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First published 2004.05.20 | Last update 2017.03.30

Speed limits, Traffic fines and Police reactions

The only almost complete Web reference on European speeding, traffic tickets and police reactions.
Speedingeurope.com – the ultimate source on European speed limits, traffic fines and police reactions.

NEWS 2017.03.30:
Rules on the new portuguese point system is up.
The Big European Burger Index is now up.
Slovenia has become a full member and was added with full details on speeding.
Norway has again increased their speeding and traffic fines.
Fines and rules for Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland have been updated.

Information on this is difficult to find: I appreciate any comment, any correction. You may do this at the bottom of each page. Thank You!

The important numbers
Country
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11
Austria
Common speed-limit 50 100 130
License withdrawn 90 150 180
Fine +21 km/h €50 €50 €50

27
Belgium
Common speed-limit 50 70 120
License withdrawn 80 110 160
Fine +21 km/h €105-200 €105-200 €105-200

45
Denmark
Common speed-limit 50 80 130
License withdrawn conditionally 80 128 160
Fine +21 km/h €405 €200 €200
Estonia
84
Estonia
Common speed-limit 50 90
License withdrawn 101 141
Fine +21 km/h €80 €40

13
Finland
Common speed-limit 50 100 120
License withdrawn 76 140 160
Fine +21 km/h €312 €260 €260
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24
France/Monaco
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 90 130 170
Jail sentenceconditionally 100 140 180
Fine +21 km/h €135 €135 €135

10
Germany
Common speed-limit 50 100 130
License withdrawn 80 140 171
Fine +21 km/h €80 €70 €70

48
Greece
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 80 120 160
Fine +21 km/h €100 €100 €100

14
Ireland
Common speed-limit 50 80 120
License withdrawn(1
Fine +21 km/h €80 €80 €80

25
Italy
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 90 130 170
Fine +21 km/h €143 €143 €143
Lithuania
16
Lithuania
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 100 140 180
Fine +21 km/h €28-86 €28-86 €28-86

22
Luxembourg
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 79 141 202
Fine +21 km/h €49 €49 €49

42
Netherlands
Common speed-limit 50 80 120
License withdrawn 100 130 170
Fine +21 km/h €157 €139 €121

100
Norway
Common speed-limit 50 80 110
License withdrawn 76 116 151
Jail sentenceunconditionally 96 136 175
Fine +21 km/h €923 €695 €695

11
Poland
Common speed-limit 50 90 140
License withdrawn 100
Fine +21 km/h 48 48 48

22
Portugal
Common speed-limit 50 90 120
License withdrawn 90 160 180
Fine +21 km/h €120-600 €60-300 €60-300

55
Slovenia
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 100 140 190
Fine +21 km/h €500 €160 €80

36
Spain
Common speed-limit 50 80 120
License withdrawn 91 141 181
Jail sentenceor heavy fine 111 161 201
Fine +21 km/h(2 €300 €100 €100

46
Sweden
Common speed-limit 50 90 110
License withdrawn 80 120 140
Fine +21 km/h €345 €300 €300

34
Switzerland
Common speed-limit 50 80 120
License withdrawn 75 110 155
Jail sentence 100 140 200
Fine +21 km/h €560 €374 €243

19
United Kingdom
Common speed-limit 48 96 112
License withdrawn 95 145 160
Fine +21 km/h €95 €95 €95
conditionally: By repeated offences only
unconditionally: Minimum 18 days
1) By court only
2) Reduced with 50% if you pay on the spot or within 20 days with a Spanish identity card (NIF, NIE)
arrow_right_us_100x50This is no call for unlawful behavior:
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.
Speeding fines and license witdrawals per country
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How much you will pay for 21 kilometers more in Europe When you will lose your drivers license in Europe

Good links to traffic and speeding:

european_union_250x250-w64On November 7th 2014 the EU adopted the Cross-Border Enforcement Directive. Drivers in most 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.There is, however, no formal procedure to force payment at the moment. And the UK, Ireland and Denmark chose to not sign the treaty. Also it needs to be remembered 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.

41 Comments

  1. Jen
    2017.05.26 @ 15:03

    seems to me you are missing few of EU contries in this…

    Reply

    • TerjeEnge
      2017.06.26 @ 22:35

      Of course. Remember that I am only a one-man-band struggling to update info on a very complex object.
      Tons of work. Please support with a click on any of the ads – it will at least give me a couple of cents 🙂

      Reply

      • Potocki
        2017.06.28 @ 09:24

        You are doing a great job Terje running this site! You are providing a priceless source of information for the people who still want to drive normally (according to road and traffic conditions) and not according to what somebody wrote on a roadsign surrounded by red circle.

