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Driving fine receivied in uk

Hi there hope you can help,
I have received a speeding fine on the 12/2/2019 in the uk from Switzerland. I was caught doing 108 in 100. Says there is a speeding fine of 60chf and another for 150chf not sure what for i presume caught costs.
The speeding fine is from 19/9/2017 and this is the first letter i received.
What should i do?
Has it been to long to serve the speeding fine?
Why should i pay the court cost if i didnt know about it in the first place?
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Re: Driving fine receivied in uk

Most fines in Switzerland get topped with "administrative costs" or something similar, often equal to the original fine. Presumably the "administrative costs" of looking up a UK number made the fee greater.
You can of course contest it all and there will be instructions on how you can do that but in the words of others who've gone through this, in general, "resistance is futile". You're going to spend 150 chf in legal fees in no time.
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Old 13.02.2019, 13:06
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Re: Driving fine receivied in uk

If you never want to return here, you can ignore the fine.

You have the advantage that your registration will change when you change your car, but it would be better to move house to be certain they won‘t catch you on returning in a new car.

Airport arrival may be more difficult: they have your name and address. So a change of name by deed pole wouldn‘t go amiss too.

Finally biometric passports mean your face is stored world-wide. So plastic surgery is the way to go.

Or you could just pay it...
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Has it been to long to serve the speeding fine?
Why should i pay the court cost if i didnt know about it in the first place?
They have three/five (*) years to issue a fine and again the same period on top of that to enforce and collect the money once the fine is issued.

A CHF 150 fee for a CHF 60 fine means that the initial fine was not paid in time and went to court. You may try to make an application for restitutio in integrum, and provably claim you never received the initial fine. It might work, it is a simple letter and could save you CHF 150.

(*) Sorry, to lazy to look up the actual number.
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Re: Driving fine receivied in uk

as abfab said, they do check when you enter / leave the country even at the road border crossing, most of us who've been here a while know someone who's been picked up in the airport for non payment of fines, so for peace of mind its probably just easier to pay it, then be karted off by security some time in the future (and pray you have enough cash / cards / credit to sort it there and then or spend time in the cells)
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Re: Driving fine receivied in uk

Better pay the fine. I heard people paying thousands because they ignore these fine. Better call them and check with them.
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A CHF 150 fee for a CHF 60 fine means that the initial fine was not paid in time and went to court. You may try to make an application for restitutio in integrum, and provably claim you never received the initial fine. It might work, it is a simple letter and could save you CHF 150.
If OP tries this, paying the 60 CHF for the fine itself immediately may increase credibility.
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Re: Driving fine receivied in uk

Thanks for the replies will give them a ring to see what they say.
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Re: Driving fine receivied in uk

If you never received the fine until now, it sounds reasonable to me that you pay the 60CHF and not additional court costs for taking too long. Hopefully the authorities will also see it as reasonable.

What are caught costs? Costs you have to pay because you got Caught?
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A CHF 150 fee for a CHF 60 fine means that the initial fine was not paid in time and went to court. You may try to make an application for restitutio in integrum, and provably claim you never received the initial fine. It might work, it is a simple letter and could save you CHF 150.
I've had exactly the same happen to me 2 years ago in Ticino. The fine was sent while I was in South Africa. By the time I got back the original fine had escalated from CHF60 to about chf250.

I called the police who gave me an email address to send proof I was not in Switzerland at the time along with an explanatory letter. In my case it was copy's of the airline tickets. I was also advised to pay the original fine immediately, which I did. 10 days later a letter arrived informing me the additional penalties had been removed.
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What are caught costs? Costs you have to pay because you got Caught?
Court cost, plus a speech-to-text program which cannot handle the Welsh dialect
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Re: Driving fine receivied in uk

Having any outstanding fines in other countries is never a good idea. While you could say "I won't ever visit NZ again" that might probably be true, but just imagine what happens if you're supposed to fly from country A to country B, flight gets cancelled, and you're rebooked onto country A to country C to country B. Something that happens fairly often. Good luck on telling the airline "meh, I'd like to fly via country D instead"..
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Having any outstanding fines in other countries is never a good idea. While you could say "I won't ever visit NZ again" that might probably be true, but just imagine what happens if you're supposed to fly from country A to country B, flight gets cancelled, and you're rebooked onto country A to country C to country B. Something that happens fairly often. Good luck on telling the airline "meh, I'd like to fly via country D instead"..
Probably not an issue unless you go through C's customs.
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Re: Driving fine receivied in uk

just pay- admin fee for having to contact DVLA I suppose.
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Probably not an issue unless you go through C's customs.
Plenty of countries have mandatory passport check (not necessarely immigration) even when passing airside. Or you can't even transfer airside at all. Applies to the biggest and second biggest countries (by economy) on this planet, by the way

Also, if you happen to be rebooked into something like LHR-ZRH-MUC-SIN instead of LHR-SIN (and yes, that can happen) good luck on trying to evade immigration
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Re: Driving fine receivied in uk

Thanks for the replies. I emailed them last week, and they have accepted chf 60
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