As French authorities look for a company to collect speeding fines from foreign motorists we heartily recommend Euro Parking Collection PLC.
There is nobody to blame except for ourselves. Not just for unwittingly falling foul of Brussels’ parking regulations but for writing about it on this website.
A few days after our article last month How will UKIP councils tackle unpaid foreign traffic fines? – which mentioned how we were ticketed in the Belgian capital but didn’t know how to pay the fine – a letter from Euro Parking Collection dropped through DriveEurope’s front door.
Euro Parking Collection (EPC), based in London, are contracted on behalf of many individual European local authorities to collect traffic infringement fines on their behalf.
EPC’s clients include municipalities in Hungary, Norway, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands – Belgium of course – and our own much loved Transport for London.
Despite a deeply ingrained corporate culture of respect, fairness and responsibility, DriveEurope couldn’t help but feel aggrieved that EPC – which prides itself on its ‘international coverage assisting local authorities in 10 European countries and employing a multilingual, multinational staff’ – apparently only managed to track us down thanks to the efficiency of Google Alerts.
Not sure how officials at the ‘Administration Communale d’Etterbeek’ in Brussels feel about that*, or that it took EPC a few days short of five months to find us.
Whatever, we have now paid the £31.12 due. No doubt the company shareholders are delighted to have their margins slashed and admin costs swollen by the registered letter we received assuring us that the matter was now closed.
As the French authorities cast around for a suitable company to facilitate the speeding fines they are now authorised to collect from foreign motorists we wholeheartedly point them in the direction of Euro Parking Collection. (The articles we have seen on the subject say UK motorists will not be liable for speed camera detected offences in France as our govt is not a signatory to the relevant treaty – parking is a civil offence, speeding criminal – but don’t bet on it. We will keep you posted).
* probably not much: the Brussels’ authorities are themselves happy to rely on Google Translate for the English version of the city’s incomprehensible parking regulations. Also, drivers should note that Brussels’ parking zones are only marked on their boundaries, and that ticket machines and parking information is not available on every street.