Admit it, we’ve all been riding a bit speeding, thinking that in any case, the margin of error of the radar was going to save us. A daring bet with his driving license that we have all already taken one day or another, and which is not without merit. Because indeed, fixed and mobile radars do have a technical margin. Be careful, because this is in no way a tolerance intended for motorists, but rather a safety, thus making it possible to compensate for any errors. No question of giving us the slightest gift, of course, but simply to avoid sanctioning someone who simply would not have done anything. Moreover, as the Road Safety website specifies ” It is therefore impossible to be penalized for an “insignificant” speeding violation, since this margin must always be added to it. Example: if you are recorded at a speed of 97 km / h, the figure retained is 92 km / h ».
Margins as a function of speed
Whether you are dealing with a fixed or mobile speed camera, the principle is the same, since the margins vary according to the speed. For cabins or binoculars on foot or in a vehicle, it is of the order of 5 km / h below 100 km / h, then 5% once this speed is exceeded. On-board devices have a greater margin, of the order of 10 km / h then 10% above 100 km / h. Concretely, if you are speeding in a zone limited to 50 km / h, you will only be fined if you exceed 56 km / h if it is a fixed speed camera. For a mobile radar, whether in a police car or a private vehicle, it will then be necessary to travel at 61 km / h to be flashed. On a motorway limited to 130 km / h, a cabin will give you a ticket from 137 km / h, while a car in circulation will immortalize you once past 143 km / h, which leaves you a good margin. However, it is obviously necessary to respect the limitations so as not to risk the sanction.
Speeding: what penalties?
In the event of speeding, various penalties are provided for depending on the importance of the latter. If you exceed less than 20 km / h, you simply risk a fine of 68 or 135 € depending on the maximum authorized speed, as well as a withdrawal of one point. In the event of an excess of less than 30 km / h, the penalty increases to 135 € and two points, then to three points for less than 40 km / h and four points if you stay under 50 km / h. Other sanctions may also be applied, such as a license suspension or the obligation to carry out an awareness training course.
If you exceed the maximum speed by more than 50 km / h, then it becomes a offense, which exposes you to a withdrawal of six points, as well as a fine of € 1,500. You also incur a 3-year suspension of your driving license, confiscation of your vehicle or a ban on driving certain motor vehicles for three years. In the event of a repeat offense, the fine increases to € 3,750, together with a three-month prison sentence and systematic confiscation of the vehicle if the driver is the owner.
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