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Speeding fines in France


Foreigner or not, speeding is punishable by law (usual speed limits). Having a french driving licence or not, driving a vehicle with french driving plates or not, will make a difference in the outcome:
- You are arrested by the police or gendarmerie for moderate speeding. Fine to be paid on the spot. Points lost if french driving licence.
- You are arrested by the police or gendarmerie for inmoderate speeding (in excess of 50km/h). Fine to be paid, licence confiscated, vehicle might be impounded.
- You are caught speeding by a speed camera but not arrested with a foreign registered car. You are not likely to ever have to pay the fine, except if you are from Luxembourg. For now. Check here for more.

Speeding by less than 20 km/h (12 mph)

  • Fine (0) : 68 euros
  • License points loss : 1 point
  • License suspension : none
if however the speed limit is lower than 50 km/h (31 mph)
  • Fine (1) : 135 euros
  • License points loss : 1 point
  • License suspension : none

Speeding between 20 km/h and 30 km/h (12 mph to 19 mph)

  • Fine (1) : 135 euros
  • License points loss: 2 points
  • License suspension (2) : none

Speeding between 30 km/h and 40 km/h (19 mph to 25 mph)

  • Fine (1) : 135 euros
  • License points loss: 3 points
  • License suspension (2) : 3 years

Speeding between 40 km/h and 50 km/h (25 mph to 31 mph)

  • Fine (1) : 135 euros
  • License points loss: 4 points
  • License suspension (2) : 3 years

Speeding by more than 50 km/h (31 mph)

  • Fine (2) : 1500 euros
  • License points loss: 6 points
  • License suspension (2) : 3 years

Second offence speeding by more than 50 km/h (31 mph)

  • Jail (2) : 3 months
  • Fine (2) : 3750 euros
  • License points loss: 6 points
  • License suspension (2) : 3 years

(0) The fine is 68 euros, however if paid in less than 15 days it is 45 euros, and if paid in more than 45 days it is 180 euros. The maximum possible being 450 euros (if it goes into trial).
(1) The fine is 135 euros, however if paid in less than 15 days it is 90 euros, and if paid in more than 45 days it is 375 euros. The maximum possible being 750 euros (if it goes into trial).
(2) maximum.

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