Last update 19.10.2017 | First published 20.5.2004

The complete reference on speed and traffic rules

Latvia is included with full details – under construction (19.10.2017)
Slovakia is included with full details – under construction (12.10.2017)
The Traffic Index which compares traffic fines across Europe was completely reworked and simplified (11.10.2017).
The Czech Republic is included with full details (9.10.2017).

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
Common speed-limit 50 100 130
License withdrawn 90 150 180
Fine +21 km/h €50 €50 €50

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License withdrawn 80 110 160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

Czech Republic
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 90 140 180
Fine +21 km/h €38 €19 €19

Common speed-limit 50 80 130
License withdrawn conditionally 80 128 160
Fine +21 km/h €405 €200 €200
Common speed-limit 50 90
License withdrawn 101 141
Fine +21 km/h €400 €200

Common speed-limit 50 100 120
License withdrawn 76 140 160
Fine +21 km/h €312 €260 €260
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 90 130 170
Jail sentenceconditionally 100 140 180
Fine +21 km/h(4 €90 €90 €90

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License withdrawn 80 140 171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

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License withdrawn 80 120 160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

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License withdrawn(1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

Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 90 130 170
Fine +21 km/h €143 €143 €143
Common speed-limit 20 50 90
License withdrawn 71 91 141
Fine +21 km/h €71 €101 €141
Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 100 140 180
Fine +21 km/h €28-86 €28-86 €28-86

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License withdrawn 79 141 202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

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License withdrawn 100 130 170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

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License withdrawn 76 116 151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

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License withdrawn 100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

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License withdrawn 90 160 180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

Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 111 151 191
Fine +21 km/h €80 €40 €40

Common speed-limit 50 90 130
License withdrawn 100 140 190
Fine +21 km/h(2 €250 €80 €80

Common speed-limit 50 80 120
License withdrawn 91 141 181
Jail sentenceor heavy fine 111 161 201
Fine +21 km/h(3 €150 €50 €50

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License withdrawn 80 120 140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

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

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) 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
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
click any chart to enlarge
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.


  1. Potocki
    09.10.2017 @ 13:10

    Jordan.* I know that Jordan is in Asia, not Europe, but just in case somebody was interested.]
    In Jordan you have roads in a worse condition than in Europe, but still you can drive them. Some are nice and even, some feature rough surfaces.The good news is that, there is very few speed cameras. The is A LOT OF POLICE standing on the shoulder of the road or some special post along the road,but most of the time THEY ARE NOT ABOUT SPEED. They’re more interested in terrorist stuff and general safety. Es in many places outside Europe a ‘highway’ does not necessarily mean dual carriageway with no crossings. Dual – yes, crossings maybe, so may be speedbumps, roundabouts etc. The problem is often the quality of asphalt. On Desert Highway, most of the time is more than rough in many parts. My average speed on the highway was slightly above 100 kmh. People drive in a very relaxed manner. They generaly do not use turn signals. Just slowly move to the other lane. I don’t know what are the fines for speeding unfortunately.
    Speed safely and don’t get caught!


  2. Czech citizen
    19.09.2017 @ 02:33

    The Czech republic is relatively free country by money fines but generally strict by drive forbiddens. In Czech republic was introduced point system. Every driver start with zero and if collect 12 points then lose license for 1 year – no chance give them back after half. The point system also apllies for foreigners. If you don’t some point violation for 1 year after last point violation administrative officer delete 4 points from your account. Driver can also attend a certificated slide school at certificated location and delete 3 points each calendar year – it costs about 4.000 CZK (154 EUR) but driver mustn’t more than 10 points on account and on the training day no one for 6 and more points.

    Standard speed limits are 50 km/h in villages/cities (by IP 12 a and IS 12b signs –, 90 km/h outside urban areas, 110 km/h on speed roads ( and 130 on motorways ( – speed may be reduced for unlimited km/h but increase to maximal 30 km/h above standard limit and only in towns. Other special speed limits are 80 km/h on speed roads and motorways in urban areas, 20 km/h in residental and pedestrian zone, 50 km/h 50 m before train crossroad – with white flashing and 30 km/h 50 m before without this (warn sings are plant 240, 160, 80 meters before rail track), 50 km/h if you use snow chains,.

