Europe by car

Motoring fines on the continent?


  • Some countries impose on-the-spot fines for minor traffic offences. 
  • Fines are paid in the currency of the country concerned to the police or local post office against a ticket issued. 
  • A receipt should be obtained as proof of payment. 
  • If you drink, don’t drive, the laws are strict and the penalties severe. 
  • Credit Cards are not accepted as a payment method.
  • Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg and Grenoble have introduced the ‘Crit’Air’ scheme, which is designed to curb pollution and requires most vehicles driving within designated ‘environmental zones’ to display a window sticker. The stickers cost €4.80 including postage, and there are six categories of sticker, which are colour-coded according to how much vehicles pollute. If you are caught driving without one in an environmental zone, you can be hit by an on-the-spot fine of €68. The certificates can be purchased online.