Be Mindful of Europe’s Newest Tourist Trap
Scott McCartney from the Wall Street Journal recently penned a great column entitled, “For travelers visiting Europe, there’s a new kind of tourist trap.” It’s about the rise of automated radar cameras that are multiplying across Europe and other parts of the world. As Scott writes, “They catch speeding violations even a few kilometers per hour over the limit. They snap a picture of the car and send the driver a fine through the rental-car agency, sometimes months later.”
You can read the story by Googling the title (WSJ charges for access to their content; this is one way to bypass that) but the moral of the story is to obey speed limits. If you do get a fine, either from the car rental company or the country itself, Scott says, “It’s probably also best to pay fines. Consequences aren’t likely, but some countries say they can detain people entering the country at a later time if violations are outstanding, or turn fines over to debt collectors.”
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This happened to me in Italy where Hertz charged me a 50 euro processing fee for a ticket, allegedly from a traffic camera, that never even showed up. It appears to also be a way for car rental companies to increase their fee revenue.