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Old 29 Apr 2004
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traffic infringments

ok...so what happens if im riding around the world on a bike and i get booked for speeding or some other infringement, lets say in europe. in australia im pretty sure there isnt much that the police can do.
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You have to pay then and there usually. Nice ones let you off! In some places its cheaper without a receipt.
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In Canada travellers usually get away without paying, as you are only issued a ticket which is supposed to be paid within 14 days or so - but of course if you don't pay, there will be a warrant out for you, so don't come back! I think the US is much the same.

In South America for instance you will usually pay on the spot. Sometimes you can negotiate a better price. ALWAYS worth trying for a "better rate", but be careful not to hint at a bribe - some countries will toss you in jail.

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In Europe for a foreigner it's generally pay on the spot or have your vehicle impounded and towed at your expense.

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But what if a speed camera takes your picture? In the Netherlands it can take up to three months before you get the fine by mail! In three months you probably left the country already, and how would they know where to send the fine? Would they bother?

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I Have been stopped for speeding in a few places. Bulgaria for doing 50mph in a 50kph area even though it was a duel carrigeway, I acted stupid, very easy for me, and after about 45 minutes they decided it was easier to let me go than continue. In Hungary I had to pay about $10 on the spot, the officer spoke excellent English and therefor I could not pretend I didn't know what he was on about.
In Turkey they looked round the bike and sent me on my way, In Estonia again they looked at the bike chatted a bit and sent me away. In Romania I was sent on my way and even in Zambia where they got me with a radar gun they let me go. All of the above have been only about 10-20 mph over the speed limit or for going down one way streets the wrong way, I find that grinning like an idiot, removing my helmet straight away and offering a hand shake all go along way to making friends with the local plod.
I was stopped in Kenya for not haveing my lights on in the daytime but as soon as I put them on the policeman just waved me on. I wish British police were as nice as all the overseas police I have met. I was once stopped for speeding in Pakistan and after a long chat about world polotics was sent on my way with some cake and sugery sweets.
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