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Old 17.07.2014, 12:23
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So, when I drive my UK plated car in Switzerland....can I get away with speeding/ parking tickets etc? :-)
I have been flashed in Zurich months ago in a company car.....never heard a thing. 'crossed fingers'
When I was driving my GR plated car in ZH, I thought that giving my info to the Customs Office would mean that when I was getting flashed I would get a letter.

One sunny noon outside ETH, I walked to my parking spot only to see this:



Turns out that Stadtpolizei was passing by, checked the plates on their system (since they were old GR ones, they look kinda dodgy), and found an outstanding sum of 360CHF (two speeding, a right turn from the middle lane way past midnight, and a stop after the line on a red light), so they clamped my car.
Later I gave my details to the police and they created an entry for my car, so when I was caught doing an extraordinary 51 at a 50 (after the accuracy deduction), they knew exactly where to send me the ticket. As they also did for numerous parking tickets.


So despite the fact that fines on GR plates don't go to Greece, if you rack up the bill you will face consequences here. And they will also check the plates on a random checkpoint if you're stopped for a routine check or whatever.
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Old 17.07.2014, 15:04
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When I was driving my GR plated car in ZH, I thought that giving my info to the Customs Office would mean that when I was getting flashed I would get a letter.

One sunny noon outside ETH, I walked to my parking spot only to see this:



Turns out that Stadtpolizei was passing by, checked the plates on their system (since they were old GR ones, they look kinda dodgy), and found an outstanding sum of 360CHF (two speeding, a right turn from the middle lane way past midnight, and a stop after the line on a red light), so they clamped my car.
Later I gave my details to the police and they created an entry for my car, so when I was caught doing an extraordinary 51 at a 50 (after the accuracy deduction), they knew exactly where to send me the ticket. As they also did for numerous parking tickets.


So despite the fact that fines on GR plates don't go to Greece, if you rack up the bill you will face consequences here. And they will also check the plates on a random checkpoint if you're stopped for a routine check or whatever.
That's food for thought, luckily I don't have the company car anymore...or the company :-)


I'll just continue to play the tourist as I live both in the UK and in CH and have a UK licence/ UK plated car all registered to my house in the UK....which is handy as I am usually driving a CH registered car in the UK and registered in CH too......so far, its working!! :-)


It's complicated....don't ask.
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Old 17.07.2014, 15:09
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Re: UK Parking Ticket

I've worked with quite a few brits who thought there swiss speeding and parking tickets wouldn't catch up with them. They did, either at the boarder, at the airport, at there house, or clamped when they parked in zurich

and they also piled on extra costs for finding, interest etc etc
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Border airport clamped etc fine... then u have little choice. If a letter to uk there is no agreement.
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I have just received in the post, a demand for a UK parking ticket from August 2013.
The letter has London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in top left hand corner and then the entire letter is in German demanding 209 CHF - to be paid to Euro Parking Collection plc, with an ING Switzerland bank account provided.
I am wondering if there is now an enforcement policy in place, or could I get away with popping this in the recycling
This happened to us about 3 years ago. 5 min late to our parked car in Tunbridge Wells, fine on the windscreen, didn't think twice about it as we had Swiss plates. Three months later we received a bill at our address in CH. We ignored it!! Two months later we received a second bill, with increased fine!
Pay it!!
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Re: UK Parking Ticket

They can put 1 million francs on it if they want.. the figure is irrelevant. It depends if it's enforceable.

If people are in doubt ask on pepipoo.com

Anything from euro means that its been sold to a private company and they are chasing in the hope that people panic and pay... dont be fooled.
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Guess it was a private clamping firm? You know you can sue online and reclaim upto 6 years if u have .
I was think getting rid of proper police Parking Wardens in Eng/cym was replacing them with on-commission private firms was a big mistake; proper police Parking wardens had the power to use discretion on when to ticket versus leaving a warning note, as they saw fit.
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This happened to us about 3 years ago. 5 min late to our parked car in Tunbridge Wells, fine on the windscreen, didn't think twice about it as we had Swiss plates. Three months later we received a bill at our address in CH. We ignored it!! Two months later we received a second bill, with increased fine!
Pay it!!
Same happened to us some years ago too with our swiss registered car when we stayed at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone. I had parked in the nearby NCP paying a hefty overnight fee and at just before 08:00 in the moning I parked at the back of the hotel at a meter (without feeding it) and quickly went to pick up the luggage and the family. When I got back to the car no more than 10 minutes later there was a ticket on the car.

