Living in Greece

A practical guide to moving, living, working & traveling in Greece, plus musing and misadventures from an American in Athens

Tickets and fines in Greece

fines.gifPhoto from Kathimerini

Drivers in Greece rank among the EU’s most dangerous, and the number of accidents has decreased with increased traffic, which is good and bad, thousands of cars now withdrawn from circulation due to austerity and more citizens turning to public transport. Before fitting in with locals by parking on the sidewalk or running a red light, take a look at the penalties and fines for motor vehicles.

The Ministry of Transport was due to raise penalties in Fall 2011, but there have been several cabinet changes since George Papandreou left office and passage of a new code is delayed.

*Article last updated June 8, 2014. However, answers in ‘Comments’ reflect a specific case and whatever laws were in effect at the time; there are also two updates pending.

Warning

This article has been copied without permission by expat guides and car hire companies, which refuse to honor copyright or give attribution. Therefore, you are not necessarily getting confirmation from different sources.

Be careful who you trust.

Moving violations

Fine Offense
100€ Motorcyclists using cell phone without hands-free
150€ Motorcyclists driving while talking on cell phone without a remote device
200€ Entering the Athens Ring on the wrong day *
200€, plus 5 points Driving in a bus lane
200€ (motorcycle/car) 400€ (truck/bus), loss of license for up to 30 days Driving without a license, an expired license or the wrong class license
200-2000€, loss of license & jail for up to 6 months Driving under the influence
350€, loss of license for 10 days Driving without a seat belt
350€, 5 points, loss of license for 10 days Driving without a helmet
700€ and 9 points Crossing level-crossing barriers
700€, 9 points, loss of license for 60 days Running a red light or stop sign

*EllasDevil recommends stopping and blocking the street instead of pulling over, thus causing a commotion and getting the OK to continue.

Non-moving violations

Fine Offense
50€ * Failure to produce a KTEO card
80-150€ & removal of your license plates ** Parking ticket, depends on the offense and previous violations
150€ and 9 points Parking in a handicapped zone
150€ Parking in an emergency zone
250€ & loss of license for 10 days Motorcycles/scooters driving without insurance
500€ & loss of license for 10 days Cars driving without insurance
2-3 year suspension of driver’s license Uninsured vehicle involved in accident
Tow and impound*** Parking on street with a laiki in progress

* New bill lowered fine from 400 euros to 50 euros, as long as offender presents vehicle at KTEO for inspection within 10 days of violation. Traffic wardens were hesitant to issue fines with debt crisis.
** Weld them to your car/motorcycle (ED’s tip)
*** May also be moved manually by strong, charitable men (free, except for some yelling and unsolicited advice)

Notes

  • All fines are reduced by half if paid within 10 days
  • If you accumulate 25 points in a three-year period, you lose your license
  • 10 driving lessons and a driving test are required to get it back
  • It takes three (3) years from the date of violation for points to drop off your record

Where to pay

If your ticket was issued by the police, bring your ticket and pay at the post office (taxydromeio).

If your ticket was issued by the local municipality, bring your ticket and pay at that municipality’s mayor’s office (dimarxeio) or city hall. Locations can be found by:
a) looking in a map book purchased from the kiosk (periptero),
b) doing a Google search,
c) calling KEP Citizen Centres at ‘1500’,
d) asking a neighbor, car/moto rental company or hotel concierge who should know the answer.

If for some reason you did not or could not pay the fine while in Greece, make arrangements to pay with a friend/relative in Greece or the Greek embassy/consulate nearest you.

There is no way to pay the fine for your ticket online. Online transactions and e-government services are advanced concepts in Greece. If it changes, this article will be updated.

Where to find confiscated license plates

License plates of vehicles registered in Greece are held at the tax office (eforia) where you are officially on file, i.e., the location nearest your residence. If you failed to change your address after moving, they were sent to the former location. You show proof of payment or clearance of a fine/penalty and pick them up.

License plates of vehicles registered in a foreign country are sent back to the home country via the embassy/consulate, after which you should be notified by mail or phone to retrieve them.

*Disclaimer: I do not own a car in Greece. Information is sourced from people I know and readers who contributed their first-hand experience.

Questions and Answerswebsite metrics

This section was created after several people asked the same questions and did not read the responses I gave other commentators in the same or similar circumstances.

Will the fine/penalty increase with time?

If not paid within 10 days, the full fine/penalty is due. Beyond that, it will not double or triple as some countries. However, the DOY/eforia/Greek tax office will be notified of an outstanding violation, and clearing the fine will require a traffic court appearance.

What if I want to protest the ticket?

You must do it immediately with local police/authorities who issued the ticket, in person, in writing and in Greek.

To find the address, phone number, hours of operation or map of a Greek police station nearest you, see:

Should you not speak/write Greek and don’t have someone to bring with you, Greek tourist police can assist 24 hours a day with interpretation and translation in English, French and German by calling ‘171.’ However, tourist police represent a different division of police and cannot intervene beyond that.

Can I ask my consulate/embassy for help?

Consulates and embassies are guests in this country much as you are, do not have jurisdiction in Greece, and therefore cannot assist in legal matters. The most they can do is refer you to police, tourist police, give recommendations for lawyers/attorneys and help you get in touch with relatives back home, if necessary.

What if I lost the ticket/letter?

You can request a copy or assistance in paying it by contacting the police or local municipality who gave it to you.

Where can I check for tickets?

It depends on where you got your ticket and who issued it. There isn’t one central database or ministry where you can check for outstanding fines and tickets in Greece.

Certain tickets will be attached to your car registration in Greece and you’ll be asked to pay upon receiving the annual circulation tax bill. Others may never find you or be on record.

If I rented a car/quad/motorcycle/scooter, got a ticket and didn’t pay, what will happen to me?

Depends. If you didn’t tell the rental agency about it on purpose and didn’t pay, they have the right to charge the credit card on file when they receive notification or learn from the tax office that a ticket is attached to the vehicle’s license plate number. Authorization is normally included in the standard rental agreement you signed.

You can protest the charge with your creditor, but a counterclaim will likely be filed by the rental company with the ticket and rental agreement as evidence, and the charge will stand.

If the agency does not have a credit card on file, then it’s common sense that they cannot charge or track you.

If I signed nothing and didn’t pay, will I get away with it?

It depends on:

a) Whether you’re a resident of Greece, EU citizen or non-EU citizen:
— If you’re a resident of Greece, the likelihood of a ticket or fine following you is much greater since your passport, Greek or EU national ID or license number may be cross-referenced at the tax office. Your nationality is irrelevant.
— If you are a Greek citizen, it will be much easier for authorities to track you, whether you live in Greece or not.
— If you are a non-Greek EU citizen living anywhere in the EU, any outstanding tickets, fines and orders to appear in a Greek court will follow you home. As of December 2010, the ministers of transport in all EU countries agreed to set up a cross-border system to pursue outstanding tickets and collect fines in their country of residence for the following violations: Speeding, running red lights, driving under the influence, using restricted lanes, not wearing a seat belt and using a mobile device while driving. Readers also report that not wearing a helmet is part of this list.
— If you are a non-Greek EU citizen living outside the EU, the likelihood is less though your passport may be flagged.
— If you are a non-EU citizen living outside of Greece, the likelihood is lowest. Greece has checkpoints at its land borders to screen foreign vehicles with unpaid fines but not passports; this may change when the Schengen database is implemented in full by 2014. And if you are a non-EU citizen from a country that can travel visa-free to Greece, the likelihood is very low.

b) If you get another ticket:
Should you get another ticket, you increase the chances of being caught, especially if it happens in the same municipality/district.

c) How centralized systems have become or if cross-referencing is done in the area:
More than anything else, finding you and imposing greater consequences will depend on the centralization of systems and implementation by local, national and EU authorities. Greece is known for its disorganization, but computerization and synchronization have improved between municipal tax offices, police and public transport stations, border crossings (Schengen computer) and ministry branches as of 2010.

Modern and multilingual, ex-PM Papandreou ordered implementation of e-government processes from October 5, 2009, and this has continued to advance even though he stepped down in November 2011.

There’s no way for me or anyone to know how centralized an area has become or to what extent local or national authorities will enforce the law. Greece is a “results may vary” country. Different people in the same circumstances on the same day can experience punishment ranging from nothing to everything. Anything is possible.

I do not work for the Greek government or have access to your records. Nor do I know all the traffic laws of your country, how they harmonize with Greece or how traffic police, embassies/consulates and courthouses may coordinate efforts (or not) and how that specifically applies to your violation according to residency, citizenship, car ownership/rental and travel record.

They took my license, and I left the country without paying the fine. Will I get it back?

Greek authorities will send the license to your country’s embassy and the embassy will forward it to whatever address is currently on file with transport authorities. Otherwise, you need to get a new license.

Can I be denied a visa to Greece or denied entry to the country if I have an outstanding fine/ticket?

— If you are a Greek citizen or a resident of Greece of any nationality with a valid residence permit/card/certificate, authorities cannot deny you entry to Greece.
— If you are a non-Greek EU citizen with a valid passport or national ID card, you do not need a visa and will not be checked at the border because Greece is a Schengen country.
— If you are a non-EU citizen from a country required to get a visa from Greece, it is possible that Greek authorities may deny a future visa or entry to the country, especially once the Schengen database is implemented in full by 2014. You have technically broken the law, and this is grounds for denial.

*Stolen vehicles are registered in the Schengen Information System (SIS), which means border authorities can trace them and check if their tags are fake.

What is your advice?

My advice is to use common sense. If you’re driving on a suspended license, behaving badly or signing a helmet waiver as part of your rental agreement, don’t blame or complain and accept consequences for your actions. After all, no one forced you. It is your responsibility to ask questions and educate yourself before visiting a country as a guest or becoming a resident, and all guides for Greece have a brief overview of road rules. Ignorance is never a legitimate defense.

