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First published 2004.05.20 | Last update 2016.04.17

European Speed Limits, Fines and Police Reactions

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License withdrawn 90 150 180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

Belgium
Common speed-limit 50 90 120
License withdrawn 80 130 160
Fine +21 km/h €105-200 €105-200 €105-200

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License withdrawn conditionally 80 128 160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License withdrawn 101 141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

Finland
Common speed-limit 50 100 120
License withdrawn 76 140 160
Fine +21 km/h €312 €260 €260
FranceMonaco
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License withdrawn 90 130 170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

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License withdrawn 80 140 171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

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License withdrawn 80 120 160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

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License withdrawn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

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License withdrawn 90 130 170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License withdrawn 100 140 180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

Luxembourg
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn
Fine +21 km/h €145 €145 €145

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License withdrawn 100 130 170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

Norway
Common speed-limit 50 80 100
License withdrawn 76 116 141
Jail sentenceunconditionally 96 136 165
Fine +21 km/h €788 €594 €594

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License withdrawn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

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License withdrawn 90 160 180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

Spain
Common speed-limit 50 80 120
License withdrawn 91 141 181
Jail sentenceor heavy fine 111 161 201
Fine +21 km/h(1 €300 €100 €100

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License withdrawn 80 120 140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

Switzerland
Common speed-limit 50 80 120
License withdrawn 75 110 155
Fine +21 km/h €500 €333 €216

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License withdrawn 95 145 160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) Reduced with 50% if you have a Spanish identity card and pay within 20 days
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.
Fines, license witdrawals and road deaths per country
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How much you will pay for 20 kilometers more in Europe. When you will lose your drivers license in Europe. The risk of driving in Europe.

More interesting 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.

 

Speed limits and typical fine, by country
Country +21 km/h
fine (euro)
Albania 40 90 110 ??
Austria 50 100 130 50
Belgium 50 90 120 105-200
Bulgaria 50 90 140 max 15
Bosnia and Herzegovina 50 80 130 ??
Croatia 50 90 140 15-30
Czech Republic 50 90 130 ??
Denmark 50 80 130 200-405
Estonia 50 90 110 40-80
Finland 50 100 120 312-1140
France 50 90 130 135
Germany 50 100 130 70-80
Greece 50 90 130 100
Hungary 50 90 130 max 120
Ireland 48 96 112 80
Italy 50 90 130 143
Kosovo 50 80 130 ??
Latvia 50 90 110 ??
Lithuania 50 90 130 28-86
Luxembourg 50 90 130 145
Netherlands 50 80 130 121-157
best in classNorway 50 70/80/90 100/110 594-788
Poland 50 90 140 48
Portugal 50 90 120 60-600
Rumania 50 90 130 9-18
Spain 50 90 120 100-300
Serbia 50 80 120 ??
Slovakia 50 90 130 ??
Slovenia 50 90 110 ??
Sweden 50 90 120 300-345
Switzerland 50 80 120 216-500
Turkey 50 90 120 35
United Kingdom 48 96 112 95

21 Comments

  1. 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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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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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  6. 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?

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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.

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  11. 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…

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    • TerjeEnge
      2015.06.18 @ 23:17

      No highways in Finland? I think you are wrong …

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  12. 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 :)

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