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What fine is a foreigner liable for a traffic offence in France?

Verified 06 April 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

If you commit offence road in France, you may have to pay standard fine or logging.

In addition, depending on your nationality, you can be prosecuted and punished upon your return to your country.

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You are German, Austrian, Belgian, British, Danish, Spanish, Estonian, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Monegasque, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Swiss, Czech

You have a home or a job in France

In case of a traffic offence in France, you risk having to pay standard fine.

If you were not immediately arrested in France, you can be continued your return to your country for the following offences:

  • Speed
  • Non-use of seat belts
  • Passing a red light
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Headphone not worn
  • Traffic on a prohibited track
  • Use of mobile phone (or other communication equipment) while driving

You receive a notice of contravention written in the language of your country.

The notice of contravention shall include the nature, date and time of the offence, the amount of the fine, the means of payment and the procedure for challenges.

One call centre if necessary on your steps:

You have a deposit approved by the administration (for example car-club, touring-club)

In case of a traffic offence in France, you may have to pay standard fine.

If you were not immediately arrested in France, you can be continued your return to your country for the following offences:

  • Speed
  • Non-use of seat belts
  • Passing a red light
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Headphone not worn
  • Traffic on a prohibited track
  • Use of mobile phone (or other communication equipment) while driving

You receive a notice of contravention in the language of your country.

The notice of contravention shall indicate, in particular, the nature, date and time of the offence, the amount of the fine, the means of payment and the procedure for contesting it.

One call centre if necessary on your steps:

You're in a different situation

In case of a traffic offence in France, you may have to pay standard fine.

If you cannot pay the penalty or if the offence committed is not punished by a lump sum fine, your vehicle may be detained until payment of logging.

The public prosecutor shall act within 24 hours of the finding of the infringement.

The amount of recorded amount varies depending on the seriousness of the offence.

If you do not pay the deposit, your vehicle may be impounded.

The fee are your responsibility.

If you were not immediately arrested in France, you can be continued your return to your country for the following offences:

  • Speed
  • Non-use of seat belts
  • Passing a red light
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Headphone not worn
  • Traffic on a prohibited track
  • Use of mobile phone (or other communication equipment) while driving

You receive a notice of contravention in the language of your country.

The notice of contravention shall indicate, in particular, the nature, date and time of the offence, the amount of the fine, the means of payment and the procedure for contesting it.

One call centre if necessary on your steps:

You're from another country

You have a home or a job in France

In case of a traffic offence in France, you risk having to pay standard fine.

One call centre if necessary on your steps:

You have a deposit approved by the administration (for example car-club, touring-club)

In case of a traffic offence in France, you risk having to pay standard fine.

One call centre if necessary on your steps:

You're in a different situation

In case of a traffic offence in France, you risk having to pay standard fine.

One call centre if necessary on your steps:

If you cannot pay the penalty or if the offence committed is not punishable by a lump sum fine, your vehicle may be withheld until payment of logging.

The public prosecutor shall act within 24 hours of the finding of the infringement.

The amount The recording varies depending on the severity of the offence.

If you do not pay the deposit, your vehicle may be impounded.

Costs are your responsibility.

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