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Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

Does anyone have any links to the bi-lateral agreement on speeding between France and Switzerland? Can a french speeding offence be prosecuted in Switzerland? Does anyone have any experience of being a resident in Switzerland and being caught in France?
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Old 13.09.2009, 17:33
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

Expect a letter or a knock at the door from the Swiss Police, just mainly to confirm your address. Prosecution will be in France. Good luck.
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

Thanks for the post. The swiss police confirmed the French are not by law allowed to take away a swiss driving licence (official swiss document) , who would argue when you pulled over? I would have thought they would know what they can do, still I know I was not doing the right thing however rules are rules, I am selling my car lesson learned, its expensive to drive even on an open road, better to leave them empty.
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

I guess therefore then you had an on the spot fine for whatever you did.
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

I was caught by a camera at Mulhouse on the 30th August @16:10 and I got the ticket in the post this morning. 130 kph in a 110 (I didn't notice a limit change) with a €68 fine, if paid within 15 days €45, if more than 45 days late €180. You can pay it online with no licence implications.

Moral of the story keep your eyes open, and pay promptly .
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

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I was caught by a camera at Mulhouse on the 30th August @16:10 and I got the ticket in the post this morning. 130 kph in a 110 (I didn't notice a limit change) with a €68 fine, if paid within 15 days €45, if more than 45 days late €180. You can pay it online with no licence implications.

Moral of the story keep your eyes open, and pay promptly .
Just out of interest was the letter in French? Did the Swiss Police visit you to confirm your address, before handing it back to the French Authorities.
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

There is some more background on the whole issue that might help on this thread.

Bilateral Speeding fines
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

Nope, no visit. The French system must generate the avis de contravention from the address the Swiss system provides. My car is still on French plates and I don't have a Swiss licence, never had a French one, so am still using my UK one, well for another few months anyway.
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I guess therefore then you had an on the spot fine for whatever you did.
No they took my licence and I paid 135 Euro as a deposit for whatever fine they eventually send me? I was 43Kmh over after a deduction of 10kmh. They wanted to impound the car however after the bad cop left the good cop changed the papers and I got someone to come and drive me away. Its now 5 weeks and still no fine or paperwork. Its inconvenience thats taught me a lesson.
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

Can you keep us updated? I just wonder, what will be the fine in France for a foreigner if you driver +40 ...
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No they took my licence and I paid 135 Euro as a deposit for whatever fine they eventually send me? I was 43Kmh over after a deduction of 10kmh. They wanted to impound the car however after the bad cop left the good cop changed the papers and I got someone to come and drive me away. Its now 5 weeks and still no fine or paperwork. Its inconvenience thats taught me a lesson.
So you were actually 53 kmh over the limit? Wow, what was the hurry??
Hope it was worth it.
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

IIRC, 50 km/h over limit is supposed to be a serious violation, which is punished by confiscation of the car and a huge fine. You did not got it because you did 43. You got some luck ...

On the other hand, in France I see most local people driving beyond the limit. Out of the cities they drive not 90 but 110-120 mostly I see this in Jura.
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

Ah weel, they sent my license back to my home address saying "Merci", I had been banned for 1 month and it had already expired. Hence 135 Euros on the spot, and a 1 month ban in France. Lesson learned.
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

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I was caught by a camera at Mulhouse on the 30th August @16:10 and I got the ticket in the post this morning. 130 kph in a 110 (I didn't notice a limit change) with a €68 fine, if paid within 15 days €45, if more than 45 days late €180. You can pay it online with no licence implications.

Moral of the story keep your eyes open, and pay promptly .
could someone please link where it is possible to pay a french speeding ticket online?

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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

France has increased bilateral agreements with its neighbor and it is no more uncommon that Swiss registered drivers could be directly served a fine at their domicile.

This is specially true for speed violations 50km above the speed limit which are no more a driving violation but rather a criminal offence in France. Mulhouse or Bardonnex border posts are also equipped with a fixed camera keeping pictures of all number plates entering the French territory, be careful if you have lot's of tickets pending in France. Same the other way, when entering Switzerland.

Lastly France Police and Gendarmes have been equipped, just as in the Uk or elsewhere, with vehicles that tape/control real time all number plates while on the road (near time in fact, a picture of the plate is taken and instantly scanned against central registry and criminal offense registry). If you have many unpaid pending tickets or a single but expensive one, better get an option to settle it. Foreign cars cannot be confiscated in France for traffic violation unless bilateral agreement specifies it. Some countries have agreed but I do not know about Switzerland.

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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

whats the latest on the french/swiss agreements? As papagoose situation would be different to the majority... eg french car - did you have your swiss address in the french system somewhere?

how about swiss vehicle, swiss license/resident.

got flashed by a camera in france yesterday but it was forward facing and i was on the bike so no problem there - just for interest more than anything.
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

I have been flashed three times ( that I know ) in France in the last two years for speeding without any fines appearing.

I have a Swiss driving licence and Swiss plates.

If and when the fines arrive, of course I will pay them, but I hope they never arrive!
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

Driving a Swiss car through France I have been flashed many times and have never seen a ticket yet...However a few months ago I was pulled by a cop on a bike..He escorted me to the next town where there was an ATM and made me cough up €180.00 there and then...
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Re: Speeding in France (Resident in Switzerland)

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France has increased bilateral agreements with its neighbor and it is no more uncommon that Swiss registered drivers could be directly served a fine at their domicile.

This is specially true for speed violations 50km above the speed limit which are no more a driving violation but rather a criminal offence in France. Mulhouse or Bardonnex border posts are also equipped with a fixed camera keeping pictures of all number plates entering the French territory, be careful if you have lot's of tickets pending in France. Same the other way, when entering Switzerland.

Lastly France Police and Gendarmes have been equipped, just as in the Uk or elsewhere, with vehicles that tape/control real time all number plates while on the road (near time in fact, a picture of the plate is taken and instantly scanned against central registry and criminal offense registry). If you have many unpaid pending tickets or a single but expensive one, better get an option to settle it. Foreign cars cannot be confiscated in France for traffic violation unless bilateral agreement specifies it. Some countries have agreed but I do not know about Switzerland.

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