Anyone had any experience of dealing with speeding tickets issued abroad?

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Found 17th Feb 2010
I have just received a letter from Polizia Municipale (Italian Police) stating that a car I was driving was caught doing 71kph in a 50kph zone. I was in Italy and had posession of a rental car at the time, but could not say for sure if I had been speeding.

There are a couple of issues I have with this:

Firstly, the supposed offence took place in May 2009, it seems strange they have taken so long to contact me.
Secondly, the address the letter was sent to is actually our next door neighbour's (they have just dropped the letter in to me by hand).

I guess it is possible they have previously written to me and either the letter got lost in the post or the neighbour failed to forward it on to me.

Are there any websites/organisations I can contact to get some advice on this matter, as the summons is asking for payment of about 190 euros and I don't want to just pay it without finding out if it is kosher.

Many thanks in advance, Rep will be given for useful answers or REALLY amusing trolling.

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i didnt think that police can give speeding tickets - if caught by cameras to other countries, not in their durastrictions or something.

were you stopped by the police, i though out of country you had to be stopped! could be wrong though just thats what i was told!

Have a look at this website, it's quite interesting

bella-toscana.com/tra…htm

This part: 4) In Italy, the authorities have up to one year after they have obtained the offender's details to issue a traffic ticket to an offender in a foreign country (unlike in Germany, for example, where there is a three month limit). Italian bureaucracy being what it is, the ticket usually does take a year or more to arrive. The first notice will be a "friendly" letter that arrives unregistered. The second notice will be registered.

Seems to imply that it could well be within the time period if they have only just got your details. Having said that, if they have the wrong address, I don't know where that leaves you. According to that site they probably got your details from the rental agency. It might be an idea to check with them and see if they anything about this sort of procedure.

In Italy they have 360 days to sent out the penalty notice. This 360 days starts from the day that your hire car company disclosed your details.
The hire car company can charge the credit card used at the time of the booking with an administration charge for their time and effort. This can be around 50 Euro.
If this is a genuine ticket and you do not pay then the car hire company can be approached again to rcover the full amount from your credit card. Alternatively a debt recovery agency may become involved.
More details and link to the municipal site - ]click here

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just dont go signing for any subsequent letters and ignore it, unless their uk counterparts get involved just keep a wide berth of italy lol

The same happened to me in Spain about 10yrs ago. I ignored it and heard no more. They wont send interpol out to you :P. I'd just forget about it!

throw it away for the lulz

I know you are still trying to confirm but if you did the crime you should be paying the fine IMO.

A work colleague received a similar fine from Gremany last year but they also sent him a photo of him sitting in the hire car in question with speed etc details displayed so no real argument. Do they provide any contact details to get in touch with them for more info?

Original Poster

DLM;7869898

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2008/sep/13/motoring.consumeraffairs



Really interesting, thanks DLM, repped.

DLM;7869903

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1201481&highlight=italy



Quite funny reading this, I never look at MSE but it seems just like HUKD, lots of trolling and bitching! ;-)

studentessa;7869906

Have a look at this website, it's quite … Have a look at this website, it's quite interestinghttp://www.bella-toscana.com/traffic_violations_italy.htmThis part: 4) In Italy, the authorities have up to one year after they have obtained the offender's details to issue a traffic ticket to an offender in a foreign country (unlike in Germany, for example, where there is a three month limit). Italian bureaucracy being what it is, the ticket usually does take a year or more to arrive. The first notice will be a "friendly" letter that arrives unregistered. The second notice will be registered.Seems to imply that it could well be within the time period if they have only just got your details. Having said that, if they have the wrong address, I don't know where that leaves you. According to that site they probably got your details from the rental agency. It might be an idea to check with them and see if they anything about this sort of procedure.



Really useful, thanks studentessa, repped.

barneybar;7869928

In Italy they have 360 days to sent out the penalty notice. This 360 days … In Italy they have 360 days to sent out the penalty notice. This 360 days starts from the day that your hire car company disclosed your details.The hire car company can charge the credit card used at the time of the booking with an administration charge for their time and effort. This can be around 50 Euro.If this is a genuine ticket and you do not pay then the car hire company can be approached again to rcover the full amount from your credit card. Alternatively a debt recovery agency may become involved.More details and link to the municipal site - ]click here



Really useful, thanks barneybar, repped.

Murielson;7869993

I know you are still trying to confirm but if you did the crime you … I know you are still trying to confirm but if you did the crime you should be paying the fine IMO.A work colleague received a similar fine from Gremany last year but they also sent him a photo of him sitting in the hire car in question with speed etc details displayed so no real argument. Do they provide any contact details to get in touch with them for more info?



I'm not denying doing the crime, but I'm not admitting it either! ;-) I was in Italy at the time, I did hire a car and while I'd be surprised if I did do 71kph in a 50kph, I suppose it is possible.

The problem is it's a real shock when a bill for about £170 drops through your letterbox seven months after the supposed event. Having read the Guardian article, thanks to DLM, it does appear to be fairly normal though and the Italians are notoriously bureaucratic.
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