Living in Greece

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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and the number of accidents has decreased with increased traffic, which is good and bad, thousands of cars now withdrawn from circulation due to austerity and more citizens turning to public transport.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

126 Comments

  Kat wrote @ September 13th, 2011 at 13:08

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.

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