        Reply

  2. Dam
    2017.05.25 @ 12:17

    Is Croatia member state of EU?
    How about updating information?

    Reply

    • TerjeEnge
      2017.06.26 @ 22:31

      This is not about the EU, it’s about Europe.

      Reply

  3. mukki
    2017.05.25 @ 10:47

    rules for BOSNIA:

    20 EUR
    1. driving (or crossing the street as a pedestrian!) with two headphones on
    2. driving an intoxicated person in the front passenger seat

    125 EUR
    1. having a radar-obstructing device onboard
    2. spinning the wheels while the car is stationary (doing a „peelout/burnout“)
    3. blood alcohol level of 0.3-0.8

    150 EUR
    1. using cellphone while driving
    2. no seatbelt
    3. blood alcohol level of 0.8-1.5
    4. no license/registration/insurance papers

    500 EUR
    1. driving a child under 12 y/o in the front passenger seat
    2. blood alcohol level over 1.5
    3. leaving the site of an accident if you were involved in it
    4. not calling the police if you were involved in an accident
    5. license plates different to those listed in your registration papers
    6. driving while your license/registration/insurance is suspended/expired/doesn’t exist
    7. refusing to take the alcohol/drugs test

    SPEEDING:
    1. 10-20km/h over the limit – 25 EUR (if you cause an accident while speeding – 100 EUR, 2 months license suspension)
    2. 20-30 km/h over the limit – 150 EUR (if you cause an accident while speeding, 500 EUR, 6 months license suspension)
    3. 30+ km/h over the limit – 500 EUR (if you cause an accident while speeding, 2500 EUR, 6 months license suspension)

    Reply

    • TerjeEnge
      2017.06.03 @ 00:49

      Thank You!
      Something on Bosnia should be up soon …
      Do you have any websites that reference this – preferably in English?

      Reply

  4. Potocki
    2017.05.08 @ 12:13

    Reply

  5. Potocki
    2017.05.02 @ 14:49

    Anybody knows the situation in United Arab Emirates and Oman? I know that the Middle East is not Europe, but maybe someone has got any experience. I am going there in Sept. I’ve heard that in some places (eg. Dubai) the limits are strictly followed and the penalties are huge. In other emirates, they say you can go full throttle with very little or no consequences. Thanks
    Peter

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  6. Potocki
    2017.05.02 @ 14:43

    Slovakia. There are hard times for drivers while going through Slovakia. The traffic police (usually in white and green cars, but hidden not to be seen) is everywhere and their tolerance for speeding is very little. I just paid 40 EUR for 65 in a 50 zone. The rates vary on the speed. I found something like this in the net:
    In the city:

    do 6 km/h: napomenutím
    nad 6 do 10 km/h: 20 eur
    nad 10 do 15 km/h: 40 eur
    nad 15 do 19 km/h: 50 eur
    nad 19 do 25 km/h: 80 eur
    nad 25 do 30 km/h: 140 eur
    nad 30 do 35 km/h: 200 eur
    nad 35 do 40 km/h: 280 eur
    nad 40 do 45 km/h: 360 eur
    nad 45 do 50 km/h: 440 eur

    nad 50 do 55 km/h: 540 eur

    nad 55 do 60 km/h: 650 eur
    nad 60 km/h more: court

    Out of town:

    do 6 km/h: napomenutím
    nad 6 do 15 km/h: 20 eur
    nad 15 do 25 km/h: 40 eur
    nad 25 do 29 km/h: 50 eur
    nad 29 do 35 km/h: 100 eur
    nad 35 do 40 km/h: 200 eur
    nad 40 do 45 km/h: 300 eur
    nad 45 do 50 km/h: 400 eur
    nad 50 do 55 km/h: 500 eur
    nad 55 do 60 km/h: 650 eur
    nad 60 km/h more: court

    at: https://auto.pravda.sk/doprava/clanok/373425-sadzobnik-pokut-2016-kolko-zaplatime-za-dopravne-priestupky/
    which seems to be true.
    Speed safely and don’t get caught.
    Peter

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  7. Ion
    2016.11.10 @ 11:40