I realize that some people are only concerned with partying it up and don’t care about respecting local laws and customs. If that’s the case, then please don’t expect anyone to care about you when you’re in trouble. Respect and responsibility go both ways.

Sources

Πρόστιμο 200 ευρώ σε οδηγούς χωρίς δίπλωμα οδήγησης” — Naftemporiki
Greece to screen foreign vehicles for unpaid fines” — ANA-MPA
Driving in Greece a parable to living in Greece” — Kathimerini
Οι Ευρωπαίοι πολίτες πληρώνουν στη χώρα τους” — Imerisia
“Ο ΟΑΣΑ εγκαινιάζει τρεις νέες λεωφορειολωρίδες” (article removed) — Kathimerini
Traffic fines in Greece to be raised late 2011” — Ta Nea
Αλλάζουν τα όρια ταχύτητας στους αυτοκινητοδρόµους” (Chart)– Ta Nea
Zakynthos policeman posed as traffic cop to extort bribes from tourists” — Eleftherotypia
Πιο τσουχτερά τα πρόστιμα για παραβάσεις του ΚΟΚ” — To Vima
Car wanted by SIS detained at border” — Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria
Uninsured drivers to be slapped with 250 euro fine” — Kathimerini
Fines for uninsured drivers and vehicles” — Naftemporiki
In Athens alone, 151 tickets issued to vehicles with diplomatic plates” — Naftemporiki

Related posts

Driving and driver’s licenses in Greece
The first time I drove in Athens
Walking in the Big A…not Apple, but Athens

Updates pending

http://www.tovima.gr/society/article/?aid=449029

http://www.tovima.gr/society/article/?aid=471527

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/news/cstory.asp?id=2244898

Για ΚΤΕΟ οι περισσότερες παραβάσεις των οδηγών στο κέντρο της Αθήνας

http://www.tovima.gr/society/article/?aid=507341

http://www.ethnos.gr/article.asp?catid=22768&subid=2&pubid=63812739

http://www.tovima.gr/society/article/?aid=536034

125 Comments »

  Liz wrote @ December 3rd, 2008 at 16:31

i got a ticket on the train and didn’t paid it… what happens if i don’t paid it? she took the number of the passport.

  Kat wrote @ December 10th, 2008 at 10:15

Depends. If you’re unfortunate and the authorities are enforcing these fines, you’ll eventually be caught. However, more likely is nothing will happen because the system is not centralized in many areas of Greece and your passport number will not be cross referenced.

  iain wrote @ May 21st, 2009 at 01:23

hi, i got caught last year by the police not wearing a helmet and got fined 360 euros but left without paying. what will happen when i return this summer?? any help would be appreciated. thanks. iain from northern ireland.

Kat Reply:

Hi Iain, I love your name! It’s doubtful anything will happen to you. Since you’re an EU citizen, your passport will not be scanned or inspected at the border. Even if you get another ticket, the system isn’t yet that sophisticated to detect you had a previous violation on your Irish driver’s license. Conscience aside, it would only be an issue if you came to live here because the tax office would have a record, and it follows you. Have a nice summer! :)

  Michael wrote @ June 27th, 2009 at 03:52

I parked a hired car in village street to go for meal, other local cars in front , and no “NO PARKING” signs were visible. Upon returning to car I had a ticket. I returned the car the next day to unmanned parking area and do not intend to pay fine. I also have photographs to show other cars etc.Help????

Kat Reply:

The rental car company will receive the ticket and charge it to your credit card, if you signed authorization as part of an agreement. You can protest the charge with your creditor, but a counterclaim may be filed using the ticket and the rental agreement. The only way you can protest a ticket is to lodge an immediate complaint with local authorities in writing, in Greek and in person. Tourist police can act as interpreters, but they represent a different division and cannot intervene beyond that.

  Alex wrote @ July 10th, 2009 at 19:23

No helmet on motorbike, 360EUR fine ticket at Zante, I do not plan to pay, as I was not told of this requirement in advance. I have Ukrainian passport with Schengen visa. Question – any possible risks/issues? Thanks a lot for your advise

Kat Reply:

Ignorance is not a legitimate defense. It’s your responsibility to educate yourself before visiting another country as a guest, though I realize some don’t care about respecting laws and customs until they are in trouble. Any guide to Greece will say a helmet is required, since it’s a country that has one of the highest death rates for road accidents; and a rental company will have you sign a waiver when refusing a helmet to protect themselves, whether you acknowledge it or not. There is no guide for common sense.

Be prepared for much harsher consequences if you’re caught committing another violation, especially on Zante where revelers misbehave. As Greece’s system becomes more centralized, a future Schengen visa may be denied and/or your passport will be flagged at the border and authorities will have the right to refuse you entry since you broke the law.

  ned wrote @ July 13th, 2009 at 01:37

Have been given a 1200 euro fine by police for driving a quad bike on a quiet street under influence. Is this real? I am about to pay but lots of people are saying don’t pay. What will happen if I don’t? Have been told to pay at post office and it will be halved within 10 days.

Kat Reply:

You’ve been told? My article says very clearly where you pay it (the post office) and that it will be cut in half if paid in 10 days. Some commentators above do not live in Greece and are more likely to get away with not paying it, unless they are caught committing another violation or karma comes around. If you live in Greece, however, your name and passport number will be flagged at the tax office until you pay.

Driving under the influence carries very burdensome fines up to 1200 euros, jail time up to 60 days, loss of driver’s license for up to 180 days, impounding of vehicle and loss of license plates.

  ang wrote @ July 27th, 2009 at 23:59

Hi
Having just returned from Zante, we hired a quad for a few days, we got helmets from the hire firm but decided not to wear them as the heat was scorching!! Silly now we know after we got stopped from the police and got fined 500 euros, this was also for the quad we hired being brand new and not having a registration plate on it, when we put the quad back we told the guy that hired it to us and he told us to give the fine ticket to him and he would sort it out. We are a bit sceptical as to what is going to happen, he also asked us for the hire ticket/receipt which my partner didnt have with him….. sounds a bit dodgy ?

We still have the hire receipt and we paid the hire with cash so no credit/debit card details were exchanged. We are UK citizens…. Anyone with any advice or ideas? or do we just forget it on the hope that the company is legit and sorts it our honestly?!?!

Thanks

Kat Reply:

If you paid in cash and they don’t have your credit card details, there’s no way they can charge you for anything. It is dodgy that there was no registration for the vehicle because even new vehicles should have tags, but that isn’t your fault and the owner can sort it out.

The only way this can come back to bite you is if you visit Zakynthos again and get another ticket; that’s the only way to know if the company didn’t take care of it. It would then be fairly easy for police to cross reference your details if a passport or driver’s license number was taken down.

  ang wrote @ July 28th, 2009 at 17:15

They do not have any of our passport details, just my partners drivers license number. Not sure what the intentions of the quad hire firm are, but they have, in our eyes, taken on the resposibility of sorting the matter out.

Thank you so much for your kind advice and knowledge, you have eased our minds a great deal. Just have to make sure we wear our helmets next time we go back, if we dare!!

Keep up the good work. Thanks again.

  Andy wrote @ August 6th, 2009 at 16:14

Hi. I got a 60 euro fine on the train in Athens. He took down my driving licence details. When i told him i had no money, he instructed me to see his supervisor. I ran away in the end. Will i be in trouble? please advice.

Kat Reply:

If this ticket was unjustified and you had spoken to his supervisor, it was very likely the ticket would have been dismissed if you presented your case in a polite, straightforward, non-whining manner. If you were guilty, then you might have been shown lenience, depending on the circumstances. There’s no way to know, since you didn’t try.

If you don’t live in Greece, nothing will happen to you. If you visit or live in Greece and get another ticket on the train, it will be somewhat easy for them to cross-reference your details and ask you to pay up.

  Vishal wrote @ August 20th, 2009 at 16:04

Please help !

i just came back from holiday in crete, malia and I hired a Quad with a banned U.K driving license and the police caught me 1 night for pressing my horn at them, so they gave me a fine of 200 euros / if paid within 14 days half price. they also took my driving license.

they told me to send to payment to post office, but i have lost my fine letter, would the police send this information to the U.K poilce if the fine is not paid???

Kat Reply:

My answers are already detailed in the article above in the ‘Questions and Answers’ section, please give it a read. Thanks!

  Luke wrote @ August 22nd, 2009 at 03:04

hi, i got a fine of 1400 euros for driving a quad bike drunk in malia, but i am back in england now and have not paid it and don’t know if i should but i am worried if there are any consequences? they took my address and passport details but i dont have the money to pay this. they said i get 50% of if i pay it within 8-10 days..i also went to court was found guilty but got a suspended sentence and was released..if you have any information for me i would be very grateful.

Kat Reply:

Please read the section ‘Questions and Answers.’ Beyond that, you did not provide enough details to help you.

  Robi wrote @ February 2nd, 2010 at 15:42

Ciao, mi ha fermato la polizia greca perchè senza cintura di sicurezza. Mi hanno detto che la multa è di €350. Non ho voluto firmare la multa perchè non leggo il greco e il poliziotto è andato via con la mia patente e senza lasciarmi copia della multa. Come devo comportarmi? Grazie per i consigli

Hello, I got stopped by the Greek police because I wasn’t wearing a seat belt. They told me that the fine is €350. I would not sign the ticket because I do not read Greek, and the policeman went away with my license and without giving me a copy of the ticket. What should I do? Thanks for the advice

Kat Reply:

You did not provide enough information in your comment, so I looked up your IP address. It appears you live in Greece, so you need to go to the police station in the municipality where you were issued the ticket and ask that they return your driver’s license and for a copy of your ticket.

