Hello. I read a lot of speeding ticket threads, but they mostly seem to be about UK licensed drivers.
I was caught speeding twice (by the same camera!
) near Basel in a 120km/h limit zone, once for 133km/h and once for 155 km/h. Both happened in late June 2007. I have just now(!) (January 2008) received the violation notices in the mail.
The lesser violation was lowered by 6km/h for margin of error, meaning 127/120, or 7km/h over. Fine is CHF 60. The form came with a bank deposit form (zahlschein) to pay the fine, which I cannot use, as I have no EU bank.
The larger violation was lowered by 7km/h for margin of error, meaning 148/120, or 28km/h over. A fine amount was not stated, and the letter I received asks that I identify the driver (who was me), before they proceed. That letter was dated 7 December 2007, and I was supposed to respond within 10 days. However they posted it ECONOMY Stand 2, and I only received it on 17 January 2008. Information I'm finding online seems to indicate that this fine will be CHF 400. 9http://www.motards.ch/main.php?page=...ars/tarifs.php
I have a United States (NY) drivers license, I reside in the USA, and I am a US citizen.
I have several questions:
1) How do I pay the first fine, since I cannot use the zahlschein?
2) If I acknowledge I was the driver on the second ticket, is the CHF 400 fine accurate?
3) Will there by further implications (loss of driving privileges, income deduction even though I have no EU income) to admitting guilt on the second larger violation?
4) Will accepting blame for these violations make it harder for me to rent a car in the EU (typically Germany)? I need to do this often.
5) What would happen if I responded to the second letter by saying someone else was driving? What if that person does not exist?
6) Are there implications about my being late in responding to the second letter?
7) I need to go to Switzerland often. If I need to go before these are resolved, what will happen? I am happy to pay in person in Switzerland too, but I don't want my US license taken away or to be arrested!
Anything else I should know?
I don't mind paying the CHF 400, but I'm fearful of other implications after reading a lot in this Forum.