1. Posted by BobKat (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Just returned from three fabulous weeks in the South of France.

All wonderful except ... we were stuck on the A20 near Toulouse with some inexplicable traffic back-up that turned a six-hour drive into a ten-hour drive. We had to pull over at a very nice commercial rest stop to use the toilet. The entire place was packed with travelers in the same predicament. There was no parking available so cars were parked everywhere.

We received a citation and fine, which in normal circumstances would have been justified. I was illegally parked - along with about one hundred other cars, desperate for a toilet.

I am appalled that the French police issued tickets in this situation.

Regards,
BobKat

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6435 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

> I am appalled that the French police issued tickets in this situation.

It is as it is.

When you visit another country you have to accept their laws....and the behaviour of their police force....regardless of what you may feel about it.

3. Posted by BobKat (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I'm appalled ... at your lack of empathy.

I admitted guilt and paid the fine two weeks ago.
Police are human. Would they have us just wet ourselves?
They knew that this traffic backup went for hundreds of kilometers.

4. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 303 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

BobKat, it doesn't make sence if you complain here in the forum. We cannot do anything for you. If you feel treated unfairly you'd have complained by the local police station or any official office. Police are not payed for having empathy, they are payed for looking that the laws are respected.
You write "we", so you where not alone in the car. So one of you could have go out to the toilet and the other driving around in the meantime, without parking. Then change. Or you could have exited the highway on the next possible exit and drive along any country road.
And, be honest: the traffic backup for sure was not "hundreds of kilometers".

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6435 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

>I'm appalled ... at your lack of empathy.

Making personal comments is not acceptable on this forum.

You have no way of knowing how empathetic I am so I assume you mean you're appalled that I don't agree with you.

Police have to apply the laws of a country. Police in your country may have leeway to decide whether or not to ticket on the grounds of 'empathy' but that doesn't mean police in every country have the same leeway.

To reiterate, when you're in another country you have to accept that country's laws and the behviour of the police. It is as it is.

If you feel that strongly about it why not write a letter of complaint to the relevant authority?

6. Posted by BobKat (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

OK, my apologies.

I paid the citation two weeks ago.
Yes, our police have discretion for mere parking violations.

We loved our three weeks in France and the warm reception we received everywhere.

We will be back and will follow the laws.

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2965 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

All part of the experience of a place. Travel is sometimes difficult; seeing what their culture chooses to put up with is informative! :)

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