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Historical speeding fines in France

Well! Iíve just received a speeding fine from a France, three months after the alleged offence! The heinous crime? 3kms over the local speed limit in the middle of nowhere, outside Avignon! If I pay up promptly, itíll cost £41.00!
This was the day we were being kicked out of France due to their early lock down procedures and the urgent need to get the last ferry out of France!
Apparently the French authorities are using historical UK driver speeding offences to boost their income because DVLA currently have a reciprocal agreement with France to name/shame uk drivers in these circumstances. This agreement is unlikely to continue after Brexit so the French authorities are milking the cash cow whilst the sun shines and the going is good!
Be warned people and there is very little to appeal against!
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You were apparently 8 km/h over the speed limit (they knock 5 km/h off before determining your speed) - so you were speeding.

Speeding is illegal whatever country you drive in.

Pay up and learn from your mistake.

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I guess we have all put a hustle on at times trying to make a deadline. It's the flash in the mirror that brings you down to earth and usually embarrassment for ones mistake.
So we pay up and mark it down to experience and hope to learn from our mistakes even with the multiple changes in limits through road works or villages.

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You broke the law and were fairly caught.

You are only paying half the fine if you pay directly, nonpoints on your licence either which in U.K. are live for three years and present for four.

Your fine in France is much less than if you were caught in the U.K. It is nothing to do with trying to gain cash, simply trying to preserve life, hitting a person tends to kill them and the faster the impact the more likely death is the result.

Pay up and learn to drive within local law.

Not a lot of sympathy on here I am afraid.

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You broke the law and were fairly caught.

You are only paying half the fine if you pay directly, nonpoints on your licence either which in U.K. are live for three years and present for four.

Your fine in France is much less than if you were caught in the U.K. It is nothing to do with trying to gain cash, simply trying to preserve life, hitting a person tends to kill them and the faster the impact the more likely death is the result.

Pay up and learn to drive within local law.

Not a lot of sympathy on here I am afraid.

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Dave, was it you who got caught on the 40/30 limit near Taunton M5 Junction? Something in my memory thinks you posted on the forum. Ray
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'Speeding' equals 'Fine'....Sadly most get away with it most of the time.
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Dave, was it you who got caught on the 40/30 limit near Taunton M5 Junction? Something in my memory thinks you posted on the forum. Ray
Agreed and it was me that did not appeal the fine or the points although it was later shown that the signage was inadequate and many fines were reversed. By the time that came up it was more than 4 years after I was justifiably caught.

Some of the French fines are coming over up to a year afterwards, AFAIK, there is no "statute of limitations" type limit as there is in the UK.

I am not sure why the UK does not reciprocate, Devon and Cornwall Police said the total owed by French drivers typically amounts to over a million £ per year....

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I am not sure why the UK does not reciprocate, Devon and Cornwall Police said the total owed by French drivers typically amounts to over a million £ per year....
Surely that does not apply to only Devon & Cornwall Police area?
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That was the figure given, I have no way to verify or reject the figure, it was broadcast on BBC Spotlight with the Police Commissioner saying that she was very annoyed at "French drivers, including lorry drivers, being caught but simply ignoring the fines".

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That was the figure given, I have no way to verify or reject the figure, it was broadcast on BBC Spotlight with the Police Commissioner saying that she was very annoyed at "French drivers, including lorry drivers, being caught but simply ignoring the fines".


The key difference is that across many European countries the owner is responsible for the offence, while in the UK it is the driver.

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