so that day there was a customs officer who secretly went to the dutch parking lot to open the tank to see who had the tanks to full .because if you decla...red less then you carry ,it was a felony and you had to pay a lot of money ......(the man did this to know which trucks to check) ... one driver had his tank filled to the brim, and parked whit the opposite wheels on the pavement ,so the truck was leaning in the direction of the tank opening .so when the custom officer opened the lid of the fuel tank diesel-oil floated out on to his trousers and in his shoes. ..... so when we told the chief of the customs about him ,,, he could not deny he did it (we could all smell it) ...he got transfered to the polish border .......we never saw him again.
i remember the first time i went to the east ...Czechoslovakia it was.
i had to drive on another company's license because we did not have one . so at the border from Germany to Czechoslovakia, i had to keep the truck out of site ...so no customs officer could see where i really drove for . and because i had never been there i needed some information....so on my way from Dresden to zinnwald (border) i met a danish driver .and asked him what i could do best ...he said ."fol...low me" and so i did.... we went up the hill to zinnwald it is a reasonably big hill so it took a while . and it was 24 years or so ago . so i did not have the biggest truck i would like to have in that situation ...but oke... we got on the top at the border... my danish colleague told me to take all my papers and put 20 Deutsch mark in my passport . and so i did .... i followed him to the customs building . and that was loaded whit truckers from all countries . to cross the border .he said this will take to long so we went to another smaller office . the officer took a quick look at our papers . and my passport . put all the stamps we needed on all the papers . and we could drive on. i never noticed where the 20 marks went . but we crossed the border in 15 minutes ............... i learned a lot that day. .....