Pay or not? Speeding ticket from abroad

Who is in Foreign countries catching a ticket has two options. Either of these can have costly consequences.

Unpopular holiday souvenirs include parking tickets for driving too fast or parking incorrectly abroad. But what about the payment behavior of traffic offenders? A survey by AutoScout24 According to that, 55 percent of the participants pay a ticket immediately. 45 percent, on the other hand, try to avoid paying. The strategies for this are different: 22 percent of traffic offenders do not pay at first, file an objection and even consider legal action. 17 percent are only willing to pay the fine if the ticket was issued in an EU country. 4 percent only transfer if they plan to travel to the country in question in the near future. 2 percent do not pay the ticket because they assume that the costs for it cannot be collected in Germany. 

EU agrees on parking tickets

A basic distinction is made between EU and non-EU countries when collecting fines. A person from Switzerland, for example, will not be enforced in Germany, but if the perpetrator comes under control on a later visit to the country, there is a risk of high fines. The Law on International Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters has been in force in the EU since 2010. Fines over 70 euros can be collected in Germany. Anyone who gets a ticket in Austria must expect that it will be enforced from an amount of 25 euros.

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