Parking infringement in Le Crotoy!

Discussion in 'France' started by ojibway, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. ojibway


    Jul 17, 2012
    We have stayed many times in Le Crotoy over the years.
    A couple of weeks ago we just wanted to go to the Friday market so parked in a parking bay on the approach to the aire, paid 2euros for two hours, displayed the ticket prominently and went shopping.:)
    We came back after one and a half hours to find the local flic had put a notice on the windscreen saying we were contravening the parking rules and we would be receiving a letter (presumably a fine) in the post.:(
    Our MH is a van conversion so not longer than the bay.:cry:
    So our gripe is: why should we have to pay 5euros for 24 hours when we just wanted to go to the market?:whistle:
    Has any of you Funsters had a similar experience?(n)
    The nearest gendarmerie is in Abbeville so I couldn't talk to them.:unsure:
    We haven't had a letter yet.(y)
    Mike and Annie:cool::)
  2. Hollyberry

    Hollyberry Funster Life Member

    Apr 24, 2011
    Paignton, Devon.
    Difficult to know--- in France you can suddenly get a bill months after the event.
    But if you've got a UK registered vehicle will the French authorities be able to trace you?

    Today in local hospital a French registered vehicle was parked on the yellow grid, in the ambulance bay. Driver must have had an eye injury as he left A&E with patched eye, screwed up the penalty notice attached to his vehicle and drove it, with rattling and blowing exhaust ( never would pass a French C.T) out of the car park. He won't get chased for the fine, I expect.

    I wouldn't worry, unless there was a sign that forbade vans, you'd done nothing wrong.
  3. Minxy Girl

    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    E Yorks
    Don't worry about it, there's no reciprical arrangement for such types of fines so they've no way of finding out where you are to send you a letter!
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  4. Box Boy

    Box Boy Funster

    Jul 3, 2014
    West Sussex
    Parked our Van on the seafront at Dieppe for a walk to the local museum before getting on the ferry to Newhaven. Saw a Motohome only parking area close by but thought the 7 Euro charge was for night only vans so did'nt go in. On getting back to the van the local Gendame had placed a notice on my windscreen. :mad: It said ' next time you park here please pay the subscribed parking fee!' :love: Thats never happend to me in Blighty!
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  5. DavidG58

    DavidG58 Funster

    Feb 24, 2013
    Bolsover, Derbyshire
    I got pursued for balance of a fine, albeit a traffic offence

    10 years back had a snooper fitted in my cat, went to Le Mans for the 24 hour race, which I now know is a free shooting range for the French gendarme against Brit drivers, anyway I digress, had removed the snooper as illegal to use in France, but left one of the sensors behind the rear view mirror

    Got pulled out of a traffic queue and presented with a UK translation of 'my offence' for ownership of a laser detector, tried in vain to plead that it was not operational

    The fine said, up to 750 euro, which is what the gendarme then insisted on, in cash, I only had 600 in cash and although they could have marched me to a cash point they let me go with that amount, kept the sensor

    Then three months later wrote to say the matter had gone to court and 'sir the first magistrate' had found me guilty in my absence and awarded the full fine of 750 euro plus 100 euro disposal costs and 50 euro admin

    asking for the balance of 300 euro

    it was about now that I regretted having private number plates, considered selling it, but as I wanted to go back to France and felt convinced they would wait for my registration coming back over, paid the extra

    and I thought I had 'got away with' paying the full 750 :(
  6. busby

    busby Funster

    Aug 18, 2011
    Think you will find that all eec countries can get owners address for motoring penalties this year...BUSBY:(:(
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  7. Philiphall


    Dec 28, 2012
    Department 87, Haute Vienne, France
    lots of French coastal towns have a sign at the entrance to them stating motorhomes/caravans are not allowed to park within the town. Therefore you may only park in designated Aires or car parks (if allowed) this is mainly in place to stop the resorts being swamped with motorhomes parking up for 2/3 days
  8. Allanm

    Allanm Funster

    Jun 30, 2013
    Cotes d'armor, France
    I think you will find that there are huge signs on the entrance to and around Le Crotoy telling motor homers to park in designated parking areas only, as in most large towns with aires.
    A lot of aires allow you to park for free, some only charge you after 7pm for night parking but there will be notices near the aire that tells you exactly what charges, if any, apply when.
    Although I agree its a bit tough to fine you when your parked fully within a bay, you are still in a motorhome and if the towns /villages etc go to the trouble of providing designated parking, its only fair to use it.

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