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Speed Cameras in France

Discussion in 'CONTINENTAL TOURING' started by barryd, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. barryd

    barryd Read Only Funster

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    Hi All

    Ive been touring France for the past 8 weeks and somehow in the last week I got flashed twice by two different speed cameras.

    I dont know if ive just become so laid back that I just didnt bother to look at my speed or the cameras but you cant miss the flipping great big ugly things. Anyway my fault I guess but it was one of those open roads where they suddenly introduce a 70kph speed limit and despite taking my foot off I was still doing 85-90 when I went past it and it went off.

    Question is, has anyone been done before? Cant see how they would bother sending a fine out to a foreign vehicle and cant see how they would be able to trace it anyway without co-operation with DVLA or the UK PNC. I could however be wrong.

    If I do get a fine should I just bin it?

    Cheers
    BD
  2. vwalan

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    they can get you. i had a denunciation in denia spain a few years ago for parking on the beach. it got very expensive but in the end they dropped it as i said was on way maroc so didnt get it for 6mnths. it worked.
    put a bit of wood under your throttle stop you going so fast slow down its not a race. how slow can you go .let the traffic build up .how long can you make the line of cars. ha ha .cheers alan.
  3. atakd

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    Got flashed twice in France last year - second time by the camera just north of Abbeville on the N1 which I knew was there:Doh:. Never heard anymore about it but I may have been lucky.
    A couple of years ago we were sent a photo of a hired camper van in Australia with a demand for £60 for doing 108 kmh in a 100 zone. The nearest town was 80 miles away so I felt justified in ignoring it and heard nothing more.
  4. lebesset

    lebesset Read Only Funster

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    cross border cooperation on this ia supposed to he already been introduced , fines/points on licence across borders

    but , as usual , it doesn't seem to have happened yet , so don't worry about it

    in my case it just appeared in the post , and I paid on line
    problem with having french registered vehicle :Sad:
  5. vindiboy

    vindiboy Funster

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    DONG DONG DONG DONG speed camera warning on TOM TOM, 700 yards before I get to it ,SIMPLES.:thumb::thumb:
  6. barryd

    barryd Read Only Funster

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    I know!!! I downloaded loads of POI and just didnt bother with the Speed cameras as Im in a MH and dont usually speed, Im on holiday. I think they were both towards the end of a couple of tedious journeys so I may have started to push a bit.

    Will see what happens and let you know.

    Cheers
    BD
  7. hallii

    hallii

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    I got caught by a motorway camera last year, never heard anything further so you might be lucky.

    A word of warning, I saw several Police " plain clothes " cars with speed guns disguised on the back parcel shelf! One lot was disguised as a pair of boom boom speakers another was in a cardboard box.

    Not British old chap!

    Hallii
  8. buttons

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    Are you sure they were not just boom boom speakers. How did you know what was in the cardboard box. How did you know they were police. :Smile:
  9. mostin

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    Hi.

    I/we've been going over to France etc for a few years now on both our motorbikes & now in my van. Including this year already.

    When we're on our bikes lets just say we don't hang around :Blush: but we're not reckless. (there's time for speed & times to go slow). but we have been flashed a few times. Note to myself:- i must change my speedo from MPH to KPH next trip :Smile:

    One of the lads that goes with us has worked for VOSA for quite some years now so he's got a good idea of whats going off.

    As i understand it they can now send speeding tickets over the water back to the UK but they just don't both (at the moment) because of all the hassel following it up.

    Mostin.
  10. Norrie

    Norrie

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    And there would be the issue of who gets what in the way of the fine cash.
    You know - offence in France, search done in UK, payment to God knows who.
    It COULD be meerkat seemples, but I bet it isn't.
  11. hallii

    hallii

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    They were Police because they had uniforms on and had big black guns on their hip.

    You could see the speed guns when you looked close up, we had stopped on both occasions in a lay-by for a brew up so had lots of time to sit and watch.

    They (the Police) stood behind the car so motorists couldn't spot them from the road. A Police motorbike waits up the road and stops offenders.

    Hallii
  12. Randonneur

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    They were using this system just outside Bergerac last week,Plain car ,speed camera in rear of vehicle but they had two police motor cycle stoppers with them.Brit reg vehicles fine and pay on spot.French residents given a ticket to pay in 7days.You have been warned.
  13. Goldedition

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    on a sunny day in France,
    when you finish the queue at the motorways payage,
    there could be a uniformed officer waiting for you

    the french are less lazy then you would expect
    you wouldnt be the first surprised foreigner, with a car behind the chain

    all depends on how fast you were going
  14. sedge

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    Re Australian speeding ticket, has whoever it was been back to Oz since? - cos we were told 2 years ago in no uncertain terms by ex-pats and locals alike, if it happened to us to cough up and look happy if we wanted to get back in again in future!
  15. Lincolnshire Rover

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    This last Wednesday heading to Calais from Vannes on the motorway there were some cones with HV flags on then getting a bit further along there was a road gang strimming the verges with a temp 90kph disk on side of road and just past the flashing arrow vehicle was an unmarked poice car with a radar camera fixed to the rear bumper just makes you think how many copped it for not slowing down luckily I usually set the cruise at around 90kph.
  16. buttons

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  17. georgio

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    Good morning,

    We were flashed last year on our way back to callais by a fixed camera, have not heard anything since. This is warning to me to be more alert.


    georgio
  18. barryd

    barryd Read Only Funster

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    Got back last night and waded through 8 weeks of post. No fine but its early days yet. I reckon from the comments that I wont get one.

    Maybe my van will be blacklisted though I and I will get pulled next time I try and enter the country! Big brother and all that!
  19. wkdtroll

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    Hi

    I was in France in April/May and got flashed on the way to Bergerac, I was following a french van who had just overtaken me and was driving like a maniac! There was a 70kph sign followed by a deristricted sign and then closely followed by a 70 kph sign within 200metres!!!
    When we got to the next village there was pandemonium!! There were 4 police cars with their lights flashing and the van had been pulled over and was surrounded by 7 police.:Rofl1: Anyway our friends who live just outside Bergerac told us that the police are very hot on locals who flount the speed limit but that if you get flashed, but not stopped, you should be OK (too much paperwork for them to do!!)
    :thumb::thumb::thumb:
  20. wkdtroll

    wkdtroll

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    Methinks you worry too much!:Smile:

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