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Pre-empting a speeding ticket

I was caught by a speed camera driving an English car, the ticket will obviously go to my address in the UK. The problem is that no one is going to be at the address for 3 months. I guess that if I don't pay the fine until April / May the police will have a sense of humour failure. Does anyone know if I can go into the police station, fess up and pay the fine without the actual speeding ticket?
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Old 26.01.2012, 14:15
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Re: Pre-empting a speeding ticket

Can't you do an online mail forwarding with the Royal Mail, you can with Swisspost
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I was caught by a speed camera driving an English car, the ticket will obviously go to my address in the UK. The problem is that no one is going to be at the address for 3 months. I guess that if I don't pay the fine until April / May the police will have a sense of humour failure. Does anyone know if I can go into the police station, fess up and pay the fine without the actual speeding ticket?

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Does anyone know if I can go into the police station, fess up and pay the fine without the actual speeding ticket?
You need to contact the traffic office of the canton where you think you were speeding. Take some ID for yourself and the car.

http://tel.local.ch/en/q/?what=Offic...id=directories

http://tel.local.ch/en/d/Lausanne-Ad...hicules&where=

http://tel.local.ch/en/q/Valais/Serv....html?rid=Sc0G

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Re: Pre-empting a speeding ticket

could you play dumb and go back home in three months and say "Speeding? what? me? sorry I was out of town, I didn't know I had a ticket."

That's what I would do. I mean, it's not like there's some sign that flashes and says, "Hey you, with the steering wheel on the wrong side, you're going too fast and just got caught. Slow down before you kill someone!"

So how are you supposed to know that it was actually you and not some guy in the other lane?

And how come people who drive too slow never get tickets?
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I was caught by a speed camera driving an English car, the ticket will obviously go to my address in the UK.
Has anyone actually had first-hand experience of a Swiss ticket being traced back to the UK via DVLA? I'm not sure I've yet heard of a real case where it's happened, although I know it's technically possible.
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Re: Pre-empting a speeding ticket

Thanks guys, I will explore the various suggestions.

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So how are you supposed to know that it was actually you and not some guy in the other lane?
There was no one else so, unless the speed camera just thought I was looking kind of handsome, I'm due a ticket.
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There was no one else so, unless the speed camera just thought I was looking kind of handsome, I'm due a ticket.
I'd still wait if I were you, unless you were doing quite a lot over. It's quite possible, and has happened to me, that the flash is triggered but your recorded speed is not actually high enough to warrant a ticket.

Or whatever other reason, but I've certainly been flashed and _not_ received a ticket before now.
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I'd still wait if I were you, unless you were doing quite a lot over. It's quite possible, and has happened to me, that the flash is triggered but your recorded speed is not actually high enough to warrant a ticket.

Or whatever other reason, but I've certainly been flashed and _not_ received a ticket before now.
plus if its a small fine they likely will just let it go anyway. its only for biggies they will attempt to pursue if your in another country.
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Re: Pre-empting a speeding ticket

I think I was doing 48 in a 40, which was annoying as the last time I'd checked I was doing 40.
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I think I was doing 48 in a 40, which was annoying as the last time I'd checked I was doing 40.
Thing is, unless you have an unusual car/speedo, a readout of 48 would normally mean a 'real' speed of between 40-45, and there's a 5kph margin built-in, so you'd just be on the edge, if at all.
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plus if its a small fine they likely will just let it go anyway. its only for biggies they will attempt to pursue if your in another country.
Actually, when I was first here I had a German plated car, the Zürich kantonal police traced me back to Munich for the sake of 1 kilometre over and 40CHF fine, seems they will do anything to get their pennies.....
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Re: Pre-empting a speeding ticket

It's probably no good advice, but if I were you, I would let it be their problem.
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Actually, when I was first here I had a German plated car, the Zürich kantonal police traced me back to Munich for the sake of 1 kilometre over and 40CHF fine, seems they will do anything to get their pennies.....
me too! After that, I was afraid to open every letter I got, especially ones from the Strassenverkehramt - as that first one took one month to get to me. I was worried I had a string of those coming my way
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Actually, when I was first here I had a German plated car, the Zürich kantonal police traced me back to Munich for the sake of 1 kilometre over and 40CHF fine, seems they will do anything to get their pennies.....

CH,DE,FR share driver database info. The UK does not, thats why you had the ticket and some kms were deducted from the ticket so it was more than 1km over


I must have been flashed easily 20 times and never heard anything about it, even when i swapped the car to swiss plates so
out of experience with a UK reg car (not in any swiss system) you would be very unfortunate to have a ticket sent back to the UK, even then the UK has not signed up to any agreement which allows it to be enforced.

Although there are some here which insist that everything is enforcable... i could write a fine in crayon on a brown paper bag and it would be paid.
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I think I was doing 48 in a 40, which was annoying as the last time I'd checked I was doing 40.
Are there 40 zones here?
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Are there 40 zones here?

yup they are easy to spot as they have a nice flashy light that goes off when you're in one.
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like this ... ???

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that's awesome

You have probably seen this

Two British traffic patrol officers from North Berwick were involved in an unusual incident while checking for speeding motorists on the A1 Great North Road. One of the officers used a hand-held radar device to check the speed of a vehicle approaching over the crest of a hill, and was surprised when the speed was recorded at over 300 mph. Their radar suddenly stopped working and the officers were not able to reset it.

Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact latched on to a RAF Tornado fighter jet which was engaged in a low-flying exercise over the Border district, approaching from the North Sea.

Back at police headquarters the chief constable fired off a stiff complaint to the RAF Liaison office.

Back came the reply in true laconic RAF style:

“Thank you for your message, which allows us to complete the file on this incident. You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Tornado had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked onto, your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it. Furthermore, an air-to-ground missile aboard the fully-armed aircraft had also automatically locked onto your equipment. Fortunately the pilot flying the Tornado recognised the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile systems alert status, and was able to override the automated defence system before the missile was launched and your hostile radar installation was destroyed”
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CH,DE,FR share driver database info. The UK does not, thats why you had the ticket and some kms were deducted from the ticket so it was more than 1km over


I must have been flashed easily 20 times and never heard anything about it, even when i swapped the car to swiss plates so
out of experience with a UK reg car (not in any swiss system) you would be very unfortunate to have a ticket sent back to the UK, even then the UK has not signed up to any agreement which allows it to be enforced.

Although there are some here which insist that everything is enforcable... i could write a fine in crayon on a brown paper bag and it would be paid.
Exactly right there is a bilateral in place with France and Germany, not just a database share and there is no such thing with the UK. Thus if a UK motorist is flashed it's tough on the Swiss as they can't enforce it. Same way that driving your Swiss car on a Swiss licence at say 160 on the M20 the rossers can pull you over for a chat and a lecture and hold you up and unless deemed dangerous driving watch you drive away point and fine free....

I however see the OP's point if they in fact live in CH not wanting it to chase them... I would suggest it won't...but if they want a clean conscience they should fess up but be aware that any future infractions will be straight to their door.
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