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Half of Europeans ignore Belgian traffic fines

12:58 05/03/2015

A 2013 European directive on the exchange of traffic information within the European Union has yet to take effect in Belgium, with about half of the fines given to European offenders going unpaid and unenforced, reports La Dernière Heure.

Currently, only drivers from France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg can be fined for a traffic offense committed in Belgium. Motorists from the 23 other EU member states are let off the hook, unless the police pull them over for the offense. That is either because there is no bilateral agreement between Belgium and the driver’s home country, or there is a language problem with sending out the fines by mail.

FPS Mobility says it is working on a solution, starting with a revision of the procedure for mailing the traffic fines.

Written by Robyn Boyle



I saw this traffic information exchange in action recently. A speeding ticket delivered to Belgium from France for doing 91 in a 90. It's funny how so much cooperation we see these days between countries, not just EU, seems to end up with more money in government coffers.

Mar 5, 2015 11:29

Corrupt governments just want more easy money. The traffic police should be catching real criminals.

Mar 5, 2015 12:39

You just don't drive above the limit and don't pay fines. Also you get some extra km/h for measuring mistake. Mike, when you were fined for 91 likely you were driving around 100. So far I didn't see any speed limits here that would look unreasonable (like putting 50 on a highway during maintenance works along with a radar and then forgetting to remove limit and radar when works are done).

Mar 6, 2015 17:49

What if a moment above the limit is SAFER than a slavish devotion to the limit, and why are the cameras hidden if the limit is so important at that location? This is about collecting more taxes.

Mar 9, 2015 01:01