Make sense of.... La fourrière (car pound)

Readers, especially city residents, may have had the unpleasant – and costly – experience of having to collect their car from the fourrière

The same term is used in French, as in English, for the place where badly parked vehicles or stray animals are taken – la fourrière (pound).

Prevention is always preferable as it will usually cost a minimum of €140 to get your car back from a pound. It might also be in an impractical location on the edge of town – without your car to get to it…

What is more, in many cases, eg. where the police have it towed due to a parking offence, towing and pound fees will be on top of a fine for the offence.

In some cities, police seem especially zealous in having cars removed but in at least one they are making an effort to give drivers a last chance to avoid their cars being towed.

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