The Italian Embassy/Consulate cannot help you in this case. However, Tourist Police speak Italian and Greek and can interpret/communicate for you by phoning ‘171.’ If this does not work, you will need to get a Greek friend to act on your behalf or consult a lawyer. The police had no right to keep your driver’s license.

  stelios wrote @ February 5th, 2010 at 21:37

wow,
I’m so impressed that there actually is somebody like You in greece. I did a semester at the ASSOE, but I never connected to greeks, albeit god knows I tried! I had the same situation couple of years ago on a small island. The young policemen was quite an experience; on asking him if I could be sent off with just a warning, and put my helmet on he replied with what turned out to be his only english sentence:”we do no warning!”

I did not pay the fine, and I haven’t received any fine yet 180/350€ is far away. Do you by any chance know what is the limitation period for these kind of offenses?

It turned out to be my most exciting time during my education. yet at the end of my semester, I was really looking forward to leave that country, it all got way too much. Despite that feeling, not a single day passes that I don’t remember these days.

I admire Your VERVE for greece and Athens
xairete kyria

Kat Reply:

Hi Stelios,

Not sure if I have “connected” to Greeks after 12 years, but being on my own with no one to help me gave me two choices: Give up or fight on. I chose the latter. Studying here for a semester doesn’t give you enough time to know a country very well; it’s more like an extended vacation.

The unpaid fine will not catch up to you, unless you come to live in Greece or you get another ticket in the same location while visiting on vacation (maybe). No one is going to come to your home, and certainly not in another country.

Thank you for stopping in and saying hi!

  Lorenzo wrote @ May 4th, 2010 at 09:52

Hi,
I’m just come back from a trip to Crete. Saturday, May 1st, I was fined for having exceeded the speed limit near a village. The police gave me a fine of 110 euros (55 if paid within 10 days). The problem is that it was Saturday and post offices were closed. The following day, Sunday, I had my flight back to Italy, so I could not pay the fine. My car was a rental with Europcar. Is there a way to pay the fine from Italy without waiting for the police charges at Europcar? I would pay my fine, but I do not want to pay late with higher costs.

I can pay the postal greek from Italy or online? I have the fine on my hands, here in Italy.

Thank you
Lorenzo

Kat Reply:

Sorry for not getting back sooner; it’s been an eventful week.

Paying a Greek fine online from another country is an advanced concept here, and I would recommend contacting the agency that arranged your Europcar. I don’t know of another alternative, but your honesty is appreciated.

  Jordan wrote @ May 8th, 2010 at 04:11

I got a 50 euro fine for not validating my ticket on the train. That was in may 2008. I didn’t pay but they took my passport number. I am going to Greece in September this year, how do I find out if this is still recorded and may be an issue me entering the country?Also, do the fines increase if they are not paid? In Australia if u don’t pay a fine by the due date you incur extra fees. Any help appreciated :)

Kat Reply:

All of your questions are answered in the ‘Questions and Answers’ section of the article above.

  Mike wrote @ July 7th, 2010 at 15:08

Hi
hope you can help – I am a uk national currently visiting skopelos. I hired a 150cc motorbike with helmet locally but was stopped by police on 4th for not wearing it – stupid I know.

The policeman wrote out a ticket but didn’t give me a copy, Inc a fine of 350 euros or 175 if paid in 10 days, and also kept my licence ( for 10 days apparently). It transpires that the police have since left my copy of the ticket with the rental company .

Questions
1. are they within their rights to withhold my licence (I assume they are)
2. what happens if I don’t pay the fine? ( the rental company is actually advising me not to pay it !)
3. can I continue to ride the motorcycle legally ?
4. Is there any risk of the 5 points endorsement following me to the uk?

Any help much appreciated as I need to sort this within the next few days and sorry if these questions have been answered before
kind rgds
mike

Kat Reply:

Hi Mike,

I think most of your questions are answered above in the article, but you were polite and bring an interesting issue to the table so I’ll oblige you with answers.

1. You are the second person who has mentioned having their license confiscated; the other is ‘Robi’ (above) who is a non-Greek EU resident in Greece. The only time I know they take away driver’s licenses is when someone’s blood alcohol level is above .06. Without more details, my answer to your question is: I don’t know.
2. Since you don’t live in Greece, nothing. If you come here to live or get another ticket in the same area on a future holiday, then they may catch you. There are no cross-border checks or linked EU databases at this time, and I’m unsure how they would enforce it if they did. Therefore, your only burden is your conscience.
3. You need a license to ride legally. Because you are currently without your license, riding would be illegal.
4. No.

  Mike wrote @ July 8th, 2010 at 12:53

many thanks for taking the time to reply.
I was stopped only for riding without a helmet, wasn’t driving dangerously and no alcohol involved etc.
From asking around today it would seen that the police are within their rights to withhold the licence. The owner of the rental outlet was actually aghast when I explained what had happened and suggested I contact the embassy !! I guess it’s a salutory lesson to others, because of course without the licence you cannot continue to ride the bike or hire another, effectively meaning no transport !!
Thanks again
mike

Kat Reply:

Mike, I’m glad you wrote back because I want to amend my “I don’t know” answer in question #1.

A friend of mine looked up penalties for riding without a helmet, and they are:
a) Fine of 350 euros or 175 euros if paid in 10 days (as stated in the chart);
b) 5 points
c) loss of driver’s license for 10 days, which they can implement immediately. No “innocent until proven guilty.”

So they are within their legal right to confiscate your license. You could potentially get it back earlier than 10 days by paying the fine, then go to the police station to show them the paid ticket, take responsibility and politely state your case. This may enable you to ride legally again.

Contacting the embassy would be pointless since they are a diplomatic mission and a guest in this country much as you are; they don’t have the authority to override local laws or intervene except in a mediation role.

  Mike wrote @ July 10th, 2010 at 11:50

thanks for that . I agree and the embassy wouldn’t intervene anyway as you say.

What does annoy me, I guess, is the apparent turning of a blind eye by the police to the multitude of drivers that obviously flout the law in and around the town… Even as I’m writing this a bike has shot past with 3 people on, inc one small child, none wearing helmets!

The old saying “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” definitely doesn’t apply in this case !

Thanks for all your help. Have been told I can collect the licence on Monday so will leave it at that.

kind rgds
mike

  Marc wrote @ August 14th, 2010 at 17:38

Once again the very macho Skopelos police started stopping people for not wearing helmets on motorbikes in this month, August 2010. They fined 1 tourist for every 10 Greeks not fined basis. Plus aggressively speaking and making a final threat: the island is small, I will catch you again and again.

Some observations:

1) Greek government is among one of the most corrupt in Europe. They tricked the EU with false data on their accounts and here they try to show they are honest on a very personal interpretation of law.
2) Italy is the third largest financier of debts that Greeks accumulated drinking ouzo all the day and beating their football coaches in Athens, so Italians should stop financing those policemen who want more and more money from them
3) If it is not already clear, Greece is living on tourism, i.e. policemen salaries are paid by tourists’ money and I will strongly advise, through new websites and facebook, that all new tourists stay away from militarized Greece, so they will get kicked out of the EU and start again to work with their sheep and donkeys as they deserve. Is this really the future that the nice Greek people want? I don’t think so, but the police that calls themselves tourist police should just change their name in “rude police” or “aggressive police” or “maintained by tourists police, sorry for being so aggressive”.

I love Skopelos, but Skopelos police should remember that they are in EU and not in Iran. Of course I will inform Amnesty International of this behavior.

Marc

  Terri wrote @ January 4th, 2011 at 20:43

In October 2010, I got a fine on a train in athens, greece for not having a ticket. They took down my passport number. I havent paid it yet. Will anything happen to my passport? Will I be able to visit Greece again? Last, how would I go about contacting them and try to reconcile this issue?

Thank you,

Terri

Kat Reply:

Kudos for being honest and responsible in wanting to resolve this ticket. Commentators Liz and Jordan asked the same question, and there is an FAQ section that provides answers to the first two questions.

Assuming ‘train’ means the Athens metro, you can contact the Athens Metro Public Relations Department, or visit the Syntagma metro station office in person the next time you’re here to inquire/pay. They speak English.

  Phil wrote @ January 27th, 2011 at 23:30

Hi,

I came across your website as im concerned about a current problem i have. I went to Zante in 2006 on holiday, me and my friends hired quad bikes, we were pulled over by the police and given a fine for no helmet and no registration plate on the quad bike, the fine we were given was 82 Euro’s. The following day i paid the fine at the post office and i have a receipt of this.

I have recently received a number of phone calls from the UK police as they have received via the British home office a court summons for this offense. I am taken aback by this as i thought i had done everything correct. I am concerned as this summons has a hearing date for a court in Zante. I have proof of the fine and also proof of paying the fine at the post office. Have you ever come across this situation before and do you have any advice as to how i can contact the court. I do not speak and greek and am concerned about the possible cost of employing lawyers in Greece.

The UK police have not yet delivered the summons but i’m expecting it soon. I would be grateful for any help or advice.

Kind regards

Phil

Kat Reply:

Hi Phil,

You did everything correctly when paying the fine, and it’s good you kept your receipt as proof.

EU-wide enforcement of certain fines and penalties only began recently, so you’re the first person to check in. Were UK officials able to provide you with details about who to contact in Greece regarding the fine or what office it was sent from? Or can they not read it because it’s in Greek?

Without seeing the summons or prying into your private business, I can only give you a few suggestions:
a) Call the Zakynthos courthouse (dikastiria): +30 26950 28347. Be aware they may not speak English, and you’ll most certainly need a case, summons or other reference number to look up your file.

b) Ask the British Vice Consulate of Zakynthos for advice between 6:00-13:00 UK Time: Technically, they cannot intervene on local matters because it is a diplomatic mission handling issues pertaining to the UK, but they may have suggestions better than mine. 28 Foskolou Street, 29 100 Zakynthos Greece, Email: zakynthos@fco.gov.uk, Phone: +30 26950 22906, Fax: +30 26950 22972

c) Wait for the summons to be delivered and see what options it gives you. If the summons is in Greek and you don’t know anyone who can help you read it, leave another comment, let me know if I have your permission to contact you via email and be ready to scan and send me a copy.

