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France: Speeding Tickets In The Increase & Show Me The Money

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  France Statistics
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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Greed Camera
It's a mathematical exactitude; increase the number of radars and you get an increase in speeding tickets. And as we know by now, more speeding tickets mean more money for the state. This mathematical formula applies to any country, not just France. But with a socialist government that is bleeding its citizens dry, with more taxes being added every day and where the president is at its lowest approval rating ever, the number of speeding tickets is starting to become a stronger and stronger noise. A noise that could eventually result in more dramatic action against the government. But currently the actions are centered around destroying the radars.

During 2012 39,000,000 speeding tickets were issued in France, in 2008 they issued 33 million, so an increase of 18%. The revenue these tickets have generated last year was €730,000,000. To think the first radar went 'live' on October 27th, 2007.

For this year, 2013, the total revenue forecasted (just like with commercial companies, they have revenue forecasts, profits, margins and return on investment) for all fines (speeding, parking, etc) is €1.6 BILLION.

What Happens with the Money?

Show me the money! Of the €1.6 Billion revenue this year, €214 Million goes to the organization that looks after the infrastructure. That's not bad I hear you say, at least the roads are looked after. But you'd be wrong, since of the €214 Million only 4.5% goes to making roads better & safer. 51.9% goes to the loss making railway systems. The majority of roads are looked after by different organizations, like private companies that look after the large motorway network (and for which you pay another tax, though it is called a toll).

€463 Million goes to reducing the country's massive debt. €35 Million is sent to the social and equality programs helping the socially excluded people.

So you can see that the money generated by speeding and other fines are just another tax. They have got nothing to do with saving lives, reducing pollution, or whatever other lies the politicians tell us. It's just another tax (source Open source link in a new window - in French).

With the new unmarked & well hidden radar cars and the cross-European laws that permit countries to exchange vehicle ownership data to each other, allowing the French to collect speeding fines abroad. This could just double their income next year.

Speeding Up Payments

The French have managed to over-complicate their lives by over-engineering things. But one thing the government did right was speed up the process of paying your fines. Nowadays you pay your speeding fine over the internet or smartphone (they even have QR codes printed on the fine), and within seconds you have paid the fine. No weeks before the fine is collected, data entry clerks having to enter data of fines and payment, cash being transferred, etc. A few seconds behind your PC or smartphone, and the government has relieved you of your money .. yet again.

So not only have they become very efficient in catching you riding your motorcycle a few kilometers per hour over the limit, but they also get your money much quicker than before.

No wonder in the space of one week, over 50 radars were destroyed (link Open link in a new window).

France Radar Destroyed by Tractor/Digger
© Thierry Martel

Via: Le Parisien

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