How to pay a BVG fine from abroad - Berlin

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alliem
I've been searching all over the internet for help with this issue and your forum keeps turning up, so I thought I would see if anyone here could help. I was in Berlin last month and my first ride on the U-Bahn I accidentally bought a short ride ticket instead of a regular ticket and happened to get stopped by the transit police. It was my stupid mistake and I accept that. I was given a 40 euro fine that I need to pay.

However, I understand very little German and can't figure out how to pay this. I've emailed BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe) and also called them, but keep finding myself unable to communicate as I only speak French and English. I haven't been able to find out if there is a way to pay online or mail a check. I live in France, so I think I can use their IBAN number, although I don't know what name is on the BVG account or who I would contact for a receipt. I was given a form when I got fined, but the numbers that I think are my "bankleitzahl" and "Konto-Nr. des Kontoinhabers" aren't fitting in the boxes. I'm feeling a little foolish and lost so I would appreciate any help.
Gen
"Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe" will be the name of the account owner. You don't have to use their form, just do online banking.

From http://www.bvg.de/index.php/de/Bvg/Detail/...4ftsbedingungen I got the following Bankleitzahl and Kontonummer for the BVG themselves:

either
Berliner Bank AG & CO.KG Konto-Nr. 1800377000, Bankleitzahl 10020000

or
Berliner Bank Girokonto: BIC (oder auch SWIFT-Code): BEBEDEBB IBAN: DE30100200001800377000

Don't any of those numbers fit into your online banking form?

Receipt, I don't know. Is there a line called "Verwendungszweck" on the form you got? Copy that into the subject line of your online banking.
sarabyrd
I think OP - who deserves lots of good karma for paying although abroad, considering some attitudes we have seen here - has the transfer form issued when caught, it's probably not suitable for a foreign transfer.

EDIT:
I didn't have time to research earlier on so I e-mailed the BVG, these are the bank details they mailed back:

bank:Süd-Westdeutsche Inkasso-KG, Baden-Baden
account: 25403-755
(BLZ: 66010075)
IBAN : DE 36 6601 0075 0025 4037 55
S.W.I.F.T : PBNKDE FF 660
It seems that the BVG doesn't collect the fine at all, they sell it to an agency who does the dirty work, Lord forgive me.
alliem
Thank you both for your quick and helpful replies. I'll be by my bank tomorrow to hopefully get this paid.
espresso
I was fined in Vienna on the UBhan was in the city on holidays
The fine was like 65€ or something paid 40€ that I had at the time
Went back to Dublin and paid the rest
I just posted it to the address at the back
Prob pocketed by someone still I no longer live with the fear of europol knocking on my door
kellyecl
I am a student living in Berlin for another week and a half. I had a monthly card which expired 2 days ago without me noticing, and I just got checked on the U-Bahn. I gave them my address here, but what will they do when I leave in a week and a half without paying? I gave them my drivers' license as well. I had intentions of buying a new ticket, it just slipped my mind. Obviously this is not the moral thing to do, but what will happen if I don't pay the fine?
Keydeck
They will take you down! They will take you down to Chinatown!

Have a quick looksee at the search function. This has definitely been asked before.
JeffZ
When you go through the outbound passport control, they run a check on the national database of your outstanding payments. When they find the unpaid BVG fine, you will be escorted to a side room and beaten to a bloody pulp.
Keydeck
...and then salted.

Here, have a read through this thread for example: German train ticket fines following you abroad
HAL9000
You will get out alive as you have a month or so to pay before it goes mental. If you come back in you ain't going anywhere in a hurry and the interest etc. Then you end up on the SHUFA credit black list and won't get a phone contract or a credit or anything. That will then follow you to your home country and kick the door in one day with a letter telling you that your credit rating is now 0. By that time you will have become mental. Pay what you owe and go. Have you ever forgotten to get a plane ticket? I rest my case.
Lavender Rain
...and then salted.
...and then tarred and feathered.
kellyecl
I am not gonna lie Hal I have no idea what you just said. I wasn't really asking for a moral lesson, but thanks for the help.
HAL9000
If you think what I said was beyond comprehension then wait until the German's get onto you... in German. Last year they chartered a plane to go to the States and track down the fare dodgers (thats not a football team by the way I've been informed they play baseball). They used American law to get people a criminal record. So just pay now rather than go down later.
Small Town Boy
This has definitely been asked before.
Barely a day goes by without a thread in the Berlin forums about fare-dodging. In Munich we get about one a year. Berlin will soon need a new "Fare-dodging" sub-forum to deal with the vast number of morally-confused expats in the city.

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hardtofi
Barely a day goes by without a thread in the Berlin forums about fare-dodging. In Munich we get about one a year. Berlin will soon need a new "Fare-dodging" sub-forum to deal with the vast number of morally-confused expats in the city.
You missed one needed sub-forum:

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