On the road, nothing surprising if you have the feeling of being often doubled by Belgians or Spaniards. Foreign “tourists” account for 18% of PV!

On the road, nothing surprising if you have the feeling of being often doubled by Belgians or Spaniards. Foreign "tourists" account for 18% of PV!
On the road, nothing surprising if you have the feeling of being often doubled by Belgians or Spaniards. Foreign “tourists” account for 18% of PV!
In 2016, automatic speed cameras broke all records, either by the number of recorded flashes (25.6 million, + 26%), PV (16 million, 21%), revenue (€ 920 million , + 17%)! This increase was due to the introduction of new equipment (4,398 in total on 31 December last year), which is also more sneaky (600 double-sided cabins, 203 formidable self-contained radars, 884 unmarked radar cars …). But it is also explained by the increasingly “generous” contribution of foreign motorists.

Last year, no fewer than 2.86 million notices were sent outside our borders (nearly 18% of the total) … It is again 41% more than the previous year. Would our European neighbors lose more than before on our roads? Let us bet rather that they were more numerous to circulate in France. Another explanation is that the list of countries with which LV exchanges take place systematically lasts year after year. They were now ten at the end of 2016, in addition to Austria (in December only), Italy and Luxembourg *. This year, three other Member States will be added: Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

In the meantime, the record is eloquent. Out of the 2.86 million PVs dispatched outside France, the vast majority (2.56) concerned the 10 “partner” countries. In addition, there are 104,721 plums sent to other European countries and 196,486 to other nations in the world (only on denunciation by the owner or by a landlord).

Belgians, Spaniards and Germans on the podium
Here are the scores of representatives of the top ten nations.

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1. Belgians: 446,161 PV
2. Spaniards: 406,669
3. Germans: 386,287
4. Dutch: 371,316
5. Italian: 287,299
6. Swiss: 254,336
7. Romanians: 175,777
8. Polish: 126,300
9. Luxemburgish *: 103,059
10. Americans **: 62.049

* Now for the whole of France, since 2004, only the VPs from the border departments were concerned. ** No agreement between France and the USA: these are only denunciations. Photo: A.Saunier / EMAS

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