    Radar detectors are legal but laser jammers cause 5.000 – 10.000 CZK, no points, drive ban – many rich peoples have it, but policemans may measure speed by pasiv machines like PolCam 2006, Travimo Gesig, Minispeed 2000 (only compare speed with suspicious driver and start 100 m – 9999 m sectional measurement).

    Measure cars are almost always hidden – Škoda Octavia III 2.0 TSI 4×4 80 vehicles – active radar, Škoda Superb II facelift 18 vehicles – pasiv and 3 radars, Volkswagen Passat B6 R36 16 vehicles – pasiv – but most are K.O., Volkswagen Passat B7 20 vehicles – active radar, and others mostly Škoda Fabia I, Škoda Octavia I, II, II facelift – active radars, 3x Ford Mondeo ST 220 – pasive – thats all. And always have dark rear windows, obviously long antenne – only shorter have new Octavia III. With police car measure with laser on 3 legs stativ and from car with new LaserCam 4 and sometimes TruCam.

    Stationary speed measure is new “cancer” who comes with new amendment to law. It added new practise of the administrative officer process and courts that user/owner of car is responsible for all offenses that someone do with his/her car unless the driver allow that drove concrete person. It could apply on speed, drive on redlight by automatic technical device used without operator and if policeman catch forbidden parking but doesn’t catch driver.

    Most segmental measurements are well-visible using calibration lines on the road and cameras above the road. A warning is also common, but it isn’t require by law. Sometimes it is also measured from radar in roadside boxes or induction loops in the road.

    Warnings on stationary measurnments in navigation are allowed.

    Threre are four categories of road penalties for speeding:

    Firstly is 0-5 km/h above in urban areas and 0-10 km/h outside urban areas => to 1.000 CZK/37 EUR on the spot (generally 500 CZK/18,5 EUR – it depends on what policeman you encounter + his mood, in ideal by law it is may on conditions – traffic, weather, pedestrians, cyclist…) or 1.500-2.500 CZK/58-96 EUR in case of disagree in administrative officer process no drivers ban, points, jail etc…
    Second is 6-19 km/h above in urban areas and 11-29 km/h outside urban areas => the same money fine but +2 points.
    Third is 20-39 km/h above in urban areas and 30-49 km/h outside urban areas => to 2.500 CZK/96 EUR + 3 points (generally 1.000 CZK/37 EUR – it depends on what policeman you encounter + his mood and your behavior, in ideal by law it is may on conditions – traffic, weather, pedestrians, cyclist…) or 2.500-5.000 CZK/96-192 EUR in case of disagree in administrative officer process also 3 points and 1-6 months driver ban warning if you do the same thing in to 1 years after firstly (chance to give them back after half).
    Fourth is 40+ km/h above in urban areas and 50+ km/h outside urban areas => it could be solve only in administrative officer process for 5.000 – 10.000 CZK/192-384 EUR, 6-12 months driver ban + 5 points (chance give them back after half).

    Policemans apply standard tolerance – 3 km/h for speed up to 100 km/h and – 3 % of 101 km/h and above.

    You have two chances – pay smaller penalty on the spot or higher penalty and 1.000CZK for administrative officer process. If you don’t agree with offense, you may (aspecially for foreigners) have to cash bail 3.500 – 50.000CZK/135 – 1923 EUR but it could be if maximal tax for traffic violation is 5.000 CZK/192 EUR and more + amount of the deposit mustn’t exceed of maximum amount of the fine that can be imposed for the offense.

    Police officers sometimes try to keep the driver up and even if he don’t, he raises the fact that he was driving too fast and whether he is willing to pay the fine without any proof. I would like to see the photo, or transfer the case to administrative proceedings.

