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speeding ticket in spain on toll road - advice on payment?

Hello, does anyone have advice on this one?
We were on the toll road from San Sebastian to Barcelona - evidently we were over the speed limit since we got a ticket from the toll road authority when we got home. We must have shown up on a video cam. Is this one of those things that we can let slide, or will we end up on some international "do not rent list"? It is a hundred dollars. Any advice or has anyone been in a similar situation? thanks - Kim the Spanish Speeder!

Posted by
5697 posts

Same thing in France - we just paid up (easy to do on their website) and accepted it as part of the cost of a driving vacation.

Posted by
33301 posts

Would you expect somebody from Spain who was caught speeding on the Interstate to "let it slide"?

That will be your answer.

When you do decide to break the law by ignoring the ticket, expect, some time in the future a knock on the door or an unpleasant letter in the box.

Posted by
8293 posts

It's a matter of ethics, don't you think? You broke the law, you got a ticket and now you should pay it. If you got a ticket while driving in other than your home state in the USA, would you ignore it? Would you advise a tourist from Spain to ignore a speeding ticket in the USA?

Posted by
1548 posts

Why do you think you have the right to even ask this question? Do your ethics and morals stop working outside the borders of the USA? Or do your ethics and morals even work within the USA?

Posted by
4535 posts

If for some reason you decide not to do the right thing, you should know there have been reports, mostly from those traveling in Italy, that collection agencies can get involved with unpaid tickets. That is no guarantee that you would hear from one, but if you did, it would only add to the cost of your ticket.

You will probably also get a charge on your credit card from the rental agency. Most have contracts that stipulate they will charge you an administrative fee for providing the authorities with your contact information.

Posted by
2252 posts

Please just pay it. That way it will be off your mind and you will know you have done the right thing.

Posted by
1548 posts

How can it be "impossible" if there is "one" capable of doing it?
Improbable is more likely.
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