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(Jalopnik)   Clarkson and Hammond surrender their licenses to the French. May unavailable for comment, he hasn't arrived yet   (oppositelock.jalopnik.com) divider line 32
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2013-11-17 10:51:02 AM
I predict Jezza will be contrite and compunctious in his public apology.
 
2013-11-17 11:08:15 AM

UNC_Samurai: I predict Jezza will be contrite and compunctious in his public apology.


If his story is true (which admittedly, it may not be, but it's all we have to go on), they were doing 87 and 88 mph in what had been an 81 mpg zone, but that had suddenly dropped to a 56 mph zone. Even doing 33 over shouldn't result in being immediately tried and found guilty on the side of the road by the cop and as a result being left on the side of that road with neither the money nor the means to legally leave.
 
2013-11-17 11:32:40 AM
The story came out last October and appears to be true. They were caught by a new antispeeding cadre of French police. Several countries in Europe allow on the spot fines esp. for foreigners.  The French have had a spot fines for seatbelt use for years, the speeding thing is newer replacing the rule of anything less than 50 kph over was just ignored and above was a crime against humanity that could result in arrest. Cruising speed on the autoroute du Soleil of less than 160 kph borders on a death wish. Besides once a person is used to passing in the fog going uphill around a corner they are comfortable with driving in France.
 
2013-11-17 11:44:01 AM
Figures the only place where Captain Slow's driving abilities are appreciated Is France.


/haha, surrender
 
2013-11-17 11:52:30 AM
Been trying to think of a funny headline for this for a couple of days. I see subby finally gave up too.

/I keed, nice one subs
 
2013-11-17 12:42:30 PM
Here in Ontario speeding 50 km/h over the limit is an immediate roadside licence suspension and vehicle impoundment. There will be a fine assessed later at a hearing and of course your insurance is going to go through the roof. You get caught doing this and you're going to have a bad time.

An on the spot fine sounds vindictive though and also wide open for abuse. Police should enforce laws, not be cashiers.
 
2013-11-17 12:50:12 PM
i was busted for speeding (doing 50 in a 30) in switzerland. first offense - driving privileges revoked for a month and nearly $1000 fine.
 
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2013-11-17 12:53:45 PM
Europeans in general seem pretty hard-core about driving violations in general.
 
2013-11-17 01:02:49 PM

vpb: Europeans in general seem pretty hard-core about driving violations in general.


Isn't it Finland that bases your fine on a percentage of your income?

/explains why the guys have never done a public road test in Finland
 
2013-11-17 02:51:20 PM
I wonder what the actual fine is for speeding that much over the limit.  Highly variable fines are a recipe for corruption.
 
2013-11-17 03:04:27 PM
The Germans have a max amount for on the spot fines and the fines triples if they have to mail it to you for lack of cash. German police have weird legal abilities, just be polite and give them their beer money. The French still have what I call reasonable corruption, but not a nightmare for driving fines if you speak some French and not rude.   The Swiss I think are about the harshest in continental  Europe. Top gear ran into problems in the Swiss a few years ago because they filmed themselves speeding and broadcast it
 
2013-11-17 03:09:39 PM

eurotrader: The story came out last October and appears to be true. They were caught by a new antispeeding cadre of French police. Several countries in Europe allow on the spot fines esp. for foreigners.  The French have had a spot fines for seatbelt use for years, the speeding thing is newer replacing the rule of anything less than 50 kph over was just ignored and above was a crime against humanity that could result in arrest. Cruising speed on the autoroute du Soleil of less than 160 kph borders on a death wish. Besides once a person is used to passing in the fog going uphill around a corner they are comfortable with driving in France.


They have had huge problems with tourists just driving through and ignoring the fines.  Hence the on-the-spot fines.
 
2013-11-17 03:11:35 PM
Motorsports trifecta complete?
 
2013-11-17 03:25:38 PM
Five bucks says clarkson planned it so they didn't have to stay in france..
 
2013-11-17 03:38:52 PM
I was assessed an on-the-spot fine in Austria. I had been going with the flow of traffic, but the tourist gets flagged. I played up the ignorant American role ("This speedometer has dual units and I read the wrong one!") and the fine went from €250 to €40, but I did have to pay it on the spot.
 
2013-11-17 03:46:41 PM
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2013-11-17 03:48:25 PM

FrancoFile: eurotrader: The story came out last October and appears to be true. They were caught by a new antispeeding cadre of French police. Several countries in Europe allow on the spot fines esp. for foreigners.  The French have had a spot fines for seatbelt use for years, the speeding thing is newer replacing the rule of anything less than 50 kph over was just ignored and above was a crime against humanity that could result in arrest. Cruising speed on the autoroute du Soleil of less than 160 kph borders on a death wish. Besides once a person is used to passing in the fog going uphill around a corner they are comfortable with driving in France.

They have had huge problems with tourists just driving through and ignoring the fines.  Hence the on-the-spot fines.


I'm sure being British, and famous Brits at that, didn't help.
 
2013-11-17 04:07:37 PM
Sports tab?
 
2013-11-17 04:29:57 PM
If a cop demands immediate payment, it's not a fine or a speeding ticket, it's a bribe and you should never pay it.
 