Let me say up front that I’m not a lawyer, but I’m willing to help you until it becomes necessary for someone else to take over.

All best.

  stasa wrote @ February 21st, 2011 at 00:36

hi, municipal police took my CZ (CZ Republic) plates and left me fine of 80 euro to pay last night. please let me know if it is legal for anyone here to take my EU plates? what shall i do?

Kat Reply:

Your questions are already answered in the article above.

If you look at the section “Non-moving violations,” you can see that parking violations in Greece cost between 80-150 euros and police have the lawful right to remove your license plates. So yes, it is legal. It doesn’t matter what country your car or license plates are from.

You can get them back by paying the fine at the places mentioned in the section, “Where do I pay my ticket/fine?” You can prevent future incidents by not parking illegally. All best.

  Phil wrote @ March 1st, 2011 at 23:36

Hi Kat,

Thanks for your response to my earlier question. I did recieve the summons in the end. I explained the situation to the home office and they have agreed to send it back to Greece with the proof of me paying the fine. Im not sure if this will be the end of this but im keeping my fingers crossed for now!

Cheers Phil

Kat Reply:

Hi Phil,

I’m so glad you came back to tell me what happened. When I didn’t hear back, I hoped that things worked out but it seems we’re still waiting to find out. I’d be interested in the result as a way to help others in the future. In the meantime, my fingers are also crossed for you.

  Sjak wrote @ May 16th, 2011 at 16:38

Hi Kat,

in the summer of 2009 I worked on Crete for couple of months. At the end of the summer i got caught by the traffic police of Heraklion while driving under the influence of alcohol. Because i was working on the island they didn’t bring me in front of a traffic court but fined me 700 euros (or 350 if paid within 10 days) and my license was with held until i paid it. Because i had no money at all at that moment i decided to go back to the Netherlands without paying.

About six months later i received a letter of the Dutch embassy of Athens with the message that she had received my driving license from the Greece Police with the request to send it back to me.

I asked a friend to return my scooter bike the day after i left.

Now my question is, am i likely to get caught when going back this summer? What will happen? Will i have to pay the fine or go to the traffic court?

Is there anyway to find out if i still have an outstanding fine, with the possibility to pay it in advance om my vacation?

Thanks a lot!

Sjak

Kat Reply:

The best answer I can give you is in the ‘Questions and Answers’ section under, “If I signed nothing and paid cash, will I get away with it?” There won’t be border checks because you’re Dutch and Schengen is still in effect, but you’re increasing your chances of being caught by returning to the location it happened.

I’m sure you know about Greece’s flexible rules. But since you were here, Greece has stepped up synchronization between ministries and municipalities, so there’s no way to know if you’ll be caught or what will happen if you are.

If you want to be accountable, which I applaud btw, you can inquire at the police station that gave you the ticket/fine upon arrival. They won’t take payment over the phone, and there’s no way to pay online before you get here. Greece is still quite a ways from implementing these options. If you think about it, tell me what happened so I can use your experience to help others.

All best to you, and have a nice trip.

  Mike wrote @ June 8th, 2011 at 12:51

I got a speeding ticket in Preveza last night from a radar gun by 3 policemen who were at the side of the road. In the UK I used to work for the Traffic Police so I know the law. They stopped 2 cars, us being one of them, they let the Greek car go and we got the ticket. I asked for to see the calibration certificate for his radar as they quite easily get damaged in transit, to which he couldn’t. The signs telling you the speed were turned off last night also and the ones you can see are hidden behind electricity poles. There was no sign out saying ‘Speed controlled by radar’ or a camera sign telling you to slow.

They said i was doing 92 when I wasn’t, as I was slowing down quite nicely. I then asked the policeman if he been trained in using the radar to which he wouldn’t answer. They said if I didn’t sign the ticket then I would be thrown in jail ! After the ticket I drove off only to see the same Policeman driving and talking on his cell phone. The question is, should I challenge my ticket in court as I feel I have a good chance of winning as I know the European Law and Greece is in Europe to which they must apply there traffic laws and road traffic signs, or do I just pay the ticket which at this moment is 175 Euros!!!!!

Kat Reply:

Hi Mike,

Many have told me in the past (and present) to just let things go because going up against the Greek system can be a long, frustrating process that usually ends badly. However, I subscribe to the belief that letting people take advantage of us is giving them power, and you miss 100 percent of the shots you never take (Wayne Gretzky), so I’ve gone against the system and won quite a few battles.

I don’t know you, but it seems to me you already made up your mind to challenge this ticket by the words you used and overall tone of the story. Am I right? If so, you should go for it and let us know what happens.

  Jon wrote @ July 25th, 2011 at 17:31

Im a uk citizen and got a ticket in zante yesterday for not wearing a helmet on a quad. (fair enough, my fault).

I got the 350 euro fine, they took my license, and put 5 points on the ticket.

I paid the fine today in post office, and collected my license from the police station. (They wanted to keep it for 10 days but couldn’t because im leaving soon.)

But my question is, these 5 points that ive got, do they affect me driving and getting insurance in the UK or are they only applicable in Greece?(I’ve checked and they use a 25 point scale instead of the uk 12, so if they do follow me to the UK there must me some kind of conversion? Or they gave me 5 UK points?

Any information would be greatly appreciated, Cheers Jon

Kat Reply:

That’s a good question for UK authorities, as I am unfamiliar with UK laws and it is they who would be applying the points to your record (or not).

Thank you for being accountable and paying the fine, and I hope you otherwise had a good time while on holiday here. All best,

  ivan wrote @ August 15th, 2011 at 18:20

Are there any online sites to pay fines in Greece

Kat Reply:

See Questions and Answers under “Where do I pay my fine/ticket?” I gave the same answer to commentator ‘Sjak’ above.

  joe wrote @ September 13th, 2011 at 11:41

I had an accident in Laganas – Zakynthos. Went to turn the car, I was hit by a motorbike.

It was my fault to try to turn the car on the main road with double white line (which I observed later some marks because they were not painted on the road ). The road seemed to end at the beach, so I didn’t know that I could turn there, and seeing other people turning into the main street, I supposed that this is how I can go to the other side of the road. Before turning the car I looked that nobody was nearby. I have just started to turn the car when I was hit by a motorbike in the driver’s door. It was a matter of 5 sec.

I suppose that the Mbike driver was coming from a secondary street, didn’t see my car and just hit me. I photographed my car door with his perfect horizontal wheel marks and the road where there were not any signs of brakes.

The person was injured – 2 broken teeth and he was taken by the ambulance for first aid. The police came, I gave them the insurance, driving licence, alcohol test 0. The injured person didn’t wear a helmet, didn’t give to the police any documents. After the accident his brother came to the police station for statements only with the document for the motorbike – it was someone else’s Mbike. He, the greek person, asked me to give him money not to press charges. I hadn’t so much money with me and I said that the insurance will pay him for the damages.

The police didn’t give me any fine, didn’t take the licence, only took the statement and driving licence/insurance info and gave me a paper with the accident details. In this situation what can I expect? I am not Greek, but an UE citizen.

Thank you,

Kat Reply:

I’m not a policeman or a judge, but my assessment based purely on what you told me is you didn’t violate any laws and this is why the police didn’t give you a ticket or a fine. Further, the injured person was not wearing a helmet, did not own the motorbike and did not have insurance (and perhaps didn’t have a motorbike license). I doubt a court would find his case a credible one since he broke several laws.

An accident report was issued as a record and for insurance purposes. If he does try to file a claim with your insurance, the company will determine if he is entitled to any damages and pay them. If he tries to press charges, the EU has cross-country cooperation and the Greek embassy nearest you or local authorities will send a notice.

  Matt wrote @ September 16th, 2011 at 16:41

I got a fine in Zante this year for not wearing a seat belt, 360 euro fine they didnt take my driving lisence or my passport. question is if i dont pay this, can greece extradite me or as long as i never go back, ill get away with it?

Kat Reply:

Assuming you’re a citizen of the country from which your comment originated, your question is already answered in the Questions and Answers section under, “If I signed nothing and paid cash, will I get away with it?” in letter (a). See, ‘If you are a non-Greek EU citizen living outside Greece.’

  steve wrote @ September 20th, 2011 at 16:48

Hi, well done on your time and effort answering these questions.

Im a greek Australian who is living in greece the past 4 years with a full greek citizenship. I have many experiences and questions that can keep you entertained for days!!!

Ill only ask one in this section. I have 2 upaid parking fines in Vouliagmeni as I both lost them “coinidence” in the past couple of years. In Australia they notify you in the mail..But here nothing!! So what happens if I dont pay… because this is a 2 year old story and why should I do the chasing if they dont care!!!

Kat Reply:

Already addressed in the Questions and Answers section, under ‘Will the fine/penalty increase with time?’ and ‘If I signed nothing, will I get away with it?’ As e-government services are stepped up — and there is evidence of harmonization between ministries — chasing down fines may also be stepped up. Beyond that, being accountable and responsible is a matter of personal character.

  nikos wrote @ November 9th, 2011 at 06:28

hi i just immigrate to canada and the local office wants from greece my driver abstract or if i have any violation sentences in my greek driving licence. do you know where can i apply at yme to get such a paper?thanks.