    In Romania the fine is calculated in points and there are additional points added depending in gravity… One point means 10 % from minimum wage salary in the country, equivalent with approximately 27 euro. So for speeding over 21Km there is a fine of 2 or 3 points or 55-83 euro… at 15 points accumulated the license is suspended for 30 days. The points received at a given time are retracted after 6 months if there is no other points received in that period…

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  8. Haz
    2016.10.06 @ 12:20

    Hi Guys,

    In mid August I got a notification from my car rental Avis that they have sent my address (I live in Sweden) forward to the French authorities for speeding (no one to blame but me). However 1,5 months later I’m still waiting for the fine from the French authorities. When I call the number Avis provided they just tell me it will come and they cannot give me any specifics on my case.
    Question: How long does it normally take? I’m getting worried that the letter has been lost or something. I don’t want to be charged the higher fine or have a collector knocking my door for not receiving the letter. I don’t know how to find out.

    Thanks,
    Haz

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  9. Grega
    2016.09.14 @ 21:13

    SLOVENIA:
    https://www.amzs.si/en/touring-information#traffic-regulations

    You’ll find most info on the top link
    All fines are 50% off and foreigners must pay them on the spot. For locals 50% off in the next 8 days.

    All motor vehicles must use their passing lights when travelling on all roads, even in daylight. Fog lights can be used when visibility is reduced to less than 50 metres. Foreign drivers are recommended to carry a spare set of electric bulbs for their vehicle (compulsory for residents). A police can impose a fine on the spot for traffic violations; if the fine is paid within 8 days it is reduced by 50%. Visitors: Foreign drivers who refuse to pay a fine on the spot can have their passport and other documents taken from them and can be brought before a police court judge.

    30 km/h zone has this sign -> http://www1.amzs.si/cms/controls/warehousehandler.ashx?path=/Galerije/2014/April/dr_Peter_Lipar/dr_Peter_Lipar_2824.jpg
    Drive 61+ km/h in this zone and your licence is withdrawn!

    10 km/h zone (pedestrian area/calm traffic) has this sign -> http://www.signaco.si/znaki/obvestila/obvest52.jpg
    I can’t stress enough how important is this sign. It is very rare but you can find it in areas near schools/parks and so on. Best practice is to slow down/stop and shift to 1st gear. Drive 41+ km/h in this zone and your licence is withdrawn!

    110km/h is expressway with 3rd sign on this -> https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a0/Slovenia_road_sign_III-75.svg/2000px-Slovenia_road_sign_III-75.svg.png
    Same traffic fines apply for expressway as for motorway

    All this zones have a starting and an ending sign.

    Worthy of mention:
    Lights off while daytime = 40 EUR
    Lights off in tunnels / at night = 120 EUR
    Driving +50k/h on a motorway/expressway = 1200 EUR and licence withdrawn
    Not stoping the car while the other car has stopped near the pedestrian crossing = 500 EUR
    Scissors overtaking / overtaking on corners = 700 EUR
    Overtaking on the right = 120 EUR
    Increasing speed while other car is overtaking you = 120 EUR
    Not having safety distance = 120 EUR

    Some special regulations can be found here:
    https://www.amzs.si/en/touring-information#special-regulations
    Not having winter equippment in winter time / conditions = 40 EUR

    Let me know on my email if you have any question 🙂

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    • TerjeEnge
      2016.10.21 @ 17:02

      Thank You, Grega!
      This will be the the start of a new section on Slovenia 🙂

      Reply

    • Stickandrudderman
      2016.10.23 @ 11:41

      I just got an on the spot fine of €250 for doing 78 in a 50 shortly after crossing the border from Croatia.

      Reply

  10. dave haydock
    2016.07.31 @ 11:18

    thank you for such a informative site…i would just like to say that im fortunate i think that at the moment or maybee till next year at leasr if i speed as a a british driver im not likely to get a fine….but i read that a lot of speeding offences are from foregn divers is that not because they dont know were the camers are…but the locals do…ps maybe now we have opted out of europe we may not compete the exchange of information by 2017…

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  11. Ranel
    2016.07.31 @ 08:01

    Hello! In Estonia fine exceeding +21 is actually around 120 EUR.

    Official data in Estonian. Below is short version in English. Measurement mistake is up to 99kmh +-3kmh, 100+kmh is -+5kmh.

