We mentioned last week that Spain and France have signed a bilateral agreement to exchange vehicle data in case of speeding and other fines (link ). What this means, if you get caught by an automatic radar speeding on your motorcycle in one country, you will get the fine sent to you in your home country, since now the authorities have your details in their computers. But the agreement is not only between Spain and France. In fact, the European Union have made it a law that will officially start on 7 November, and only Ireland, United Kingdom and Denmark have refused to sign the new law.
So all other European countries will exchange your vehicle's data; manufacturer, model, your address, etc. So now if you get caught speeding in any of the European countries (except the three "mavericks") you will receive the fine at home. The fines are not limited to speeding; red lights, DUI, telephoning while driving, not wearing a seat belt, etc. The only fines that escape the European law are parking fines, but these are dealt with in bilateral agreements.
However..... as one lawyer specialized in this area said, your home country does not have the authority, nor the mandate, to sue you for a fine in a third country. Legally it is a no-go area.
But some politicians and institutions disagree, but it remains a grey area, but what is for sure is that you will not forfeit any license penalty points since each country has its own system. So it is all about money (didn't we know that already).
And we are talking a lot of money. Below are the number of foreign vehicles (cars and motorcycles) that have been caught speeding in France during 2012:
- Germany: 450.000
- Belgium: 450.000
- Italy: 450.000
- Spain: 450.000
- Switzerland: 200.000
- The Netherlands: 85.000
- UK: 60.000
- Portugal: 45.000
- Luxembourg: 10.000
That is 2.200.000 cars and motorcycles caught speeding and who never got to pay the bill. And that is just in France alone, so you can imagine why the greedy politicians are having dollar signs in their eyes.
What I find funny, or not funny actually, is that there are a lot of laws protecting our privacy, forbidding companies to sell our data to third parties, but here the governments are blatantly distributing our private data to third parties.
Via: Le Parisien