Disgusted, I ripped it up and drove off. A few weeks later a copy arrived at our house with an added fee which also suffered the same fate.

The process continued a couple more times until the total amount was around 160 so when the fourth of fifth reminder came, this time I didn't trash it but wrote "No longer living at this place - please return" in big red ink and sent it back.

Never heard from them again!
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Re: UK Parking Ticket

Tried an experiment. Left the car on a single yellow in a controlled parking zone last week as the residents bays were full (I have a visitors permit). Was towed that same day, had to pay the ticket and the release fee.

Wonder if it was towed because they thought (rightly) that I would not pay the ticket? Councils can apparently tow you for any parking violation if they see fit, this was London Borough of Hounslow.

At least they made the retrieval easy - I had none of the documents they normally ask for as the car is in my wife's name and she is in Portugal.
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Re: UK Parking Ticket

There is a very good chance they cocked up the paperwork. .. post over on pepipoo council section and you could get your cash back.
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Councils are missing out on millions of pounds every year because foreign drivers are not paying parking fines, the Local Government Association says.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28616846
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Re: UK Parking Ticket

I've always assumed that parking fines would have to be followed up by civil courts as they aren't offences. Presumably there's nothing stopping UK councils selling the debt to Intrum Justicia and letting them send their gorillas to come and hastle you?
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I've always assumed that parking fines would have to be followed up by civil courts as they aren't offences. Presumably there's nothing stopping UK councils selling the debt to Intrum Justicia and letting them send their gorillas to come and hastle you?
absolutely.

and there's nothing stopping you not paying. Which is why foreign cars are now more likely to get clamped by the local authority.
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I've always assumed that parking fines would have to be followed up by civil courts as they aren't offences. Presumably there's nothing stopping UK councils selling the debt to Intrum Justicia and letting them send their gorillas to come and hastle you?
Not offences but are legal penalties resulting inrecovrry orders and bailiffs. .. not to be confused with debt collectors who have ZERO legal standing or powers.
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Re: UK Parking Ticket

2 August 2014 - BBC NEWS

Foreign drivers owe 'millions' in unpaid fines

Councils are missing out on millions of pounds every year because foreign drivers are not paying parking fines, the Local Government Association says.

European vehicles can be driven on UK roads for six months before being registered, with any parking offences committed in this period not recorded.

UK councils say tens of thousands of pounds in unpaid fines are lost each month as car owners cannot be traced.

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Aaahhhh my heart bleeds.. parking patawayu just has to look a bit harder to scam someone then .
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It's all explained here, https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/pa...132702568.html Thu, Jul 31, 2014
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EURO PARKING COLLECTION PLC
UNIT 6, SHEPPERTON HOUSE
83-93 SHEPPERTON ROAD
LONDON
N1 3DF
Company No. 03515275

Looks like it's a UK company with lots of links to many "authorities" and are empowered to send an invitation to pay by those "authorities".

I would recommend filling out the form to exclude your details from the e-autoindex.
Do you have a link to the website where the form can be downloaded?
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Re: UK Parking Ticket

This seems like a good thread to post a recommendation for this company:


www.AppealParkingTicket.co.uk


A trip to the UK earlier this year was followed by a traffic violation notice (parking on private land). I had overstayed the time limit in the hotel car park where I was staying. The hotel staff had told me it was ok to park there so the fine didn't seem fair. I contacted the above company, paid them GBP16 and they organised for the violation to be annulled. I read all the posts about legal basis etc but I didn't want to keep receiving demand notices in the post.
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Re: UK Parking Ticket

If you had a swiss car you just pissed away 16 for nothing.
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