Kat Reply:

I don’t normally help people with bureaucracy pertaining to other countries. But I believe you would get that at the Ministry of Transport (YME) in Greece, and my understanding is you can request it through the Greek embassy/consulate nearest your current residence. http://www.vancouver.grconsulate.ca/portal/index.php

  joe wrote @ December 28th, 2011 at 00:11

Hello again,

Follow-up to September 13. Recently, I received a letter from a prosecutor from the Court of First Instance from Zakynthos that requires me to be present in front of the Correctional Court to be trialed. In the letter it is mentioned that I caused the accident by the lack of attention to other traffic participants. I don’t know how he got this conclusion or if it is a standard way to write letters. It is true that I wanted to turn the car on a street with 2 double lines, which is totaly wrong and I admit this, but I was sure that there were no other vehicles on the road (the road was a few Km long and straight, with high visibility ). I’m pretty sure that the bike driver was coming from another street and he didn’t see me, since if he would have seen me he would have tried to slow down, not hit me straight on and also with velocity. He was not wearing a helmet or other protection and he had head injuries (fracture of mandible, it is said in the letter I received – 2 broken teeth we saw when we went at the hospital to see how he was doing after the accident). He had also minor scratches on body. The head was more injured.

I would like to know, if you have any idea, of course:
– what penalties we can expect (fines, prison, driving licence suspension/cancellation or what else)
– If a family member testimony is available in court ( I was not alone in the car in the moment of accident).
– if photographs are admitted in the court. They don’t know that we took pictures of the car, motor bike, place of the accident (I returned the second day at the accident place, where it was all let there on the side of the road). Police didn’t take any photos.
– how much a local lawyer could ask to represent me in the court
– if it is possible for the victim to claim compensation for head injury if he was not wearing a helmet.

Thanks and I wish you happy holidays and a great 2012!

Kat Reply:

Hello, I remember you.

To your questions:
— Penalties depend on what judgment is rendered. I understand that isn’t a specific answer, but a traffic judge can impose what he/she sees fit. This case could also be dismissed because the motorbike rider had broken several laws himself, and you may be worrying for nothing.
— Any witnesses are welcome and should be present.
— Any evidence that supports your case — photographs, video footage, receipts — is also welcome in court.
— Lawyer’s fees vary depending on the case, the firm and the individual. Greece does not have a set schedule. I found a lawyer through recommendations and interviewing a few, finding the one I felt was most competent and on my side.
— Compensation: I already gave my thoughts on this in the previous comment.

Sorry that you need to go through this, but cases like these are brought all the time and then thrown out. A rape victim was recently asked to stand trial for slander to her rapist, and it was finally dismissed as rubbish after years passed. This is one of many reasons the justice system is backlogged and has a poor reputation.

All best for 2012.

  Ivaylo wrote @ February 16th, 2012 at 20:13

Comment 1:

Hi.
I am a Bulgarian citizen, but I also have a Greek citizenship. I seen 3-4 speed cameras on the road from Egnatia highway to the Bulgarian border (next to the Turkey border). I travel often on this road and I saw the speed cameras too late. I did not receive any tickets to my greek address, but my car is with bulgarian registration plates. So my questions is:
Where can I check for speed cameras tickets?
If I have tickets, can they catch me later, either in Bulgaria or in Greece?
Thank you very much for your time.

Comment 2:

Many Thanks.
In Bulgaria when you get a camera ticket when driving in another city (different from your car registration city) you are receiving the fine after 1 year due to Bulgarian bureaucracy :) , so I will expect a fine from Greece to travel 2-3 years to me in Bulgaria :) . Can you tell me where to check in Greece for fines and tickets, cause I want to pay them and I don’t want to have problems later.
Sorry, for writhing in english instead of greek, but I am learning greek now and I don’t know it very well.
Many Thanks.

Kat Reply:

Quoted from the Questions and Answers section: “As of December 2010, the ministers of transport in all EU countries agreed to set up a system to crosscheck outstanding tickets and collect fines in their country of residence for the following violations: Speeding, running red lights, driving under the influence, using restricted lanes, not wearing a seat belt and using a mobile device while driving. Expect a ticket and fine to follow you.”

I assume the ticket would eventually find you at the address you gave for the car registration. The article above says where tickets are filed in Greece; I do not know where you can check for tickets in Bulgaria, as I’ve never lived there.

  Konstantine wrote @ April 16th, 2012 at 18:14

Hi, i am a Greek Citizen & have received a Parking Ticket. The car was parked in a so-called “street”. apparently, you can’t park your car in this street at any time. anyways, on the ticket in the section ΣΤΟΙΧΕΙΑ ΟΔΗΓΟΥ, the information about the driver, the Policeman wrote ΑΛΟΝ and nothing else. he wrote this even though it is extremely easy to see the driver’s information on the Insurance Card which they force us to display behind the windshield. am i obligated to pay this? how do they expect a vehicle to pay the ticket since it’s just an object?
Thank you.

Kat Reply:

Parking tickets in the majority of countries worldwide are issued to cars, not people. The ticket is attached to your Greek license plate and registration, so it’s your decision to pay it based on the pros and cons I cover in ‘Questions and Answers.’

  Steve wrote @ May 10th, 2012 at 13:41

First, sorry for the spelling. I am dyslexic.

I am in the wrong and ask this, so information can be found and others can avoid the mistakes I made.

I am a UK citizen and have a car that is registered in the UK but have been driving it in Greece for over a year. Of course I am no longer driving the car (2L is too big for the island I live on). What sort of action could the authorities take (Unable to inport the car so, no tax, Insurance), and can the action be taken retrospectively if the car is scrapped? If I am fined and can’t pay, can I be imprisoned?

Kat Reply:

No worries about spelling or anything of the sort. All that matters is we understand each other.

I tried sourcing people in my circle, but none of us encountered the exact situation you described and I’ve never owned a car in Greece so I have no first-hand experience. May I suggest querying at livingincrete.net? Carolina is a UK citizen and has expertise on many subjects; she may have some advice.

Wishing you all the best.

  Eddy wrote @ June 21st, 2012 at 22:51

Hello, first of all thanks for taking the time to answer my question.
Two days ago I was caught by police on Corfu driving under the influence. The scooter was a friends of mine and I am not insured for it. I have not been fined and have been told to report a case number to the court house in Kerkyra in a couple of months time. The policeman said that the hearing can take between a few months and a couple of years to take place from when the case number is provided. I am working here until november and will possibly be coming back febuary to again work until november. I’m rather nervous that I will not be in the country when my court appearance is due. What would happen if this is the case. Will my Uk liscence be jepordised at all as a result of this situation? Finally I was wondering if you have an idea of what value of fine I will be likely to encounter. Just to make it clear, I intend to attend the court, I’m just worried and unsure of the timing and logistics of the situation. Thanks again for your time. Eddy

Kat Reply:

Answering your questions in the order received:
– There is cross-border cooperation in the EU, and Greece will contact the UK if they can’t find you in Greece. A letter will be sent (see commentator ‘Joe’ above you).
– You didn’t provide enough info for me to answer on whether your UK license is in danger. Depends on your existing driving record; depends on UK laws, which I know nothing about; depends on how Greece and UK interpret and impose cross-border violations.
– In the ‘Moving Violations’ chart above, driving under the influence can carry a fine of between 200-2000 euros and jail time of up to 6 months.

Polite, gracious people who pose questions not previously asked are always welcome.

  Diego wrote @ June 22nd, 2012 at 20:18

Hi.
I’m a Spanish citizen, in 2009 I was fined for not validating my ticket in the subway of Athens. They didn’t take any documents and they even spelled my name wrong in the fine (they saw my passport though and can’t remember if they wrote my reference number, I think they didn’t since they were in a hurry harassing tourists and couldn’t even write my last name correctly) Is there an expiration date for the fine? will it be a problem if I visit the EU again or only if I return to Greece (I’m currently living in the US)?

Thank you very much, looking forward for your answers

Kat Reply:

It doesn’t matter if your name is spelled wrong, but they probably took your passport number. Parking tickets don’t even have a person’s name on it, just the license number.

There’s no expiration date on the fine. I already explain the likelihood of being caught under ‘Questions and Answers’ and how nationality, border control, repeat offenses and residency play a part. No one can make predictions on individual cases because there are too many variables.

  Daniel wrote @ June 28th, 2012 at 22:52

Question(s) 1:
I was recently given a fine for driving a quad under the influence while in Greece (zante). They fined me 210euro, they took my passport number and I had to give my address. My question is how do I pay this fine as the next day I was unable to pay because I was flying back home to the UK. I really don’t want to pay if I can get away with it but I don’t what jail time. Is it best if I just pay the fine?

Question 2:
thank you for your reply but if i can just ask one more thing. can i just turn up at a consulate and pay the fine or will i need to make an appointment?
again, thank you very much.

Question 3:
Hi Kat
I asked you a question last year in June as I had just came off holiday where I received a fine of 210 Euros for driving under the influence, where my passport number was also taken. I asked how i could pay the fine back at home.

now I am a bit scared as I wasn’t able to pay the fine or travel to the Greek consulate closest to me as i wasn’t in a position too financially, as I am a student. Now however I am in a situation and I was wondering if it was too late to pay. What is the time limit of fines? And will I be in further trouble?
Much appreciated,
Dan

Comment 4:
Hi Kat
just like to say thank you for replying back to me, I’ve arranged to pay the fine at my local consulate this Saturday which will be 1 year and 2 days after I was actually given it. Just hoping they don’t make a fuss of it being so long and it hasn’t turned into an outstanding fine as i never knew of the deadline.
Again, many thanks and take care.
Dan

Kat Reply:

Answer 1:
You can arrange to pay the fine at the Greek embassy/consulate nearest you, and make sure to get a receipt as proof.

As it says in the article and comment above yours, Greece and the UK have cross-border cooperation so you’ll get a letter at your home to pay the fine or appear in court. You won’t get away with it.

Answer 2:
Each consulate/embassy sets its own policy, and there’s no way for me to know. You need to contact the location of your choice and inquire.

Answer 3:
Hello, I remember you. It’s commendable that you want to make things right, and it’s never too late to pay the fine, as there is cross-border cooperation and it will eventually catch up with you.

In the question/answer section of the above article, it says the fine does not increase with time. Please get in contact with the Greek embassy/consulate to arrange payment, and make sure to get a receipt as proof. Previous commentators have told me it comes in handy if a dispute arises due to Greece’s poor recordkeeping.

