Incident in parking fine and ban
Hi last winter whilst driving home pulled into a commune parking to call home when reversing out thought it was possible my tow ball came into contact with a parked car, got out to look but dark and late see no damage so after checking the other car appeared to be OK I left.
A few weeks later police came by have cctv for someone specifying my car and looking and I admit I was there and explain I saw no damage and so didn't leave my details. Explain had I thought I had done damage would have left my details. I was Asked to fill in accident report. I again say possible I did damage but I didn’t see any. Very dark and even using torch on phone couldn’t see any.
This results in me being taken to court because I “left the scene of an accident” The insurance paid a lawyer who wouldn’t speak to me I just got his admin when I called. I didn’t go because told was not necessary and my Flemish isn’t fluent.
Now been handed a months driving ban fine of 1500€ and cost plus 160€ because I damaged other car even though my insurance have paid this I believe.
Laywer is saying this is minimum fine and it’s proportionate and don’t bother to appeal. So first off are carparks covered here the same as roads? In the Uk they often aren’t.
Second anyone else think this is normal in Belgium or is it because I’m foreign? I hold EU license in Belgium but didn’t learn or pass test here.