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Fine to be paid after interception of vehicle by law enforcement

Verified 06 April 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

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When you commit offence at the highway code, the police force, after interception of your vehicle, you notify the fine. They give you a notice of violation or send it to you in case of an electronic ticket (e-ticket). The fine to be paid is lump. Its amount can be reduced or increased according to payment deadlines. There are various ways to settle or challenge this fine.

Major traffic violations that may be punished by standard fine are:

  • No seat belt use
  • Use of handheld mobile phone
  • Ear carrying of any sound-emitting device except electronic deafness corrector
  • Use of lanes and pavements reserved for certain categories of vehicles such as buses and taxis
  • Use of green lanes and pedestrian areas except in authorised areas
  • Traffic, stop, and parking on emergency stop strips
  • Failure to respect safety distances between vehicles
  • Overlapping and Crossing of Continuous Lines
  • Circulation forbidden
  • Turn or reverse on a highway
  • Non-compliance with the stop signs (red light, stop...)
  • Non-compliance with maximum permitted speeds
  • Non-compliance with overflow rules
  • Committing at an intersection that could prevent a vehicle from crossing the other lane
  • Pedestrian Crossing Priority
  • No powered two-wheeled helmet
  • Failure to comply with number plate rules

Please note

specific rules apply to the flat-rate fine procedure for driving without licence and uninsured driving.

When law enforcement officers find a traffic violation, they can notify one of the following 2 ways:

  • Sending a Notice of Contravention if an Electronic Record of Proceedings (eMinutes) has been written on an approved aircraft
  • Issuance of a Notice of Contravention from a Stem Book, accompanied by a payment card also called letter card (this system is disappearing)

The notice shall include the following information:

  • Amount of the lump sum fine
  • Amount of the lump sum fine reduced subject to payment within certain time limits
  • Amount of the lump sum fine increased if you do not pay or contest within the specified time
  • Procedure to pay and contest the fine

Amount of the lump sum fine

Contravention

Minoré

Normal

Majoré

1re class

No reduced amount

€11

€33

2e class

€22

€35

€75

1e class

€45

€68

€180

4e class

€90

€135

€375

Amount is reduced or increased according to the payment period.

The period shall run either from the date of the finding of the infringement or, if a notice of infringement is sent, from that date.

Amount to be paid according to the deadline and the method of payment

Payment time based on payment method

Flat fine

Check or cash

Telepayment (Internet or telephone)

or dematerialised stamp

15 days

30 days

Minorea

45 days

60 days

Normal

Beyond 45 days

Beyond 60 days

Majorée

If you don't pay the flat fine within 45 days (60 days in case of payment by telemedicine), you receive a notice inviting you to pay the increased amount of the fine.

You must pay the increased fine within 30 days of sending the notice (within 45 days in case of payment by telemetry).

However, if you pay the increased fine within 30 days, the amount is reduced by 20%.

At the end of the period allowed to pay the increased fine, the Treasury initiated legal proceedings to obtain its payment.

The Treasury Accountant shall inform the public prosecutor its approach.

If you have trouble paying a standard fine increased, you can request a payment delay or graceful discount.

You must send your request to the Public Treasury Accountant.

Your request must be justified: explain why you need time to pay or a discount.

If the public accountant considers the request to be justified, he or she may grant you either a time limit for payment or a free, partial or full refund (if necessary, a 20% reduction).

By telemarketing

If the teleshopping reference is on the payment card, you can pay the fine remotely.

Remote payment can be made over the Internet or by telephone.

Pay your fine on fines.govt.fr

Who shall I contact

By mail

You can pay the fine by check payable to the Treasury (or the Directorate General of Public Finance, as indicated on the payment card).

It must be accompanied by the payment card.

On site

You can pay the fine at a public finance centre.

Payment can be in cash, by check or by credit card.

Cash payment is limited to €300.

By dematerialised stamp

You can pay the flat fine and the flat fine reduced by dematerialised stamp.

The dematerialised stamp is available from certain approved buralists electronic payment of fines.

You must present the payment stub to the buralist and pay the fine.

The buralist will give you a proof of payment.

Warning  

you cannot pay the lump sum fine increased by dematerialised stamp.

You cannot challenge a standard fine increased (claim procedure) if you have requested a payment period or graceful discount.

Timeouts

You must meet the following deadlines to contest the fine:

  • Flat fine: 45 days from the finding of the offence or, if a notice of contravention is sent, from that
  • Increased flat fine: 30 days from the sending of the notice of increased flat-rate fine

Application (flat-rate fine) or claim (increased flat-rate fine)

Online

The protest can be held directly on the website of theANTAI: titleContent.

Please refer to the Notice of Flat Penalty or Flat Penalty plus for the procedure to follow.

Flat fine notice: online protest

By mail

You must complete the form attached to the notice you received:

  • Request for exemption form in case of flat fine
  • Claim form for increased lump sum

The form explains how to complete it and what supporting documents are to be attached based on the reason for your protest.

Send these documents by letter RAR: titleContent to the Public Prosecution Officer (OMP). His address is on the notice.

Dispute handling

Officer of the public prosecution can take one of the following 3 decisions.

He may waive any prosecution and dismiss the offence. You receive an email to inform yourself.

He may rule your challenge inadmissible. For example, because you did not attach the notice. You receive an email to inform yourself. You must pay the fine under penalty of increase or enforcement by judicial officer.

He may decide to sue you before the police court. There are 2 possibilities: you relaxed or you are fined. Its amount shall be at least equal to that of the flat-rate fine or the increased flat-rate fine. Depending on the offence committed, the judge may also decide on an additional sentence. For example, driving licence suspension.