Let me know what happens. If I don’t hear from you, I’ll assume everything went smoothly. All best.

Answer 4:
Hello again. I’m glad you were able to make arrangements and clear this matter. As stated previously, please keep your receipt as evidence of payment in case a dispute arises and the burden of proof is on you.

Thank you for coming back to let me know what happened. Because other readers did the same, I was able to advise you properly; and now your feedback will allow me to assist others. It’s a pleasure to help responsible, kind and polite people such as yourself. All best.

  mike wrote @ July 16th, 2012 at 05:22

Comment 1:
I applaud the work you have done in answering the many questions you have been asked.
Firstly I’d like to point out that I am aware of your previous answers and also the q+a section.
However, I would very much appreciate your help with this matter….
I am a UK citizen on holiday.
I have just been stopped by the police in zante for not wearing a helmet on a quad bike and subsequently breathalyzed. I was found to be just over the limit and issued a fine of 210 euros. I gave my name, date of birth, parents names and hotel I am staying at.
I did not have my driving licence as the hire company had it. They did not ask for my address or passport number.
He wrote down the licence plate number and where I had hired it from.
The policeman then told me I do not need to worry as I do not need to pay the fine because I am not a Greek resident and it will not come back to me when I leave and go home.
I asked why then was he issuing the ticket and fine, to which he said he was jst doing his job to show he has been working. Basically, jst doing the paperwork to keep the bosses happy.
He did not ask for any money and nor did he tell me how or where to pay the fine.
He also did not mention that if I do pay within 10 days it will be half the amount.
I am worried that they are tricking me.
Please can you offer your knowlege and advice?
Also do you have any idea if I could end up with points/ban on my UK licence as a result of all this?
I thank you in advance for any help and information

Comment 2:
I applaud the work you have done in answering the many questions you have been asked. Firstly I’d like to point out that I am aware of your previous answers and also the q+a section. However, I would very much appreciate your help with this matter…. I am a UK citizen on holiday. I have just been stopped by the police in zante for not wearing a helmet on a quad bike and subsequently breathalyzed. I was found to be just over the limit and issued a fine of 210 euros. I gave my name, date of birth, parents names and hotel I am staying at. I did not have my driving licence as the hire company had it. They did not ask for my address or passport number. He wrote down the licence plate number and where I had hired it from. The policeman then told me I do not need to worry as I do not need to pay the fine because I am not a Greek resident and it will not come back to me when I leave and go home. I asked why then was he issuing the ticket and fine, to which he said he was jst doing his job to show he has been working. Basically, jst doing the paperwork to keep the bosses happy. He did not ask for any money and nor did he tell me how or where to pay the fine. He also did not mention that if I do pay within 10 days it will be half the amount. I am worried that they are tricking me. Please can you offer your knowlege and advice? Also do you have any idea if I could end up with points/ban on my UK licence as a result of all this? I thank you in advance for any help and information

Comment 3:
.*note.*
Sorry for the duplicate, I am using my phone and it did not show that my message sent.
Many thanks.

Kat Reply:

In reverse order.

Answer 3:
No problem. Some people leave duplicate comments in hopes of getting my attention and faster answers. I never know the exact reason.

Answer 2:
Your identical comments/questions were received. I work during the day and run the website in my unpaid spare time, so I can come back to you later in the day with an answer.

Answer 1:
I do not have definitive answers for you. Why?
— It’s not unusual for police and other state government workers to intentionally or unintentionally omit information or misinform the public, so I can’t be sure if he is tricking you or ignorant. Lots of people come to this article to find out where to pay fines, even those who live here. Transparency and credible information are notorious weak points, which is why I started this website.
— Both offenses for which you were cited are offenses that could follow you to the UK, so being a Greek resident is irrelevant.
— Based on the amount you were fined, it appears that you were only written up for one offense, not both. If you were fined for both, it would not total 210 euros even at half price.
— Taking your name, parents’ names and DOB could be sufficient in finding you in the UK. It’s also possible for police to contact the quad hire company and get your driver’s license number.
— As I told a previous UK commentator, I don’t know how the UK handles cross-border fines and traffic offenses as I have never lived or worked in the UK and am unfamiliar with its laws. That’s a question for the DFT.

If you are concerned, go ahead and pay the fine at half price and get a receipt, instead of waiting for it to find you. If the ticket isn’t on file, then yes it was all for show. If it is, then you save yourself unnecessary worry and from paying full price.

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Aside from this incident, I hope you enjoy your holiday.

  peter wrote @ August 9th, 2012 at 08:19

Can you, please, tell mi me what Greek regulations about car window darkening and/or tinting are? Link to law texts in English would be nice. Thanks! Peter

Kat Reply:

There are no law texts in English on the subject, which is why I perform translations and collect first-hand experience to write my articles. Feel free to look them up in Greek at the Ministry of Transport.

  steve wrote @ September 27th, 2012 at 15:45

Question 1:
I got fined in malia for driving a quad wivout a helmet, I dont intend to pay as I feel when we was stopped they targeted us as 3 boys and my partner but numorous others had drove past around the same time, as stated above (As of December 2010, the ministers of transport in all EU countries agreed to set up a cross-border system to pursue outstanding tickets and collect fines in their country of residence for the following violations: Speeding, running red lights, driving under the influence, using restricted lanes, not wearing a seat belt and using a mobile device while driving.) Its doesn’t say about driving wivout a helmet so what’s the chances of the fine following me back to the uk since they only took my license number any help would be great

Question(s) 2:
Thx for the reply, I kno it was my own fault but the reason I asked is I had trapped water in my ear at the time and I thought to be safer I wouldn’t wear it so that I could be more aware of what’s around me but when I explained it to the officer he just gave of this whole judge dredd not intrested sort of attitude, also do they have to hold my license to give me points or can it be a there and then thing, coz they only took my license number, hotel and quad reg plus paperwork, how would i go about appealing it

Kat Reply:

Answer 1:
Everything I know is in the article and ‘Questions and answers’ section. You could also read comments and find ‘Phil’ on January 27, 2011, who paid his fine for not wearing a helmet and he was still found in the UK as not paying it.

Instead of not paying, you could have disputed the ticket and had it dropped.

Answer 2:
I’ve already answered the first question several times, most recently on July 16, 2012 in response to ‘Mike’ — see my ‘Answer 1.’

Second question is answered in the article above in ‘Questions and answers’ section under ‘What if I want to protest the ticket?’

  lee wrote @ January 7th, 2013 at 22:36

hi
me and a friend where both fined in zante for driving quad bikes while under the influence and wearing no helmet my fine was 988 euros while his was 1200 euros we both didn’t pay them its nearly 6 months since it happened we are both UK residents they also took my passport details and address.

what will happen to us? can we not visit another Greek country without being stopped?

  Dan wrote @ February 28th, 2013 at 15:12

1:
In September 2010 the Greek traffic police took my driver’s license for speeding. I was doing 150 on a 130km/h limit highway, but they placed a restriction to 90 just to make money. ALL cars were stopped and 7 policeman were writing fines like crazy. My greek friends all told me they never heard of anything like it. Later on, I learned that police had orders from the prefect to rake in cash for the region. Whatever.

I did pay the 300EUR fine (150 as I paid in two days) and they told me I can get my license back if I go to the police station and show them the payment proof. So I did that, but they sent me from one office to another for half a day and they did NOT give me my license back.

2 years later, in sept 2012 my license is received at the police department in Romania where it had been issued. Now I am facing criminal charges because when I got back home I declared my license lost.

Any suggestions on how can I find out when the Greek police sent the license back? Any idea if there is any legal requirement on how fast they MUST send such licenses back to originating countries?

This kind of behaviour is extremely hurtfull to people and it does a lot of disservice to Greece. I understand that I have to respect the law, and I pay the fine when I am transgressing, no problem with that. But keeping my license for 2 years, for speeding?

Thank you, greek police, I wish all policemen and officials involved in this will go through something similar at some point in their miserable little lifes lives.

2:
are you sure that they are OBLIGED to return the license when the fine is paid? what about the 60 days suspension then? can you send me the greek law that says they MUST return the license when the fine is paid?
thank you.

Kat Reply:

1:
Upon payment of the fine, they’re obliged to return the license and you can enlist your friends to find out when police sent back your license. Police are corrupt here, so they often do as they wish.

If you wish to file a complaint, Solvit is an option. The deadline has passed to file a complaint with an authority in Greece.

2:
Your original comment said you got a fine of 300 euros for speeding. It said nothing about other violations or infractions or a 60-day suspension, so I answered accordingly. If you omitted information, there’s no way I can advise and I recommend asking your Greek friends for help. Laws can be looked up at the Ministry of Transport. http://www.yme.gr/

  patrick wrote @ April 5th, 2013 at 15:21

I’m an Irish citizen with an Irish Driving license. I also hold residency in spain. The spanish authorities have seized my driving license for eight months. will they inform the irish authorities of this situation?” Can I apply for a Duplicate license at home……..any info would be much appreciated thanks.

Kat Reply:

I know nothing about Irish driver’s licenses or Spanish laws or how the two countries harmonize their records, as I have never lived in Ireland and never held licenses in either of these countries.

Through a simple Google search, I found the Road Safety Authority of Ireland website where you can start your research: http://www.dttas.ie/

  james wrote @ May 4th, 2013 at 20:59

Hi,

Can a police officer send a ticket to your home without stating the reason of the ticket?

Can a officer who is not on duty give you a ticket, that he claims you crossed a red light but in fact was on the opposite side of the road and you didn’t cross a red light but he says you did? can he fine you for that?

  tracey wrote @ May 13th, 2013 at 17:37

Comment 1:
Would really like your help…. Iv lived on Ios for 24 years.
Anyway, my husband, who is Greek, was stopped by our new chief of police a couple of days ago.
He was wearing his helmet, has all the official paperwork for the bike.
His back light wasnt working (fair enough), and the chief of police said that his registration number wasnt clear enough. Yes, it has faded a bit from the sun, but the numbers were still visible.. We were fined 300 euros, half if paid within 10 days. Is this correct? Is he legally allowed to fine us such a large amount?
Would greatly appreciate you help.

