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  1. stcyr

    stcyr Funster

    Apr 11, 2011
    DRIVERS in most European states will see fines for key driving offences committed abroad sent to their home country from today.

    France is part of 24 countries taking part in the initiative which will see the details of drivers shared between governments.

    Only the UK, Ireland and Denmark have refused to sign the cross-border treaty, which could see an extra €100million being collected by the French government, as 25% of motoring offences here are committed by foreign drivers.

    The European directive covers eight offences: Drink driving, driving under the influence of drugs, speeding, running a red light, not wearing a seatbelt, motorcyclists not wearing a crash helmet, driving on the hard shoulder and using a mobile phone while driving.

    Foreigners who are caught in the act of breaking the law, by a police unit on the road, may have to pay the fine on the spot or face having their vehicle impounded.

    Those flashed by a speed camera will receive a fine in the post.

    Police have access to the car ownership register in participating EU countries and will send penalty notices directly to offenders’ homes, written in their own language.

    Foreign offenders will be fined the penalty payable in the country of the offence, but fines vary across Europe, with Germany levying €10 for a minor speed offence while France fines offenders €68 (or €45 if paid promptly).

    The disparity grows even more for serious speeding offences where a driver doing 100kph in a 50kph zone will be fined €120 in Germany and lose three points from their licence but face a €135 fine in France, four points off the licence, a three-year ban and possible seizure of the vehicle.

    Due to the difference in penalty systems, no points will be taken off the licences of foreign drivers.

    If the penalty is not paid, the foreign police force will send repeat notices with increased fines but there is no formal procedure to force payment at the moment.
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  2. TheBig1

    TheBig1 Funster Life Member

    Nov 27, 2011
    its about time that visiting motorists were held responsible for their poor driving here as well as in the rest of europe. I live near to a ferry port and see so many people driving cars with foreign plates conmit all sorts of driving offences. a couple of years ago a german tourist caused a fatal crash by driving on the wrong side of the road too.

    why do people think that they can get away with speeding or breaking the law when visiting other countries? with the borders in the EU being open to residents, surely its common sense that fines or bans can be enforced in the home country of perpetrators
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  3. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Dec 5, 2008
    BUT >> Only the UK, Ireland and Denmark have refused to sign the cross-border treaty
  4. Minxy Girl

    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    E Yorks
    I agree that we should NOT sign up to this .... yet! It is ridiculous to have difference scenarios for the fines/points depending on which country you are in and where you actually live.

    It should all be the same - if, for example you are caught in France and the offence for a resident warrants 4 points on the licence and a monetary fine then that should apply to EVERYONE who does it regardless of the persons place of residence.

    Alternatively, the points and fines applying in the person's country of residence should be applied FULLY instead, so points and a monetary fine should be applied as if you had been caught committing the offence at home.

    Having only the monetary fine applied, with no 'onus' on the person to pay, and no points on their licence for serious offences, is just plain wrong. :Angry:
  5. bobandjanie

    bobandjanie Funster Life Member

    Apr 28, 2008
    UK / Javea Spain
    Spain have loads of rules, but one to watch is towing a trailer or caravan. :Smile: Over 750kg.

    On motorways towing a trailer, you are restricted to 90kph , the speed limit is 12kph.

    On duel carriageways towing a trailer, you are restricted to 80kph, the speed limit is 100kph.

    On single lane roads, towing a trailer, you are restricted to 70kph, the speed limit is 90kph.

    Driving in urban areas is the same for everyone, :thumb: normally 50kph. :thumb: Bob.

    Ps. :winky: If you have a van without windows they carry the same rules as a lorry.:RollEyes:
  6. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

    Aug 26, 2007
    YO11 2BD
    complete waste of time and resources then :Doh:

    If the penalty is not paid, the foreign police force will send repeat notices with increased fines but there is no formal procedure to force payment at the moment.
  7. PeterCarole29

    PeterCarole29 Funster

    Jul 23, 2013
    Does this mean if the UK goverment are not doing it a uk resident will not receive a fine in the post as the French goverment cannot get access to our details

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