    Overtaking forbidden => same restrictions as 40+ and 50+ over speed limits but 7 points.
    Drive on redlight => same restrictions as 20-39 and 30-49 over speed limits but 5 points.
    If you don’t use safety belt => to 2.000 CZK/74 EUR on the spot (generally 100-500 CZK/4-18,5 EUR it depends on what policeman you encounter + his mood, in ideal by law it is may on conditions – traffic, weather, pedestrians, cyclist…) or 1.500-2.500 CZK/58-96 EUR in case of disagree in administrative officer process + 3 points.
    Drivers have to lights on whole year 24/7 – simply always => if not => to 2.000 CZK/74 EUR on the spot (generally 100-500 CZK/4-18,5 EUR – it depends on what policeman you encounter + his mood, in ideal by law it is may on conditions – traffic, weather, pedestrians, cyclist…) or 1.500-2.500 CZK/58-96 EUR in case of disagree in administrative officer process no drivers ban, points, jail etc…
    You can’t hold mobil phone or other speech and recording equipment. => same as no lights, but with 2 points.

    Summer tires has to 1,6mm tire tread pattern and winter tires 4 mm. Winter tires are require from 1.11. to 31.3. if possible ice/snow on the road or there is.

    0 promile alcohol tolerance. But if you don’t agree with drink alcohol, you give probably no sanction up to 0,24 promile and from measurment minus 0,24 (for example 0,26-0,24=0,02 proof alcohol in blood) by breath analyzer and 0,2 by blood.
    0-0,3 proof promile => 2.500-20.000 CZK (96 EUR – 770 EUR) + 6-12 months drive ban (change give them back after half)
    0,31-0,99 proof primile => same fine and restriction + 7 points
    1 proof promile => 1-10 years drive ban, to 1 year in jail (6 monts – 3 years if traffic accident) and 7 points – but mostly financial penalty, conditional jail delay up to 5 years).

    Actual exchange rate for about 26-27 CZK for 1 EUR.

    Source for control:

    Kickdown gas pedal to floor, keep smile and I am apologize for my bad english. 😉


    • Czech citizen
      19.09.2017 @ 02:43

      That’s speed tolerance means how much policeman have to reduce from measure speed. But generally state police mostly reduce 13-25 km/h – more in outside urban areas. The city police measure much less but with smaller tolerance.


      • Czech citizen
        19.09.2017 @ 02:46

        Means if you drive to 105 km/h on 90 km/h, you probably haven’t to stop by police.


      • Potocki
        21.09.2017 @ 22:06

        To je dobre! Thank you for a very detailed decsripion. So, I understand that going 24-29 kmh over the limit on highways and 14-19 kmn in cities should be relatively safe, right? What speed would you say is ok in terms of relatively low risk of being caught and low penalty if got caught?


        • Potocki
          21.09.2017 @ 22:09

          How would you describe, is there ‘a lot’ of speed control in Czech Republic or not? In Slovakia eg. they have a lot, happens to have 6 speed gun patrols in 50 km. In Poland eg. it’s much less. Usually 1-2 in 100-200 km.


          • Czech citizen
            22.09.2017 @ 14:20

            I answer both of your replies.

            1) I recommend for sure +13 tacho (about +9 to +11 real) and drive with smile and relax in urban areas. Outside urban areas i don’t say for sure but sometimes is +15 km/h tolerance, sometimes is +25 km/h – it depends on weather, traffic intensity, pedestrians and cyclist, but i say most on policeman, his mood and his/her chief – hard to say but +20 tacho may be safe everytime outside urban areas. But hard to say, some patrol don’t stop you for 160 tacho on speed, some patrols yes.

            Especially I always transfer my violation to administrative process (they always make mistakes – if the appeal is written well and in the range of 10-20 pages, you probably always win – i had 6 wins at past), don’t agree with fine on the spot and drive free, relax, safety (look up on situation, no on tachometer) on high speeds. But it requires a lot of skills in practice of the courts and their conclusions and well speak czech. In case of lose you pay more + 1.000 CZK/37EUR process fee and you have one chance appeal with suspensive (in proceedings a regional fines administrative office) but if you too lose you may turn to court – costs 3.000 CZK court fee without lawyer – standardly no suspensive, but on demand mostly yes, last chance is cassation complaint to Supreme Administrative Court – 5.000 CZK court fee and you have to lawyer about for 20.000 CZK. You also risk a cash bail 135 – 1923 EUR as i wrote, especially if you foreigner and you will probably be unavailable for offense office.

