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France closes Monaco speeding loophole

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The man in charge of France’s speed cameras says he has reached agreement to close a loophole that means drivers from Monaco aren’t prosecuted if caught by a camera in France.

French website thelocal.fr reports that Nicolas Jacquet has been fighting for two years to persuade authorities in Monaco to allow France to pursue its wealthy residents who have been breaking the speed limit.

It says he is tired of speeding drivers collecting up tickets without fear of fines dropping through their letter boxes or legal proceedings being launched against them because Monaco is not in the EU and so is not obliged by the EU directive of March 2015 to allow France access to its vehicle register to process tickets when drivers are caught speeding by roadside cameras.

It says Jacquet told the AFP many drivers are repeat offenders, “A certain number of motorists in luxury sports cars were caught committing very serious speeding offences, more than 50km/h above the limit and some far above that,” he said.

The report adds that in 2016 he sent a list of 206 car registrations to authorities in Monaco – 97 of which had clocked up at least 50 driving offences in France and 109 which had broken the law at least 10 times. But prosecutors in Monaco stressed they could not launch legal proceedings against the drivers but sent out warnings to drivers reminding them of the laws.

One driver was even found to have committed 384 individual offences. In all over the last four years some 400 drivers have committed 13,000 offences on the roads.

Jacquet says he now has an agreement with Monaco’s general prosecutor to put an end “to drivers behaving with total impunity”.

 

 
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