    § 227. Mootorsõidukijuhi poolt lubatud sõidukiiruse ületamine
    (1) Mootorsõidukijuhi poolt lubatud suurima sõidukiiruse ületamise eest kuni 20 kilomeetrit tunnis –
    karistatakse rahatrahviga kuni 30 trahviühikut.
    (2) Mootorsõidukijuhi poolt lubatud suurima sõidukiiruse ületamise eest 21–40 kilomeetrit tunnis –
    karistatakse rahatrahviga kuni 100 trahviühikut või sõiduki juhtimisõiguse äravõtmisega kuni kuue kuuni.
    (3) Mootorsõidukijuhi poolt lubatud suurima sõidukiiruse ületamise eest 41–60 kilomeetrit tunnis –
    karistatakse rahatrahviga kuni 200 trahviühikut, arestiga või sõiduki juhtimisõiguse äravõtmisega kuni kaheteistkümne kuuni.
    (4) Mootorsõidukijuhi poolt lubatud suurima sõidukiiruse ületamise eest üle 60 kilomeetri tunnis –
    karistatakse rahatrahviga kuni 300 trahviühikut, arestiga või sõiduki juhtimisõiguse äravõtmisega kuni kahekümne nelja kuuni.

    Short version in english.

    +20 up to 120 eur
    +21-40 up to 400 EUR and licence might be suspended for 6 months
    +41-60 up to 800EUR and licence might be suspended for 12 months
    +61 to infinity up to 1200EUR and licence might be suspended for 24 months

    Reply

    • TerjeEnge
      2016.12.29 @ 21:38

      Thank You, Ranel 🙂
      Sorry I’m late with this response but this winter seems destined for a major update to Speedingeurope and new countries. I hope to be able to include Estonia and all the Baltic countries.

      Reply

  12. Ino
    2016.07.13 @ 14:54

    In the Netherlands an app called “Flitsmeister” got really big very quickly (700.000 users), which warns you for set speed traps (at one point as well as over a fixed distance), traffic distruptions, nearing emergency vehicles and since a while it’s also possible to send in stopped vehicles, bad road state and so on. The makers started adding other European countries too – it now works in almost every European countries (except Switzerland, where it’s illegal – in others radar detectors are illegal, not apps).

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  14. R1200GSAPilot
    2016.04.19 @ 10:41

    UK:
    The Association of Chief Police Officers has made a recommendation that the minimum speeds for prosecutions is the prevailing speed limit + 10% + 3 km/h I.e. 48 = 56, 96 = 109, 112 = 126. This is ONLY a recommendation.
    Automatic fines have increased to £100 (€125) + 3 points (accumulate 12 points in a rolling 3 year period = 6 month compulsory ban and heavier fines).
    Higher speeds: (close approximations).
    Speed limit + 30% will not be dealt with automatically so will require a court visit, attract higher fines, 4-6 points and short bans begin to become an option.
    Speed limit + 45% = minimum of 6 points, higher fines, bans of up to 2 months and heavy fines.
    Speed limit + 55% = May be considered to be a more serious offence, particularly if there was an accident, which would take this into a much more serious category with long bans, more points, higher fines and potential term in prison.

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    • TerjeEnge
      2016.05.08 @ 23:18

      Thank you for this info, RS1200Gs pilot. I will have a look into this.

      Reply

  15. Martin Fairbairn
    2016.03.12 @ 09:51

    If a driver commits an offence in another country, the police will be able to use their car’s registration number to track them down.

    Reply

  16. from Lithuania
    2016.01.26 @ 21:18

    in Lithuania:
    1) you will get a fine from camera only for +23 km/h (on september 1-10 every camera will take picture for +3km/h but wont sent anything unless you get caught twice), police almost never stop you for a less than +23 km/h of speeding.
    2) Drivers who have <2 years of experience cant drive faster than:
    70km/h in countryside (not 90)
    90km/h in highways (not 100/130)
    IMPORTANT
    3) you can only drive 130km/h in a road A1E85
    in highways there are two speed limits:
    April 1- October 31 SPEED LIMIT is 110 km/h
    November 1- March 31 speed limit is 120km/h and 130km/h on A1E85
    Thease speeds are ONLY for motorcycles and cars which weigh less than 3500kg and has less than 7 passenger seats.
    FOR OTHER
    speed limit for cars which weigh more than 3500kg or has more than 7 seats is 100km/h
    speed limit for cars with trailer speed limit is 90km/h
    speed limit for trucks is 80 km/h and for bus 90km/h
    minimum speed on highway is 50km/h and 70km/h on A1E85
    You will lose your DL for +53km/h

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    • TerjeEnge
      2016.02.23 @ 00:21

      Thank You!
      I’m getting closer to include Lithuania. But, as always, how is it it possible to make simple things like this so complicated?
      The best thing would be to include all the Baltic states in one update. Does anyone have any relevant information on Estonia and Latvia?

