By on November 14, 2009


Speeding tickets are beginning to cross international borders in Europe, thanks to the European car and driving license information system, or EUCARIS. At the beginning of the year, Swiss motorists began being charged for speed camera tickets issued by French authorities. As of October, the French government had collected on a total of 10,000 citations from violations allegedly committed by vehicles registered in Switzerland. A total of 1800 tickets were issued last month alone.

Prior to EUCARIS, most countries had no means of collecting on automated tickets issued to non-citizens because there was no automated system that could identify vehicle registrations in a foreign country. Beginning in 1994, a number of authorities upset by losing millions in potential revenue created the drive to standardize the sharing of electronic vehicle and driver’s license records among the disparate database systems in twenty countries.

Progress in connecting these databases has been slow. Only last year did The Netherlands and Germany become the first to swap speed camera ticketing information. Cross-border tickets will also be issued in Belgium as part of a bilateral information exchange program.

Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom have all signed the EUCARIS treaty with the rest of the European Union countries expected on board by August 2011. Once fully connected, officials hope to be able to issue fully international speeding tickets and introduce further uses, such as the collection of per-mile taxes.


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7 Comments on “European Union Creates International Speeding Ticket...”

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    Only last year did The Netherlands and Germany become the first to swap speed camera ticketing information.
    The Newspaper is wrong. Years ago, I received a Dutch speeding ticket sent to a German address where the German car was registered.  Along with a photo where the lady next to me was (nice touch) blacked out. I ignored it, it was sent again, this time higher. I paid.  The Schengen countries of the EU have exchanged data for years. They even exchange police officers. EUCARIS is likewise old hat, it has been around for many years. It simply provides access to the national databases through one common interface.

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    Yes, I know someone in Arizona who received a speed camera ticket from New Zealand. They were even persistent with nasty and threatening letters. The difference is that without a bilateral agreement between the countries, there’s no way the foreign ticket can affect your driving record.

    Quoting from the link you provided, “In 2008 The Netherlands and Germany were the first two countries that started using this function for the exchange of data regarding traffic offenders.”

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    The future ain’t what it used to be.

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    Think of the revenue possibilities. Good thing European residents have more than enough wealth to pay the fines. Lucky for them, they get such good government out of the deal.

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    Martin Schwoerer

    For the vast majority of people, this is without importance. 
    There is hardly any cross-border execution. Basic legal principle: it takes a German court to penalize a German resident. Foreign courts can issue whatever fines they like, but they can’t force you to pay up.
    Bertel, you could have ignored that double Dutch letter. Your only risk: to be forced to pony up if a Kaaskopp cop pulls you over for some other reason.
    I say, continental Europe is still a paradise for drivers: there is no other area of society where you can break the law on a regular basis without suffering any consequence.

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    Darth Lefty

    “eucharist” is a terrible name for this

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    I hope it is true.  The Swiss – at home pusillanimous followers of every law imaginable, and sticklers for speed limit compliance – are on French highways rude, stupid and dangerous.   Perhaps they will just stay home.  From a Savoyard friend of mine:  “See that white cross on the red flag?  Watch out.  It means ‘bore approaching\'”.

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