2013-11-17 05:06:52 PM
Kelly or Patricia?
 
2013-11-17 05:22:45 PM
So how many French cars are gonna get crushed by pianos next series?
 
2013-11-17 05:26:55 PM

Lost Thought 00: If a cop demands immediate payment, it's not a fine or a speeding ticket, it's a bribe and you should never pay it.


No, in France it's a fine and very legal as you get a receipt. If you don't have the cash on you and you refuse to go to a ATM to get it they will seize your car. The only coppers worse in Western Europe are the German traffic police. At least the Dutch or British police won't be coonts if you are polite.
 
2013-11-17 05:41:09 PM
I'm ok with this.
 
2013-11-18 12:19:38 AM

good_2_go: Sports tab?


I'm not typically one to harp on the difference between Sports and Entertainment Tabs...(oh, who the hell am I kidding)

But this really does belong in the Entertainment one.
 
2013-11-18 02:07:07 AM

FlashHarry: i was busted for speeding (doing 50 in a 30) in switzerland. first offense - driving privileges revoked for a month and nearly $1000 fine.


Is Switzerland one of the countries that fines you based on your salary?  I know there are a few of those in Europe.
 
2013-11-18 04:45:56 AM

Dr Jack Badofsky: FlashHarry: i was busted for speeding (doing 50 in a 30) in switzerland. first offense - driving privileges revoked for a month and nearly $1000 fine.

Is Switzerland one of the countries that fines you based on your salary?  I know there are a few of those in Europe.


Nah, Switzerland combines the easygoing hospitality of the banjo players in Deliverance with the political and economic egalitarianism of a Libertarian Party meeting in Silicon Valley.  Seriously, to go more right-wing in Europe, you'd need a time machine.

All the salary-based fines are up north, IIRC -- you were probably thinking of Sweden.
 
2013-11-18 04:48:30 AM

eurotrader: The Germans have a max amount for on the spot fines and the fines triples if they have to mail it to you for lack of cash. German police have weird legal abilities, just be polite and give them their beer money. The French still have what I call reasonable corruption, but not a nightmare for driving fines if you speak some French and not rude.   The Swiss I think are about the harshest in continental  Europe. Top gear ran into problems in the Swiss a few years ago because they filmed themselves speeding and broadcast it


That would explain all the comments about "car hating Switzerland" on Top Gear over the years.  This isn't the first time Clarkson's been pulled over in France during filming.  As I recall, the Gendarmes nabbed him during the London to Verbier race and he got a £60 spot fine.
 
2013-11-18 08:38:48 AM

King Something: So how many French cars are gonna get crushed by pianos next series?


Or dumpsters [UK: skips], for that matter, like that Maserati Biturbo (though that got crushed because it was a hunk o' junk, not because of trouble with Italy).
 
2013-11-18 09:12:32 AM

caira: Dr Jack Badofsky: FlashHarry: i was busted for speeding (doing 50 in a 30) in switzerland. first offense - driving privileges revoked for a month and nearly $1000 fine.

Is Switzerland one of the countries that fines you based on your salary?  I know there are a few of those in Europe.

Nah, Switzerland combines the easygoing hospitality of the banjo players in Deliverance with the political and economic egalitarianism of a Libertarian Party meeting in Silicon Valley.  Seriously, to go more right-wing in Europe, you'd need a time machine.

All the salary-based fines are up north, IIRC -- you were probably thinking of Sweden.


Actually, Switzerland does it too. A rich guy driving very fast racked up a fine equal to about 1.1 million USD
 
2013-11-18 09:19:45 AM

Dr Jack Badofsky: FlashHarry: i was busted for speeding (doing 50 in a 30) in switzerland. first offense - driving privileges revoked for a month and nearly $1000 fine.

Is Switzerland one of the countries that fines you based on your salary?  I know there are a few of those in Europe.


nope. i was living across the border in france at the time, so it wasn't that big a deal. still, i did most of my shopping in switzerland (6% VAT vs. 19% in france), so that kind of blew.
 
2013-11-18 05:08:36 PM

fatalvenom: good_2_go: Sports tab?

I'm not typically one to harp on the difference between Sports and Entertainment Tabs...(oh, who the hell am I kidding)

But this really does belong in the Entertainment one.


I'd tend to agree, myself, but the WWE threads are some of the biggest in the sports tab.

Sort of gives a carte blanche to any entertainment-related topic being posted to the sports tab.
 
2013-11-18 10:53:24 PM

Polish Hussar: eurotrader: The Germans have a max amount for on the spot fines and the fines triples if they have to mail it to you for lack of cash. German police have weird legal abilities, just be polite and give them their beer money. The French still have what I call reasonable corruption, but not a nightmare for driving fines if you speak some French and not rude.   The Swiss I think are about the harshest in continental  Europe. Top gear ran into problems in the Swiss a few years ago because they filmed themselves speeding and broadcast it

That would explain all the comments about "car hating Switzerland" on Top Gear over the years.  This isn't the first time Clarkson's been pulled over in France during filming.  As I recall, the Gendarmes nabbed him during the London to Verbier race and he got a £60 spot fine.


That and auto racing in Switzerland has been banned for nearly 60 years. If you need transportation in Switzerland, you're probably just better off walking.
 
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