Worried About Bribes

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Being a niave bunch of 20 year olds, my team and I are rather worried by all the talk of bent police and forced bribes, can someone confirm the extent to this, how to deal with it best, and how likely it is to happen on the three routes and where?

Cheers guys,

J

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Hi guys,

First of all, no need to worry too much. Every year teams get through without paying a penny. Yes, as soon as you leave Western Europe behind you will come up against bent cops and border guards. But they are no real threat. The best rule is not to give them an excuse to demand cash -- so don't speed, buy insurance at the borders, etc. And ignore requests for 'presents'. Remember if you pay a border guard, he will want the same from whoever follows on behind. If you have genuinely been caught speeding it is more tricky. Basically, the equation is time vs money. If you are prepared to sit it out, play dumb, be friendly, they will get bored and leave you alone. If you just want to be on your way, and you have committed an offence, then you have the option of paying up. It's all part of the rally experience! Good luck!

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