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Just pay and get it over with, if you don't 2 months from now you'll get another letter and this 150 euros is going to turn into 450 with accumulated penalties and fees.
Then you'll wonder again what to do about it only you'll kind of wish you had taken care of it when it was just 150. Then maybe you won't pay again, then the next letter will be a court summon. Most likely you won't come to France just to go to court, but you'll think about it big time on your next trip.
150 for 3 speeding tickets is not much. Make it go away and embrace peace of mind!
I had something similar happening to me few years ago but the other way around. I'm French and got a ticket in the US. I left the US (without even knowing I had a ticket) for France for a few months and right after returning the country, I received a letter with the ticket + penalties. I paid...
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
what is this 'France' ?
pay or prepare yourself to french prison
If you don't pay, they will take it from the hire company who will take it from your credit card. You will then have to deal with any residual stain on your reputation/credit rating from being a defaulter.
This same thing happened to me driving in the UK. I have a Canadian drivers license and got a UK speeding ticket. I could NOT pay the ticket because they couldn't assign a UK drivers license to the ticket. They were asking me to get a UK drivers license to pay the ticket?! I then had to wait for them to do a court summons so I could explain that i didn't have a UK license. It was only then that they voided the ticket.
Don't pay, that would be crazy. If a French official handed you some tickets while in France, then you pay. If you get some shit in the mail that looks official then don't pay, or I'll start sending you some official looking paperwork myself.
Are you 8? Take responsibility. Especially if you love going there, as you say.
I say take responsibility as well. You broke the law. Why are you above it? It's not very much. Next time drive the speed limit.
Whatever, if you broke the law, pay the fine. But it sounds like bull shit speed cameras and you would have no opportunity to defend yourself so I still say don't worry about it.
If you don't pay now, you will pay in the future.
Maybe not in money, but somehow. There will be a judgement made.
You should be responsible and pay for your crimes.
um, apparently it's rather easy to get out of tickets over there - http://www.survivefrance.com/pro…
"And it's all because of that loophole in the law which has allowed them to register the car they use in the name of their son.
He is, according to the carte grise or the car registration papers, the legal owner of the car - a Fiat Punto - and as such considered by law to be the driver - unless proven otherwise.
So why not charge him, you might be asking.
Well he's only four years old and obviously is too young to be held accountable."
I think that when you visit a country it's respectful to obey there laws. Be a good ambassador for your country and maybe suck it up and pay it.
Think about it this way: at least they were courteous enough to mail them to you.
Was the fine you received in French? If so you can probably get around it.
Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees everyone who has been charged with a criminal offence the following minimum rights: to be informed promptly in a language he/she understands about the accusation.
That's what the internet tells me. Just claim you didn't understand any of it, figured it was junk mail and threw it away. To be honest though, if you want to go back I'd just bite the bullet and pay up.