€400 instead of €90 is the average fine that drivers sentenced on Thursday by the police court will have to pay for having tried to escape their police report by providing another identity.
With the proliferation of fixed and mobile speed cameras along the roads, it is easy to lose points if you are not attentive enough to your meter. To keep their license and avoid paying a fine, some drivers do not hesitate to designate another person and go so far as to recover a real false identity on the internet. A trick, frequently used on the national territory, sometimes even cashed in around fifty euros via social networks, which no longer passes through the administration. At the bar of the police court this Thursday morning, no less than ten drivers who had used this system had to explain themselves.
Like this student, prosecuted for three speeding tickets, who did not dispute her offenses and declared to have “accepted a friend’s proposal” to keep his license and his “work tool”, “without knowing about the scheme”. Or this other motorist, having given the same “real false identity” four times to escape his PV. “The gentleman you designated lives in Belgium and he received 845 procedures!”, underlined Michel Mouret for the public prosecutor, requesting 400 € per offense for these two files. “It has to stop. We have to send a strong signal.”
50 files pending
The record on this hearing: 1300 denunciations for the same driver. A figure that illustrates the scale of the phenomenon. “It’s high fashion, explains Captain Michel Mouret. We judged 10 cases this morning, but there are about fifty pending in Narbonne. The people designated are people who exist, often foreigners (Turks, English, Belgians, Malaysians, Spaniards or Moroccans) whose trace we think we will not find. Except that when the National Agency for the Automated Processing of Offenses (ANTAI) – which receives the PVs – notes an identity used hundreds of times, an alert for “suspicious designation” is immediately given.
“I summon people directly to the hearing, he continues, and I am strict in my submissions, which are very often followed by the judge. But what people don’t know is that when they are convicted, they can also be prosecuted for “providing inaccurate or erroneous information about the driver of an offending vehicle” which constitutes a 5th class contravention, liable to a fine of €1,500. And those who provide the identities can go as far as corrections”.
Commander Mouret is sounding the alarm: “We must put a stop to it and not forget that the recipients exist. This practice is dangerous and must stop!”.