Comment 2:
Help and information.

Was fined 300 euros, half if paid within 10 days, for having no back light on my motorbike, and the registration number was faded (but still clearly visible). I can understand 40 or 50 euro fines for these offences, but not such a hefty fine as this .Would like to know is this chief of police, on a small island, fining me the right amount?

Kat Reply:

The amount is correct. Fines are meant to deter people from getting in trouble to begin with, which is why they’re high. Pay half in 10 days as stated in section, “Notes.”

If you want to contest the ticket, see “Questions and Answers.”

  Hakan wrote @ May 23rd, 2013 at 20:47

I am aturkısh cıtızen wıth a turkısh lıcence and ı was fıned last summer ın rhodes 1200 euro . I was drunk under 60 promil and passed ın red lıght.the polıce offıcer took my lıcence and let me go but tfey dıd not take any ınformatıon about my passport.so ı left the ısland wıthout payıng the fıne because ı dıdno have that much money. Sınce then no oblıgatıon arrıved to me.ıt ıs about 9 months sınce that tıme.ı am planıng to travel the same ısland ın a week or two wıth my schengen vısa taken from germany 3months ago.ı am a lıttle bıt nervous about sıtuatıon.can ı face a problem at the border.ıf yes wıll ask me to pay or any other punıshment or vs vs. Can you please tell me what can happen…..

Kat Reply:

Everything pertaining to your question is already covered in the section, ‘Questions and Answers.’ Beyond that, there’s no way I or anyone can predict the future on individual cases. When you break the law and don’t take responsibility for your actions, you open yourself to uncertainty and other people having power over you.

  Daniel wrote @ June 24th, 2013 at 19:21

Hi Dan, just a placeholder to let you know I consolidated your latest comment with the others and replied. Wishing you a great summer.

  Tim wrote @ August 9th, 2013 at 18:33

What if the Passenger of motorcycle has no helmet?
I mean: the driver – with helmet – carries a passenger without helmet on a motorbike. What is the situation if caught by police?

  Paulo wrote @ September 27th, 2013 at 21:42

Hi, i am a brazilian citizen and I got a fine to not validate the ticket on the train to airport. The office said, as I am a tourist and did not know how the greek train system works, I have good chances to not pay it. Just to send a email explain the situation and show the number of the fine document. The office said I can protest on the website: http://www.fines.gr . But it not exist at all.

I would like to know where can I do the protest.

Thanks and best.

Kat Reply:

Your question has nothing to do with traffic tickets and fines, but I answered as a courtesy.

They more likely told you the website was oasa.gr, under the section ‘Fines.’

I’d be surprised if they tossed out the ticket, namely because there are signs everywhere (trains, stations, buses, etc.) in Greek and English that say validation is necessary; and there are travel guides, apps and websites explaining the transit system. From first-hand experience I know that it’s not as simple as sending an email, but you’re free to try. Good luck.

  Jorge wrote @ November 21st, 2013 at 20:53

Hi,
Thank you for all the explanations, I was wondering… if I am not a Greek citizen, and I am not registered here, I cannot buy a motorbike and have it in my name and insure it in my name.

However, my dad lives in Greece too and he doesnt have motorbike driving licence, so even if he could buy the bike (because hes registered here) we wouldnt be able to insure it.

The insurance fine is 250e, and i not sure I understood correctly, if I pay in the first 10 days, the the fine is half??

So, may be worth the “risk”.. ( im not a bad driver and dont want to break the law… just dont think I have other option :S )

Kat Reply:

If you truly “don’t want to break the law,” then:
– Get registered
– Get an EU or Greek license (if you don’t already have one)
– Buy the motorbike
– Pay the insurance
– Wear a helmet.
The other option is: don’t get a motorbike.

Fines are, as stated. If it changes, the article will be updated.

  ian wrote @ January 28th, 2014 at 01:09

hi mine maybe a difficult 1 but here goes. I went to kos in 2006 while I was there I rented a scooter that I allowed my brother to ride with no license. he had a crash with a car after which we were both arrested and released but nothing came of it while we were there for the rest of the holiday. anyhow we got a court summons later that year but obviously didn’t attend due to it been in Greece.not heard anything since and I really want to go back but I don’t know how to find out what will happen if I do go back to Greece.i dont know how the law works over there and don’t fancy going and spending time locked up(not that I will but I have no clue).any info would be much appreciated.

Kat Reply:

You didn’t provide enough information for me to dispense advice specific to your case. All I can give you is common sense. Call the courthouse or police station in Kos to inquire, or ask the ___ (whichever country you hail from) embassy in Athens to assist you.

  Alex wrote @ February 20th, 2014 at 22:50

Hi. I was given a ticket which said I had to hand my plates in and pay 80 euros for parking about 3 weeks ago. My plates are uk and I put special screws as is heard Greeks live stealing plates. I live here but I am not registered. You could say its a ‘ long holiday’. I lost the ticket. My question is can they trace me? There was nothing in ticket for them to know my plates are English and I am a ‘ghost’ here as I heard about the pedantic systems here. My option might be to order new private plates from the uk and get them brought over by a friend.

Kat Reply:

Regarding the lost ticket, see the Questions and Answers section under ‘What if I lost the ticket/letter?’ and ‘If I signed nothing, will I get away with it?’

Some so-called “pedantic systems” have been upgraded and implemented.

  Fema wrote @ February 27th, 2014 at 21:32

1:
Hi, my name is Fema and I am from Bulgaria. I read a lot of the information in your site and it is very helpful, but I still I coudn’t find a direct answer to my case. Back in late 2007 I got a fine for 200 eur for driving on the wrong side of the road. It was a long story, but in short I didn’t payed it because I didn’t have that much money with me and left Greece never to come back since. This year I planned a trip to Thassos and I have a new car, not the one i was fined with. So, what do you think, will the police catch me or somehow the authorities be notified in my entering or leaving the borders.
Thanks in advance, and best :)

2:
Hey 10Q very much for the answer:-) can you tell me, if you know of course, is there any period of time after which the fines and tickets are canseled, for example here if they dont couth you for 2 years the ticked or any fines are caceled:-):-)

3:
Yes I saw those coments, but for 7 years I didnt recived anything on my address or in the municpile where i am registered, or from anywhere at all :) Every 2 years I have ot renew my passport in the ministry of foreign affairs and even there nothing had been registered on my name from Greece. 2 years ago i had to renew my passport and a parking ticked showed up on my name from Rome and I had to pay it if i wanted to clear the registration :) Anyway thank you a lot for the information it was very helpful, take care :)

Kat Reply:

1:
Under section ‘Questions and Answers,’ see ‘If I signed nothing, will I get away with it?’

2:
They are not canceled. If you look at Comments above, you’ll find several people whose cases followed them across the border and went on for many years.

  mick wrote @ April 28th, 2014 at 15:05

Hi

Last year I got pulled over by two men while driving an ATV in Ios. I Literally drove it 400m from a bar to my hotel and these men wanted me to blow into a brethalyser. One was wearing a police uniform and the other just plain clothes. I was quite drunk and refused to blow into the brethalyser as I wasn’t even sure they were real police. In hindsight, I should’ve just gone along with what they said. I also wasn’t wearing my helmet (dumb I know). The police took my keys and I stupidly decided to leave the scene without being given any fine (Can’t see any similar story). However I did give them my rental agreement which had a copy of my license but no passport information. The man who I rented it off was with the policeman at the tim and were friendly with each other. It all seemed like a massive set up for tourists. I went back the next day to see my ATV was gone, the man obviously picked it up.

I have heard nothing since but plan to go back this summer via a flight from London to Santorini, then ferry from Santorini to Ios.

1. Is there a chance I get stopped at the Santorini airport? (Australian living in Australia)
2. What is the punishment for leaving the scene? (refused breath test also)

I read your FAQ above and thought maybe they were outdated for my question.

Thanks for your time.

Kat Reply:

The article was last updated in February 2014 (is two months considered outdated?), and there have been no changes since. This is Greece. Anything can happen — implementation, filing procedures (especially since we don’t know if you were actually fined) and the human factor are all inconsistent variables.

  janis wrote @ July 8th, 2014 at 02:07

i’m trying to find the FAQ’s section on this site but haven’t been successful. i, like many tourists, got nailed on the athens metro for not validating a ticket. i won’t go into detail but i had one and somehow it was lost in a shuffle – i had two other tickets but alas they weren’t valid anymore.

i’m not planning to pay this ticket though they did take my passport number. can you let me know what may happen if i make the decision not to pay.? i know you’ve answered this question frequently but i can’t seem to find the answers! thanks for your help!

Kat Reply:

This article refers to traffic tickets and fines for motor vehicles and drivers. It does not cover metro ticket fines and never will, and there is currently no article or FAQ on my website on this subject.

There is no way I can give an answer specific to your situation, as you didn’t provide enough details. Therefore, you need to contact Athens metro authorities at oasa.gr or stasy.gr

  Alexis wrote @ July 13th, 2014 at 23:27

1:
Hi our plates have been impounded for 6 months on July 7th due to having expired insurance on our private car (that we were unaware of). We paid a 500 euro fine and complied the same day by renewing our insurance. I read online that a first offence is usually met with a fine and 10 days to comply, not a 6 month immobilization. Do you know anything as we have someone in a wheelchair and only own one car? Our KTEO and tax were otherwise all valid, it was only the insurance that had been overlooked! I plan to revisit the police HQ in Alexandras tomorrow to appeal but any advice would be helpful!