            Second chance is radar detector – absolutely legal and laser jammer – only for 5.000-10.000 CZK – no chance to drive ban and jail – only fine and be aware of hidden pasiv policeman cars – I wrote types in first post. Since the change of the law, when this amount of fines is set, I don’t know about a single case when the police tried to punish (it is time consuming, it is necessary to make an expert opinion, etc.). In the past, when a fine of up to CZK 100,000, I know 2 cases from of the whole Czech republic, when a fine of 15,000 and 50,000 CZK was imposed – but only in Pardubice.

            2) Absolutely no. That’s good on Czech republic. There is a one of the strictest point system on the world (and 6-12 months drive ban for 40+ and 50+ speeding, forbidden overtaking) but very low police controls frequency aspecially those who measure speed. Relatively often stop by regular coloured police car and submit you breathe test for alcohol (sometimes in sort of peoples submit too on spit drug test), they also require a driving license, a technical card, insurance card, ID card, sometimes they want to see mandatory equipment, but I do not expect this in the case of a foreigner.

            In the end – usually happens that no speed control on 300km trip in CZ, but you meet some standard coloured traffic patrols. But you probably meet stationary enforcement – segmental speed measure, redlight detection cameras, radar roadside boxes, induction loops in the road.


    • TerjeEnge
      21.09.2017 @ 18:06

      Thank You!
      The Czech Republic is now on my list 🙂


      • Czech citizen
        22.09.2017 @ 14:27

        Thank you very much. Will be some detailed site about Czech republic like a other important countries like Switzerland, Norway, Spain, Finland…?


        • TerjeEnge
          03.10.2017 @ 17:21

          It will come, just be patient for some weeks. I have lots of webs to maintain 🙂


        • TerjeEnge
          09.10.2017 @ 17:34

          Thank you for your immense help! The Czech Republic is now up. It would be nice if you could have look correct any mistakes .)


      • Potocki
        22.09.2017 @ 23:02

        Skvělé! Díky moc! Great! Thanks. Terje I think it is time to have a separate page for Czech Republic. With such a forum member as our Dear Czech Citizen we have more then enough information :-).


        • TerjeEnge
          03.10.2017 @ 17:27

          It will come soon, together with Slovakia 🙂
          I also have enough info on Lithuania and Latvia to publish separate pages.
          Does anyone know anything on Estonia? It would be nice to complete the Baltic states in one step …


        • TerjeEnge
          09.10.2017 @ 17:35

          The Czech Republic is now up .))


  3. Slovak citizen
    18.08.2017 @ 11:35

    In slovakia the rules are as follow:
    In town:
    1-6 km/h: warning
    7-10 km/h: 20€
    11-15km/h: 40 €
    16-19km/h: 50 ۬
    20-25km/h: 80 €
    26-30km/h: 140 €
    30-35km/h: 200 €
    36-40km/h: 280 €
    41-45km/h: 360 €
    46-50km/h: 440 €
    51-55km/h: 540 €
    56-60km/h: 650 €
    61+km/h: court

    Outside town:
    1-6km/h: warning
    7-15 km/h: 20 €
    16-25 km/h: 40 €
    26-29 km/h: 50 €
    30-35 km/h: 100 €
    36-40 km/h: 200 €
    41-45 km/h: 300 €
    46-50 km/h: 400 €
    51-55 km/h: 500 €
    56-60 km/h: 650 €
    61+ km/h: court

    Alcohol Tolerance is 0.00%, though the police is CAN (doesnt have to) to tolerate up to 0.03%.
    Phone operations without a hands-free set is 50€.
    Overtaking where it’s not allowed: 100€, if you endanger someone 150€, if you cause an accident : Court.
    Red Light offense: 150€


    • TerjeEnge
      18.08.2017 @ 13:46

      Thanks to you, data on Slovakia will be up soon!


      • Slovak citizen
        19.08.2017 @ 21:54

        I forgot to mention this, but we have no point system, however, the police can take away your licence after 3 offenses exceeding 60€ within 12 months period.

        P.S.: Want me to give you info on Czech Republic too?


        • TerjeEnge
          09.10.2017 @ 17:37

          The Czech Republic is now up. Slovakia is next on my list 🙂
          Do you have any info/links on the fines and license withdrawals?


