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Caught by a Speed Camera in a Rental Car???

Old Aug 12th, 2012, 05:29 PM
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Thanks Cowboy, my husband got flashed in Germany last Spring and we received a notice for a processing fee from the rental company and we've been waiting for the ticket. Maybe you've explained it.

I once got a ticket in Germany and the rental company put it on our bill. No wiring of money required.
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Old Aug 12th, 2012, 09:16 PM
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Just as probably unnecessary clarification:
The 3-months period starts at the date of the infraction (you probably guessed that already).
If the ticket is issued and sent to the owner (rental car company in your case) within 3 months from, it is in time. The time the rental car company needs to contact you or to relay the letter/ticket does not count.

Not as a legal advice, but if the fine is less than €40 (so it will not incur penalty points) as it is the case for many infractions, e.g. speeding 20kms over the limit outside cities or wrong parking, many people would write a simple letter (no e-mail, no phone calls!) to the issuing authority to contest the fine. And would claim that they cannot remember to have parked at that spot or driven that road that day. The latter only works if you don't get a photo proof.
In general, you will not hear anything back (only for those minor infractions), but your statement will go on record as a legitimate contest. So you can't be fined later on for non or delayed payment. The authorities simply don't want to deal with these minor issues once the automated process turns into manual labor ;-)
I would not endorse or suggest this strategy, but it is perfectly legal and a common way among locals to handle it.

I'd consider it illegal for the rental car company to put the actual fine on your CC (their fee is a different issue) unless you order them to do it, as you always have legal recourse to contest a ticket. And the rental car company has no authority to enforce 3rd party claims to your disadvantage.

In Germany, any ticket becomes a final, executable claim only if you
a) don't dispute it within a certain time frame or
b) once finally decided so in a court of law.
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We just wrote about the procedures if you get a speeding ticket or a parking ticket here in Iceland. Hope you find it useful! http://www.goiceland.com/blog/speedi...-iceland/1800/
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