2:
Hi thank you for your msg on July 15th and just to let you know we did get the number plates returned yesterday (still at Alexandras HQ not eforia btw), as a law was passed last week modifying the penalties for expired insurance and ending the 6 month – hope this helps others. Documents were requested originally not just at KEP (as you rightly reminded me where we paid) but because an appeal was made at Alexandras to dismiss the original parking ticket, at which point the officer agreed but requested all the vehicle’s documentation incl insurance in order to waive it!

Ironically I was fined at a check point for not wearing a seat belt on the way there yesterday so I am off to Elliniko to sort that out now… I really never usually have these problems! Great website btw, having lived in the UAE for over 20 yrs before moving here last yr, I did much the same thing verbally, and it is a very important and reassuring source that you offer.

Kat Reply:

1:
Please realize that I run this website in my unpaid spare time. It is not possible for me to give an answer between midnight and early morning, as this is not a 24/7 service.

Based solely on the little info provided, my only thought is the fine is typically paid at the tax office, not police HQ. Therefore, all documentation of paid fines, insurance, etc. should have been shown to the relevant authorities and wherever the car is impounded to settle and retrieve.

Hopefully, you sorted this out.

  Ollie wrote @ August 5th, 2014 at 21:51

came back to my rental car in Athens last saturday night on the road Miktroploulos. Parking was not allowed. So the license plates were taken off and just a red paper with a discription of the police was left. So I’m pretty unsure about all this.

1.) Am i still allowed to ride the car?
2.) Do the rental car company will charge me extra money/fee ’cause I/they will not get the license plates back before August 22nd.

Thanks and cheers,
Ollie

Kat Reply:

You did not provide enough details for me to give answers specific to your questions. All I can do is recommend that you pay the fine to get back the license plates and/or ask the rental company to assist you.

  mikel wrote @ August 18th, 2014 at 14:52

hi,

im from israel,
About a year ago I visited Malia Crete and got a fine from the police on driving without a helmet on a buggy/ATV (i dont know the correct word)
The officer dont took my ID card, driving license or passport.
i dont pay the report.
i want to travel to spain next month,Is expected to have problems at the airport in Spain?

thanks and sorry about my poor english

Kat Reply:

You didn’t provide enough information for me (or anyone) to give an answer specific to your question. Please see the ‘Questions and Answers’ section for general information pertaining to your situation. Your English is quite good. Don’t apologize, and all best.

  Jade wrote @ August 26th, 2014 at 01:32

1:
hey, I rented a quadbike in malia in june, and i and the person on the back weren’t wearing a helmet, we were pulled over by the police and given a 370 fine, which was more than I expected!!! They weren’t bothered about the person on the back. They asked me for my name, but my name is double barrelled and I only gave them my first name and first part of my last name, but they missed a letter out, not like it looks like it is missed out but they legit got it wrong. They never took my drivers license or passport but they do know the name of the place where I rented if (rental place doesnf have my card details only drivers license) I haven’t heard anything since then, what are the chances of me getting chased up home? And will it go on like criminal record or something??? thanks

2:
Well I haven’t heard anything since June, they simply gave me the ticket and my last name is Wilson bloor, but they put my name down as Jade Wison, and said I wouldn’t be allowed to leave the country until I paid, but I am yet to hear, they wrote down the name of the rental place, and sent us on our way, I am uk citizen living in England, and wondered if this goes on criminal record or something due to not paying, and what are chances of being chased up, please try 2 answer even if a guess :))

Kat Reply:

1:
You didn’t provide enough details for me (or anyone) to give an answer specific to your situation. Therefore, all I can do is refer you to the Questions and Answers section above.

2:
It is not my policy to guess and mislead people. Further, I know nothing about UK authorities or to what extent they cooperate, as I have never lived in the UK or held a UK license.

I provide and update the Question and Answer section to share all the knowledge I have, and readers can take responsibility for their own deduction/decision and take action (or not). All best.

  Can wrote @ September 2nd, 2014 at 21:31

Hello,

I am Can from Turkey.
I am an erasmus student in TEI Pıraeus. I had validated my student ticket (0,70 €) earlier today at 17:07. I forgot to validate another ticket because normally i use monthly ticket. And i got caught today in Syntagma metro station with unvalid ticket at 20:11. I try to explain my situation to the officer but he did not listen to me. He gave me a fine (36 €). He just wrote my Greek student academic id number on the fine ticket. I am leaving on 15th of September. If i won’t pay this fine what might happen to me? Do they track me?

By the way i have already read the article but i don’t see any answer to my situation.

Kat Reply:

Hello,

The above article pertains to vehicle traffic fines, not public transport tickets.

Please see “Pay a penalty fare” at the OASA website and inquire there. I am a private citizen, and I do not represent them. All best.

  jill wrote @ September 14th, 2014 at 16:32

Hi I wonder if you know anything about how we stand with this one !! We parked in the middle of Corfu town on a disabled bay legitimately as we thought with my sons blue badge. Obviously we are use to in the UK believing totally when you have a disabled badge you are within your rights to park there ,it being an EU badge. When we returned to the car we had a €200 fine and the number plates removed which meant we could not use the car. Apparently we later found out it was a personal disabled place but there was only numbers under the badge. We paid the fine €100, but then did not use any disabled bays as we really couldn’t tell what we had done wrong

Is it worth me writing to com pain now do you think?

Many thanks

Kat Reply:

Hi there! Be aware that contesting a fine in retrospect and after you’ve paid the fine can sometimes be interpreted as guilt by Greek standards. However, if you have the time and motivation to contest it, there’s no harm in giving it a shot. Wishing you all the best.

  ross wrote @ October 3rd, 2014 at 02:07

Hi, I received a fine whilst on holiday in Crete (malia) last July for riding a quad with no helmet ( stupid I know ).. I was fined 460 euros and told it would be half price if I paid in 10 days.
The police officers didn’t take my passport number or liscence info but they did take my UK home address and full name, also my mother’s maiden name.
I returned home without paying as I simply didn’t have the money and planned never to go back.. however my parntners parents have offered to pay for us to go back next year, to the same area and hotel.
Should I be expecting a letter from Greek authorities and would i be at risk of getting caught if I went back?
Am I right in thinking they can’t check for outstanding fines upon entering the country?

Many thanks

  Todor wrote @ October 3rd, 2014 at 11:14

Hi,
A great site, thanks!
I am from Bulgaria and I have the following issue: I got fined, because one of the passengers in the car was not with a belt. The fine is 100 Euro and I want to pay it. Is there any possible way to pay via bank transfer? I want to pay so that not to have any future problems. In the Greek embacy in Sofia they told me that they can not help me
Thanks !

Kat Reply:

As it says in section ‘Where to pay’ there is no facility to pay online or any other way except in person at the tax office, post office or city hall office.

I find it sad but not surprising that the Greek embassy won’t help you, as they have the ability to send things via govt mail to public sector offices in Greece.

  Raheem wrote @ November 24th, 2014 at 16:23

I was looking all over the net to find such article like yours.

I am a citizen of Lebanon and I have a permanent risidance permit where I live right now which is Sweden , I got a ticket “fine” on the metro in Athens when I was in amonya station for the first time cause I didn’t know how or where to buy tickets.

When they asked for my ID I didn’t give them my swedish ID I gave them my Lebaneas ID and they used it to writ the ticket .. They only have my first name and last name also my father name. I just called them and they reconised me from my name and the ticket number and they said I should pay it before it goes to the tax office otherwise it will be so much money

The fine is only 84 € and I really want to pay it so I can forget about it but I cannot do that cause I am already in Sweden now and I do not intend to visit Greece any time soon. Can I just forget about it or it will hunt me down here to Sweden ?? They have my full name and perants name too

I would really appreciate your answer .. You seem to be an expert !!

Thank you in advance

Kat Reply:

The article above refers to vehicle traffic fines and penalties, not public transport. However, my answer is the same as those in the ‘Questions and Answers’ section. Depends. If they wrote the ticket under your Lebanese ID, it’s less likely they’ll track you to Sweden but Schengen and cooperation between countries is changing all the time.

  Vladimir wrote @ February 4th, 2015 at 22:54

Hi,
I am a citizen of Bulgaria where radar detectors are legal. Driving into Greece the Greek customs officials saw it in my car – mounted on the windshield. They called traffic police, which fined me 2000 euro, removed my license plate, took my driving license and car documents. Since I had business in Thessaloniki and had to return to Bulgaria the following day I paid the fine in a town near the border and my documents were returned to me.

It appears that having a radar device in your car is not a customs violation and it was not confiscated. I was not on the national road network but in the customs zone, driving in from a country where the use of such devices is legal. I think that they should have simply told me that it is illegal to use a radar detector in Greece and I would have removed it and stowed it, instead of this.

Now that I have paid, is there are way that I can appeal the fine and get a refund?

Kat Reply:

You can protest the ticket according to directions given in section ‘Questions and Answers’ under ‘What if I want to protest the ticket?’ or contact the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Networks: http://www.yme.gr/

After this it will go to court, where you’ll be expected to appear and present your case in Greek.

  David wrote @ April 24th, 2015 at 20:15

I got fined 400 euro last year for not wearing a helmet in malia left without paying as I never had enough money, I’m planning to go back this year around September will I have any bother at the airport getting into the country for not paying or will I get in no problem? Thanks in advance

Kat Reply:

There is general information for you to check in the Questions and Answers section.

If you’re looking for an answer specific to your case, you would need to pose it to the police station in Malia or contact the Ministry of Transport. I can’t make predictions based on so little information and no access to your records.

  Tobi wrote @ July 12th, 2015 at 04:09

I was in Zante recently and got a fine for not wearing my helmet. I couldn’t pay the fine while i was there but i am in London now and have the money for the fine and the ticket. The problem is that i’m travelling to Nigeria right now. Will i be able to get a friend the go the the Greek embassy with the fine ticket and pay it for me? Because thats what i’m planning to do.
Thank you so much

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