  4. Esben
    02.07.2017 @ 08:58

    I see that you are missing Latvia. I happen to live there, so here’s the “real deal” for Latvia:

    In short:
    Urban Areas:
    60 km/h – €320-480,- Licence may be suspended for 6 months

    Outside Urban Areas:
    Basically half the fines as for Urban Areas. Licence may be suspended for 2-3 months with speeding over 60km/h.

    Vehicles over 3,5 tonnes generally gets fined twice as lighter vehicles.

    There is a point system where you lose your licence after 8 points (3 months). Points are valid for 2 years or 5 years if you have been convicted of drug driving.


    • Esben
      02.07.2017 @ 09:05

      What happened to the below 60km/h??

      Anyway (Urban Areas)
      <10km/h – Warning
      11-20 – €40,- (Or warning)
      21-30 – €80,-
      31-40 – €160,-
      41-50 – €240-280,-
      51-60 – 240-320,-


    • TerjeEnge
      09.07.2017 @ 13:42

      Thank You, Esben!


  5. Jen
    26.05.2017 @ 15:03

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


    • TerjeEnge
      26.06.2017 @ 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 🙂


      • Potocki
        28.06.2017 @ 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.


        • TerjeEnge
          03.10.2017 @ 17:37

          Thank you, Potocki! I have several webs to attend to so I may be a little on and off …


  6. Dam
    25.05.2017 @ 12:17

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


    • TerjeEnge
      26.06.2017 @ 22:31

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


  7. mukki
    25.05.2017 @ 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

    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)


    • TerjeEnge
      03.06.2017 @ 00:49

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


  8. Potocki
    08.05.2017 @ 12:13


  9. Potocki
    02.05.2017 @ 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


  10. Potocki
    02.05.2017 @ 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

    which seems to be true.
    Speed safely and don’t get caught.


  11. Ion
    10.11.2016 @ 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…


  12. Haz
    06.10.2016 @ 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.



  13. Grega
    14.09.2016 @ 21:13


    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 ->
    Drive 61+ km/h in this zone and your licence is withdrawn!

    10 km/h zone (pedestrian area/calm traffic) has this sign ->
    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 ->
    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:
    Not having winter equippment in winter time / conditions = 40 EUR

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


    • TerjeEnge
      21.10.2016 @ 17:02

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


    • Stickandrudderman
      23.10.2016 @ 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.


  14. dave haydock
    31.07.2016 @ 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…


  15. Ranel
    31.07.2016 @ 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


    • TerjeEnge
      29.12.2016 @ 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.


    • Andrius
      01.07.2017 @ 09:34

      According to this site, automatic speed detectors fine you 3eur per km in Estonia:

      I just got a fine 9 eur for 53 km/h (50km/h allowed)


  16. Ino
    13.07.2016 @ 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).


  17. SeetPl
    04.06.2016 @ 11:57

    An attention-grabbing discussion is worth comment. I think that you must write extra on this matter, it won’t be a taboo subject however usually persons are not enough to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers


  18. R1200GSAPilot
    19.04.2016 @ 10:41

    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.


    • TerjeEnge
      08.05.2016 @ 23:18

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


  19. Martin Fairbairn
    12.03.2016 @ 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.


  20. from Lithuania
    26.01.2016 @ 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)
    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.
    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


    • TerjeEnge
      23.02.2016 @ 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?


  21. GvG
    21.01.2016 @ 22:28

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

    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: (the official site of the Crown Prosecution)


    • TerjeEnge
      23.02.2016 @ 00:23

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


  22. Dmitry K.
    14.10.2015 @ 12:30

    For Lithuania
    (half of minimum fine is given when it’s a first violation during a year period)
    <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


  23. Stefan Smith
    08.10.2015 @ 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).


  24. Gustavo
    27.09.2015 @ 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


  25. Giuseppe
    18.09.2015 @ 11:45

    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!



  26. Polish man
    20.05.2015 @ 01:30

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


    • TerjeEnge
      18.06.2015 @ 23:17

      No highways in Finland? I think you are wrong …


      • Finnish citizen
        18.07.2016 @ 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.


  27. Peter
    23.04.2015 @ 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?


    • TerjeEnge
      18.06.2015 @ 22:48

      Thank You, Peter. Sorry I’m late with this response, this is my mail:
      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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