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Word of warning re speeding in France

I always understood that France and Switzerland did not have a reciprocal agreement on speeding infringements so if you were flashed in France you would be in the clear. However, after a trip to France a couple of weeks ago I came home to a speeding ticket (122 kph on a 110-that-used-to-be-130 stretch of motorway - but hands up, no arguments). So, you have been warned!
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Re: Word of warning re speeding in France

It pays to read EF to be up to date on bilateral agreements

Bilateral Speeding fines
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Re: Word of warning re speeding in France

Is it true what they say about getting speeding tickets in France based on Toll Booth timings?
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Is it true what they say about getting speeding tickets in France based on Toll Booth timings?
Don't know, but I was pulled over at a toll booth in France and given an on-the-spot fine of Euros 40 for speeding in the preceding stretch (and that was about 5 years' ago)
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Is it true what they say about getting speeding tickets in France based on Toll Booth timings?
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Old 10.05.2011, 14:49
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So put your foot down and if you don't hit traffic then stop at one of the Aires for a cuppa.
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Don't know, but I was pulled over at a toll booth in France and given an on-the-spot fine of Euros 40 for speeding in the preceding stretch (and that was about 5 years' ago)
By a policeman or by the Toll Booth attendant?
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By a policeman or by the Toll Booth attendant?
A policeman - he had been waiting for me at the booth and stood right in front of me as I drove through and beckoned me aside.
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So put your foot down and if you don't hit traffic then stop at one of the Aires for a cuppa.
Ahh yes the Italian method

Mentioning no names I know of at least one EF member caught in France and a 600 euro fine handed out. Then marched to the nearest cashpoint..

No names....honest.
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Re: Word of warning re speeding in France

maximum fine in france is 92 euros
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maximum fine in france is 92 euros
http://www.octanegossip.com/driving-...nce-big-fines/

More than 50 kilometres over the limit, big fine, instant ban for six months”

Eh yeah, right..

Trying to find the table

further down the thread forgive the mondeo man..

Mondeo Man March 6, 2011 at 7:25 am

Sorry to rake an old post, but this happened to me last night on the A16. 194km/h in a 130km/h stretch in my trusty Mondeo, which right now, sits at a Peage for the A29.

Because it was Saturday night, and no banks were open, we couldn’t pay the fine, and even if we could, my passenger had no driving licence. We managed to get 600€ on various credit and debit cards.

When we couldn’t pay, the Gendarme shrugged in a Gallic fashion and stated “zis is not my prrrroblem, your car rest ‘ere”.


Fortunately, I wasn’t too far from my French apartment (I didn’t let on to the Gendarme I had a French address) wisely according to my landlord, who rescued me from the Peage, 40 miles away.
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More than 50 kilometres over the limit, big fine, instant ban for six months”

Eh yeah, right..

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more than 50kms is court case and not instant fine. instant fine only works up to abt 160km per hr or 30km over limit on mway, owise for 60km immediate seize of permit and a nice day in a french court room
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more than 50kms is court case and not instant fine. instant fine only works up to abt 160km per hr or 30km over limit on mway, owise for 60km immediate seize of permit and a nice day in a french court room
Well not according to x4 versions on that site, yes maybe if you live in France, but if you don't?

Instant justice perhaps, same applies in NL btw.
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Good grief, it seems that I was let off lightly! Must have been because my husband advised me to put my shoulders back as I wound down the window ...
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Well not according to x4 versions on that site, yes maybe if you live in France, but if you don't?

Instant justice perhaps, same applies in NL btw.
if you live in france they invite you stay overnight and breakfast with them, for foreigners its a court case and a return trip to the place of the infraction.either way the gendarmes (in my experience) can only apply the maximum fine of 92 eur and then its a take away the licence and see you in court.
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if you live in france they invite you stay overnight and breakfast with them, for foreigners its a court case and a return trip to the place of the infraction.either way the gendarmes (in my experience) can only apply the maximum fine of 92 eur and then its a take away the licence and see you in court.
So why did x4 people pay 500 euro + walk away minus a driving license I might add? With no court showing?

Tall stories?

more on Mondeo man, seems 750 was a down payment

http://www.completefrance.com/cs/for.../ShowPost.aspx

Seems it's now 135 Euro

http://www.321auto.com/Juridique/Inf...raventions.asp
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So why did x4 people pay 500 euro + walk away minus a driving license I might add? With no court showing?

Tall stories?

more on Mondeo man

http://www.completefrance.com/cs/for.../ShowPost.aspx
dunno, best ask them i spose
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Re: Word of warning re speeding in France

What often happens is that if you have a nice car and look like you can afford it - they'll offer you the chance to pay a lower fine, say 92eur, and then also make a donation to a local charity.

That charity donation will mean that you get to keep your licence and your car - and not have to revisit them.

250eur was the suggested donation amount a couple of years ago - apparently.
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http://www.completefrance.com/cs/for...t.aspx#1785109

Now we get there.

Get caught >50kmh you get marched to nearest cashpoint 750 Euro removed from your pocket , licence removed as a downpayment on a subsequent court case.

Its the french plods taking stand before you get roasted in court.
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Re: Word of warning re speeding in France

Here is the menu for traffic fines in France:

http://www.controleradar.org/contraventions.html

concerning the points withdrawal, my experience is that you can sometimes avoid them by admitting guilt and a solemn promise never to do it again!

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