Mon Dieu! The Cops Are After Me

Dec 6th, 2016, 09:10 AM
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Mon Dieu! The Cops Are After Me

Not unforeseen, but I have received a couple of traffic tickets from France for 45 euros apiece. Not being the most fluent in French and after trying to figure out my three page manifestos, I was wondering do I need to fill out the form or is there a place on the ticket where I can just pay by CC online? Not being a scofflaw (at least overseas), I'd like to get this done before I am thrown in the Bastille. Merci!
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Dec 6th, 2016, 09:16 AM
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Yes, you can pay online. Just find the web address on the ticket and enter the reference number and credit card information on the website, which should be www.amendes.gouv.fr

Don't ask me how I know this.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 09:27 AM
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I'd ask, but I know you'd have to kill me. Thanks!

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Dec 6th, 2016, 10:34 AM
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Well done maitaitom for 'fessing up and paying up without complaint. I always knew you were a class act .
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Dec 6th, 2016, 10:38 AM
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Where's the traditional scolding for having dared to speed in France in the first place?
Bah humbug.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 11:22 AM
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If you pay fast you pay less. Don't ask me how I know this.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 11:36 AM
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Where's the traditional scolding for having dared to speed in France in the first place?

Those are reserved for the special people who believe that they should not be required to pay, for whatever reason.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 11:36 AM
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Yes, I saw three prices on the bill. I assume (which is also dangerous) if we pay fast it is the lesser amount. I'm not sure of that because the only French I learned at the Harvard Of The West (aka San Diego State) was kissing.

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Dec 6th, 2016, 12:06 PM
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the only French I learned at the Harvard Of The West (aka San Diego State) was kissing

and you better be careful on how you use the French word.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 12:36 PM
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Maitai how did you get speeding tickets from a rental car? I thought the rental company charges it to your credit card along with Their own processing fee?
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Dec 6th, 2016, 12:52 PM
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Mon Dieu! The Cops Are After Me
Posted by: maitaitom on Dec 6, 16 at 1:10pm
TI'd like to get this done before I am thrown in the Bastille. Merci!


The Bastille was torn down centuries ago. The alternative is the guillotine. Kiss your head adieu.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 12:52 PM
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That's what we thought also. I actually got two of those also (30 euros each...I might have to un-retire if this keeps up). Next time we're either taking the train or renting a slower car.

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Dec 6th, 2016, 12:55 PM
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"Maitai how did you get speeding tickets from a rental car? I thought the rental company charges it to your credit card along with Their own processing fee?"

Maybe the rental car company gives the info to authorities? I'm not sure. France experts?

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Dec 6th, 2016, 12:58 PM
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The rental company does indeed give your information to the authorities. They normally charge a fee for the privilege.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 12:58 PM
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You may have an admin fee with the rental but they are not supposed (allowed) to pay for you as you have the right to dispute the charges.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 01:03 PM
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Yes, the rental company gives your information to the autorities. Frankly I find the 30€ fee more abusive than the fine, since it probably doesn't even require human intervention anymore. They are still charging back from the old days when somebody had to look up the contract and recopy your name and address.

Nevertheless, the additional fee does serve as a good lesson to pay more attention to how you drive their car.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 02:03 PM
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Ahhh thanks for the explanation. I'm expecting we'll have a few after our next September trip.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 02:08 PM
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After the "Great Petrol Error of 2005" I always budget an extra couple of hundred bucks for Tom driving errors on every trip we drive.

Outside of backing into that pole in Olomouc (I swear it moved), we've done pretty well (until now).

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Dec 6th, 2016, 02:43 PM
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When we received these tickets from Italy and Spain, first there was a small fee which is for thr rental car processing, 30-40€. The actual tickets followed later. Our bank wired the money to the police department in Perugia last year but it was a long time after our trip. Spain was even more complicated. So, be glad you can pay online for a French ticket!
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Dec 6th, 2016, 02:52 PM
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When we got our two infraction notices, they did not come with a sender's address like préfecture de... or commune de... or even Département de.... They looked almost festive, large, and the only sender in the top left was "République de France". We felt honored.

Paying was easy - a link to a website in English where the payment was processed in no time. Faster than we had been speeding...
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