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  17. GvG
    2016.01.21 @ 22:28

    So here it is for the Netherlands
    Max speeds:
    In towns 50
    Outside towns 80 (or 100 on the ‘autoweg’ https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoweg )
    Motorway: 130 (the two current tables are not consistent. The first one still says 120)

    Fines:
    In towns +21=€262 +30=€410 +31-49 it’s up to the Crown Prosecution +50 = license withdrawn
    Outside towns +21=€186 +30=€309 +31-49 it’s up to the Crown Prosecution +50 = license withdrawn
    Motorways +21=€186 +40=€410 +41-49 it’s up to the Crown Prosecution +50 = license withdrawn

    Note that during roadworks fines go up.

    Source: https://www.om.nl/onderwerpen/verkeer/handhaving-verkeer/snelheid/tarieven/ (the official site of the Crown Prosecution)

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    • TerjeEnge
      2016.02.23 @ 00:23

      Thank you. I guess this is updated info on the Netherlands?

      Reply

  18. Dmitry K.
    2015.10.14 @ 12:30

    For Lithuania
    (half of minimum fine is given when it’s a first violation during a year period)
    Speeding:
    <10 km/h – warning (valid for 1 year since issued)
    10-20 km/h – 11-28 euro
    20-30km/h – 28-86 euro
    30-40 km/h – 115-173 euro
    for <2 year driving exp. 30-40 km/h – 115-173 euro and DL withdrawn for 3-6 m.
    40-50 km/h – 173-231 euro
    for <2 year driving exp. 40-50 km/h – 173-231 euro and DL withdrawn for 6-12 m.
    50 km/h and more – 289-434 euro and DL withdrawn for 1-6 m.
    for <2 year driving exp. 50 km/h and more – 289-434 euro and DL withdrawn for 12-18 m.
    having no DL 50 km/h and more – 434-724 euro

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  19. Stefan Smith
    2015.10.08 @ 02:07

    Important in Austria, exist a lot o speed cameras, sometimes you don’t see, are inside a metal box.
    But the big problem is at the autobahn’s, you need a 3D sticker installed at the left side, in the middle of your windscreen.

    The Sticker cost is 80 Euros and is valid until one year or 08 Euros valid until 10 days, the speed cameras find this stickers optically, if you don’t have automatically you will receive a ticket of 120 Euros(you can buy at the gas stations).

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  20. Gustavo
    2015.09.27 @ 14:05

    Hi, good information, do you know if there is a website where I can check if my car (plate #) has fine pending to be paid? i.e. if I was speeding and a trafic camera took me a picture? I am interested mainly in Austria.

    Thank you

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  21. Giuseppe
    2015.09.18 @ 11:45

    Hey,
    well done with your site, bravo!

    Plenty of useful informations in a hassle-free, nice and clear design, with a lot of good sense and a bit of humour.
    It’s not so common, lately, in this dumb era of the internet.
    So… grazie!

    G.

    Reply

  22. Polish man
    2015.05.20 @ 01:30

    in Finland it’s ONLY 50 in side city limit’s an 80 out side, there is no highway’s there…

    Reply

    • TerjeEnge
      2015.06.18 @ 23:17

      No highways in Finland? I think you are wrong …

      Reply

      • Finnish citizen
        2016.07.18 @ 18:20

        Finland: 80 km/h outside cities is true. 100 km/h is possible but marked separately. During the winter months 120 km/h is reduced to 100 km/h and also most of the 100 km/h to 80 km/h.

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  23. Peter
    2015.04.23 @ 04:04

    Hi Terje,
    A briliant site! Congrats! Drivers need it. It’s only a pity that you didn’t emphasize that in Germany there is still no general speed limit and there are places you can legaly see a ‘3xx’ number on your speedometer. I have a comment/correction for Poland for you. Can I have your email address?
    Peter

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    • TerjeEnge
      2015.06.18 @ 22:48

      Thank You, Peter. Sorry I’m late with this response, this is my mail: terje@enge.no.
      And I thought that the message that Germany still has a no-limit speed was clear – it’s written in the subtitle.
      But it should be clearer – I’ll improve this. THX for hint 🙂

      Reply

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