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10+ kmh over limit in France and Suisse in 1 week.

I'm having a comedy of minor errors right now, and while I'm reasonably sure that nothing grave will come of this except paying fines, I am curious if there's a possibility of something like having my license revoked.


Error 1: I just spend a week in Lacanau, and the AirBNB we stayed at didn't have parking. So we parked at the north beach parking and payed for a week in advance. After a day trip in Bordeaux, the parking ticket slipped from the windshield and I saw that I had a parking fine as I was loading up to leave. I still have the parking pass, but I couldn't exactly stay to contest it, as I was leaving that day. Plus the fine said they would mail it to my residence.



Error 2: While leaving Lacanau for home, I was flashed by a speed camera doing 90kmh in an 80kmh zone in the middle of absolutely nowhere between Lacanau and Bordeaux.


Error 3: I've been home for 2 days, and went to go pick up my dogs from the doggy hotel. While driving through my city, I saw a flash and noticed that I got tagged by a camera. Caught totally by surprise, I looked at my dash and noticed that I was doing 63kmh in a 50kmh.


Now, each of these were my fault, except maybe the parking fine, but none of them were particularly egregious. I would have to imagine that France would need to contact some Swiss license/government agency for my residence info, and I'm curious if having 3 such minor incidences in under a week is going to cause me some trouble.



Does anyone have some insight they can share?
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Old 05.08.2020, 13:18
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Re: 10+ kmh over limit in France and Suisse in 1 week.

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would need to contact some Swiss license/government agency for my residence info, and I'm curious if having 3 such minor incidences in under a week is going to cause me some trouble.
No. Nothing to worry as long as you pay all in good time. The parking ticket might be costly depending on how many days we are talking about.
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Re: 10+ kmh over limit in France and Suisse in 1 week.

My guess: 45 EUR for the speeding in France, probably 70-80 CHF in CH, no idea about the parking fine.

I just paid one for 8 km/h too much in Germany: 10 EUR!
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Re: 10+ kmh over limit in France and Suisse in 1 week.

3 fines in a week makes no problem.

They are all minor. In 2014 or something i did not see a red light in Colmar, France on a Sunday. It is there for schools.

100 eur
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Re: 10+ kmh over limit in France and Suisse in 1 week.

The French recently lowered the default ‘country road’ speed limit from 90 to 80 on roads without a separation between opposing lanes. This has been very controversial and some departments have refused to implement it.

If you had been doing 80 you likely would have had a dozen Parisiens inspecting your tail pipe.
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...the parking ticket slipped from the windshield and I saw that I had a parking fine as I was loading up to leave. I still have the parking pass, but I couldn't exactly stay to contest it, as I was leaving that day. Plus the fine said they would mail it to my residence.

I got a ticket in London under similar circumstances. The permit had slipped out of sight and I got done. Unfortunately, I only realized this as I was off back to Switzerland, ferry booked and everything, so I thought I'll sort it once I'm back.
That didn't work, even though I had proof that I paid the parking fee. I was eventually contacted by a debt recovering agency. All-in-all, I think it cost me about £150.
I suggest you sort it quickly.
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Re: 10+ kmh over limit in France and Suisse in 1 week.

Swiss speeding tickets that are not for egregious speed violations (at least, all those that I've ever received) say something like "if you pay this in XX days, the fine will stay anonymous".
My assumption is that the process is: police sends this letter and it is basically a "we know that car with X plate was speeding. If we magically receive money within next Y days, the story ends here. Otherwise we will kick off the real process, figure out who was driving, etc.".
So I think that, as long as you pay them quickly - you as a driver will have no violations on the record. Only your car does (and you as car owner do) and the driver could've been anyone - so these fines can not come down hunting you one day even if accumulated.
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Re: 10+ kmh over limit in France and Suisse in 1 week.

Thanks everyone. Sounds like I should be relatively fine.
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Re: 10+ kmh over limit in France and Suisse in 1 week.

3 fines in a week - you need to take your foot off the gas pedal.
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3 fines in a week - you need to take your foot off the gas pedal.
This. While driving you should mostly be focussed on the road ahead. But you should also be constantly flicking your eyes between speedo, door mirrors and rear view mirror. You need to be aware of what's going on around you, and your speed.

I amazed how many people find this simple task so difficult.
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Re: 10+ kmh over limit in France and Suisse in 1 week.

For France it's just a cash fine, you're just over the limit but over. However sometimes they flash but there's nothing inside or the machine is full. So 50/50 but worst case is time the paperwork will work out where the fine goes and you'll get a letter from France to pay a sum of abut €70 if you agree to pay up without disputing the case.
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Re: 10+ kmh over limit in France and Suisse in 1 week.

The last time I got flashed in France, the fine turned up directly from the French about 3 weeks later. It's quite a bargain compared with the Swiss fine you'll probably get. You also end up with an impressive amount of paperwork, with 3 different departments getting involved (constatation du délit, calcul de l'amende, encaissment de l'amende, or something similar). You pay online with your credit card.
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This. While driving you should mostly be focussed on the road ahead. But you should also be constantly flicking your eyes between speedo, door mirrors and rear view mirror. You need to be aware of what's going on around you, and your speed.

I amazed how many people find this simple task so difficult.
Usually bad drivers are like that. In Zurich there is really bad driving. People are so focused on speed limit and red light cameras that driving is not really their best.

One thing is defensive driving, one is very slow. In Zurich, you need to be aware of pedrestrians with no conscience about how a car stops and also bycicles that cross zebras magically
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