Released September 17th, 2009
If you were fined for a driving offence you did not commit… If the courts have endorsed your driving license with penalty points… If you have appealed to an adjudicator without result… If you are still feeling helpless in the labyrinth of traffic law administration…
Take heart! How to Fight Your Car Fines comes to the rescue of all the drivers who have been wrongly charged.
The more offences observed, the higher the state’s profits: in today’s France, 40 million violations of traffic laws are observed every year – and the figures are yet increasing. It is not that motorists are less careful; in fact, traffic policemen have recently been ordered to ‘make their numbers’, and it is now widely alleged that they are expected to meet yearly quotas. Therefore, while more and more officers are in charge of car fines, less and less ensure safety on the roads. Car fines have thus become part of a juicy business, a true industry, with its own secret connexions and abuses.
Revolting facts? Maybe not so much after all… For many citizens are not aware that they can challenge their fines in almost all situations. In the handbook’s second part, Philippe Vénère offers accurate advice on a case-by-case basis to effectively contest illegitimate charges. The reader will learn everything about traffic lights, parking spaces, car pound, mobile phone use while driving, failure to give way and penalty points.
The former head of Paris first division of Criminal Police, also a former teacher at Paris VIII University, Philippe Vénère served as a state officer from 1992 to 1996. Every day during four years, he dealt with various drivers’ claims.