Last update 1.9.2019 | First published 20.5.2004
The complete reference on speed and traffic fines
All countries who now cooperate and send fines direct to the vehicle address are now marked with (8.7.2019)
Data are corrected for 11 countries (22.4.2019)
Data and map on radar detector laws is now included (13.9.2018)
Most countries now have data on their enforcement tolerance (4.4.2018)
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|The important numbers
|Fine +21 km/h||€20||€20||€20|
|Fine +21 km/h||€50||€50||€50|
|Fine +21 km/h||€105-200||€105-200||€105-200|
|Fine +21 km/h||€135||€67||€67|
|Fine +21 km/h||€38||€19||€19|
|License withdrawn conditionally||80||128||160|
|Fine +21 km/h||€405||€200||€200|
|Fine +21 km/h||€400||€200||–|
|Fine +21 km/h||€312||€260||€260|
|Fine +21 km/h(4||€90||€90||€90|
|Fine +21 km/h||€80||€70||€70|
|Fine +21 km/h||€100||€100||€100|
|Fine +21 km/h||€80||€80||€80|
|Fine +21 km/h||€143||€143||€143|
|Fine +21 km/h||€200||€200||€200|
|Fine +21 km/h||€71||€101||€141|
|Fine +21 km/h||€28-86||€28-86||€28-86|
|Fine +21 km/h||€49||€49||€49|
|Fine +21 km/h||€157||€139||€121|
|Fine +21 km/h||€944||€711||€711|
|Fine +21 km/h||48||48||48|
|Fine +21 km/h||€120-600||€60-300||€60-300|
|Fine +21 km/h||€80||€40||€40|
|Fine +21 km/h(2||€250||€80||€80|
|Jail sentenceor heavy fine||111||161||201|
|Fine +21 km/h(3||€150||€50||€50|
|Fine +21 km/h||€345||€300||€300|
|Fine +21 km/h||€560||€374||€243|
|Fine +21 km/h||€95||€95||€95|
|conditionally: By repeated offences only
unconditionally: Minimum 18 days
1) By court only
2) Value is reduced with 50%. Will double to 100% if you do not pay on-the-spot – or within 8 days if you are a local
3) Value is reduced with 50%. Will double to 100% if you do not pay on-the-spot – or within 20 days if you are a local
4) Value is reduced with €45. Will increase to €135 if you do not pay on-the-spot – or within 15 days if you are a local
Drive safely and remember that speed does not necessarily kill. There is ONLY ONE WAY for drivers to set their speed at a safe level:
They must always choose a speed that allows them to stop comfortably, on their own side of the road, within the distance that they can guarantee to be clear.
Drivers in 21 European states will see fines for some driving offences committed abroad sent to their home country. The directive covers eight offences: Drink driving, driving under the influence of drugs, speeding, running a red light, not wearing a seatbelt, motorcyclists not wearing a crash helmet, driving on the hard shoulder and using a mobile phone while driving. Foreign offenders will be fined the penalty payable in the country of the offence, even if fines vary across Europe. Remember that this procedure is in place only for automatic offences that occur (such as a speed trap). In other cases the driver stopped will be required to pay in cash.
The countries are Austria, Chech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
|Speeding fines and license witdrawals per country|
|click any chart to enlarge. Please note that some data may be out of date.|
|How much you will pay for 21 kilometers more in Europe||When you will lose your drivers license in Europe|
|European radar detector laws|
|click the chart to enlarge|
|The laws in Europe are different for every country. Some countries allow having a radar detector in your possession but not using it, while in others it is even illegal to hold them.
For a discussion and a world-list, see Wikipedia.
Errata: In Norway they are legal to own, sell and buy, but illegal to use.
|Thanks to RatedRadarDetector for this map|
Good links to traffic and speeding:
- Wikipedia – Speed limit
Wikipedia – Speed limits by country
Wikipedia – Speed limit enforcement
- Gocompare – Harsher Penalties. Traffic fines compared across Europe. And even Australia, Canada and the US. A goldmine of data and charts. All based on relative incomes.
- The European Commission – Tons of official information on European road safety
The European Commission – Going abroad. Traffic rules and speeding limits across Europe. Highly recommended – even with apps for your phone 🙂
- The European Transport Safety Council- News on new rules and regulations
- ADAC – Die wichtigsten Temporeglen i europeischen Reiseländern (Infographic – 2008)
ADAC – Das kosten Verkehrssünden im Ausland (2009)
- AA – Touring tips Touring and traffic advice on even more European countries than covered here. Recommended.
- Canadian common sense
Canadian report (Review and Analysis of Posted Speed Limits and Speed Limit Setting Practices in British Columbia). This is a must read.
- The Asscociation of British Drivers – Speed limits
A brilliant discussion on speed limits and their impact on human behavior and accidents. They have also published Submission for the Raising of the Motorway Speed Limit.