Typically issues happen and also you’ve by no means handled them earlier than. This occurred to me 3 times: I used to be stunned with two French rushing fines in France after I obtained dwelling from my journey and 1 parking ticket after I was in Cavaillon. Right here’s what it is best to learn about these site visitors tickets in France and tips on how to pay them.
Initially printed June 2015 and up to date October 21, 2023.
1. How You’ll Be Notified About Your French Dashing Fines
If you’re caught rushing, you’ll discover out not simply from the federal government, but in addition out of your rental firm about your driving offence. Whenever you get dwelling you’ll get 2 letters:
(a) Automotive Rental Company
The automotive rental company will cost you an administrative charge. It could vary from 20 € or extra. The discover will make reference to “Site visitors nice…..administrative cost”.
(b) Authorities Company
They may ship you the official discover indicating the place you had been rushing and by how a lot. It’ll additionally point out the price of the nice, relying on whenever you pay it.
Earlier than I share with you my very own expertise, I’ll first share some details about driving in France….and what you are able to do to keep away from getting site visitors tickets.
2. Ideas For Avoiding French Dashing Fines And Parking Tickets
(a) Tip #1: Watch The Pace Limits At All Occasions
Within the previous days, driving in France was a free-for-all. The restrict was 130 km/hr and everybody went over it. Not anymore. There’s photograph radar in every single place. I feel probably the most infamous areas for pace cameras are the roads main into small cities. Swiftly the pace restrict drops to 30 km/hour and there aren’t all the time pace bumps to gradual you down. The minute you see the signal, be on alert! It’s very straightforward to get a rushing ticket in France.
Be aware: I’m NOT a speedster or pace demon! I’m (normally) a cautious driver; nonetheless, in France, they provides you with a ticket, even in case you are solely 5 km/hr over the restrict. Sadly, I didn’t pay sufficient consideration.
(b) Tip #2: Make Positive Your GPS Can Alert You
At this time I take advantage of both my Garmin GPS or the GPS on my smartphone’s Google Maps/Waze app as a result of they’ll normally (however not all the time) point out the pace restrict. Throughout my final journey, nonetheless, I did discover that the restrict was totally different on the GPS versus what the indicators stated. So in fact I went with what the signal stated. The GPS will usually warn you in case you are over the restrict, so hold your eye on this notification (and the street).
(c) Tip #3: All the time Assume You Have To Pay For Parking
Sure, I had my fill of site visitors violations in France throughout that journey! I additionally obtained a parking ticket. I noticed an enormous lot however didn’t rigorously search for the fee machine. I feel it merely wasn’t on my thoughts. This was dumb as a result of I used to be within the centre of the town….the place most parking is paid parking.
3. My French Dashing Tickets
(a) Administrative Costs From The Rental Firms
After I obtained dwelling after certainly one of my journeys, I obtained costs from the 2 automotive rental firms I used: a 20 € cost from Hertz and a 30 € cost from Europcar. The primary French phrase you’ll need to know is “The primary phrase you’ll need to know: nice. In French it’s “une amende”. This implies a nice.
Each acknowledged the next, “Site visitors nice…..administrative cost”. What this implies is that when you have an infraction the French Inside Ministry requests the motive force/renter data from the rental automotive firm in order that they’ll ship the motive force (me) a violation discover by mail of what I did mistaken. It’s referred to as an Avis de Contravention.
(b) French Dashing Tickets Acquired Within the Mail
I ultimately obtained two rushing tickets on my rental automobiles from the French authorities. Neither one had a photograph of the automotive; nonetheless, maybe since then they now do that. (After I was accused of damaging my rental automotive in 2023, they did ship a photograph).
The site visitors fines had been mailed to me in Canada. The primary one took about 6-1/2 weeks to get to me and the second took about 25 days.
So what was the nice for rushing in France? These had been the charges from a couple of years in the past and so they have gone up. There are three kinds of penalties:
- Une Amende Minorée (Decreased Effective): If I paid inside 46 days of the incident the nice could be €45.
- Une Amende Forfaitaire (Fastened Effective): If the nice was paid between 47-76 days after the infraction, the associated fee went as much as €68.
- Une Amende Majorée (Elevated Effective): If I didn’t pay or contest the site visitors ticket inside 76 days, the associated fee was €180.
My First Site visitors Effective
Going 118 km in a 110 km zone.
Infraction dated: April 19.
I obtained the discover within the mail round June 3.
My Second Site visitors Effective
Going 122 km in a 110 km zone.
Infraction dated: Could 16.
I obtained the discover within the mail round June 10.
(c) Paying French Dashing Fines
The great (?) information is that there’s an English web site that makes it straightforward to pay your ticket on-line (https://www.amendes.gouv.fr). It’s best to NOT ignore the ticket. After I return to France I don’t need to encounter any issues.
4. France: Dashing Fines In 2023
- When you’re on a street restricted to 50km/hour, and also you’re rushing as much as 20 km/hour, the nice begins at €135.
- When you’re on a street the place the pace restrict is over 50 km/hour, and also you’re rushing as much as 20 km/hour, the nice begins at €68.
- Dashing between 20-50 km/hour over the restrict? The nice begins at €135. And for those who’re rushing over 50km/hour? €1500.
5. My French Parking Ticket
At some point I parked my automotive in loads in Cavaillon as I used to be going to hire a motorcycle and tour the realm. I didn’t see an indication anyplace indicating there was a 2-hour restrict. (Okay, I didn’t look arduous sufficient). I found this upon my return.
I needed to get assist from the bike store to grasp tips on how to pay the €17 nice. Right here’s what I realized:
- I might pay by cheque. That didn’t work for me. I dwell in Canada and didn’t have a French chequing account.
- I might pay with a “Timbre-Amende”. It is a stamp. I used to be informed I wanted to go to a Tabac (a retailer that sells tobacco) and purchase a stamp from them. It’s a particular stamp that’s placed on the discover and mailed off. Hmmm. Need to discover a tabac. Not all tabacs carry these stamps, however happily, the second I went to did. I needed to get clarification on whether or not I wanted to place the shape in an envelope or not. No, you simply put one other postage stamp on and mail it off!
- It’s now extra frequent to pay the nice on-line; nonetheless, if it’s a small city, you won’t have this selection.
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