Poland

Last update 9.3.2017 | First published 24.5.2004

Polish traffic rules are mild and easy to understand. But take care, traffic police is everywhere and controls are massive.

 


To foreigners the Polish reactions to traffic offences seem mild. The fines are low and can even be negotiated on the spot. You can not automatically lose your license and the speeding fine system specifies the same fine for the same violation in all zones.

The important numbers :
Limit – km/h 50(1 90 100 120 140
Fine +21 km/h(2 €48 €48 €48 €48 €48
Fine +41 km/h(2 €96 €96 €96 €96 €96
LICENSE(3 100
1) 60 km/h during night from 23.00 to 05.00
2) Maximum fine.
3) You will get your license withdrawn in Poland but only in a built-up area with 50 kph plus. There is, however, a points system, with more than 24 points within 12 months you will lose your license. You can be given points for various offences at the same time. The maximum number of points for speeding is 10 points.
You will now lose your driving license automatically because of speeding in Poland.
In May, 2014 the Polish Ministry of Interior  introduced an immediate loss of the driving license for speeding. But only for exceeding the speed limit by 50 kph in a built-up area – and only for 3 months.

Foreigners will have to pay on the spot, Poles get a credit of 7 days.

For the complete list on Polish fines, check Taryfikator Mandatów i punktów karnych (Polish only).
NATO have good stuff on Polish traffic rules. Very good, very trustworthy.
For good advice, visit Driving in Poland.

Poland in detail :
violation fine(zloty)(1 fine(1 points
+ 1-10 km/h 50 €12 1
+ 11-20 km/h 100 €24 2
+ 21-30 km/h 200 €48 4
+ 31-40 km/h 300 €72 6
+ 41-50 km/h 400 €96 8
+ 51 km/h(2 500 €120 10
1) This is max fine
2) This fine is for the excessive speed only. If you get caught the Police can charge you with reckless driving. The fine will then increase, you may even get arrested.Source: Driving in Poland
Fines and reactions may change without any warnings.
Values in Euro are approximate.
About Polish police
The words below are all extracts of earlier comments to this web. The information may be outdated, things may have changed.
2004: Foreigners have to pay fines on the spot in Polish currency, although I have paid in other currencies. There are ever-changing tables specifying speeding fines. However, it is mostly down to your negotiating skills. For example, for 125 kph in a 70 kph zone, expect to start at around PLN 500 (about USD 125) and some guff about informing your Embassy. You should end up with paying PLN 100-200 and no further action.
There are no speed cameras. Enforcement is by hand-held radar. Almost invariably they lurk just inside built-up areas, often over a hill or round a corner, or at cross-roads with a 70 kph restriction. On a 300 km trip expect to go through at least three checks, up to about ten. On public holidays there are many more. Out of built-up areas and where there is no restriction, don’t worry.
2005: They’ve started using speed cameras and the number of cameras is increasing rapidly. They are installed no only in built up areas, but also on major intersections where the speed limit is posted lower than outside them.
2008: Since they started using mobile cameras, pictures are now taken both front and back..
2010: Negotiating with police is getting more and more difficult – especially if you meet a road police (“R” sign on the car door). They will give you a fine. But it depends. Few times they… let me go. Good advice: don’t try to fool out of them, telling you did nothing. If you admit your mistake, you would be in better position. You can try to ask, to get a ticket for different violation you did (for eg. no lights). Sometimes it works.”Since they started using mobile cameras, pictures are now taken both front and back..” – don’t worry. They won’t send any picture abroad. I can tell you more – none is interested in pictures with foreign machines (few times police said that oficially)
2011: The amount of unmarked police cars (mainly Vectra C, Passat, Megane, Octavia, Superb) with cameras is growing rapidly. You can find them on many roads. They are fast. If you are caught, don’t expect negotiations – whole duty is filmed, so guys can do nothing more than give you a ticket. Good news – police isn’t very interested in highways (no speed cameras there, small chance for meeting with a unmarked police car) so (on your own responsibility) you can go as fast as you want. 160-200 km/h is not an unusual speed. But be careful!!! Some people are not looking into mirrors!
Other points:

  • You have to carry all your documents with you: driving licence, international driving licence, passport, vehicle registration document and third party insurance. There is a fine of PLN 50 per document (but no more than 250 PLN in total) if any of these are missing but also a likely delay of up to an hour while they check everything and write it all down.
  • Bikes have to have lights on all year round.
  • Dark visors are legal and loud pipes are tolerated (although they annoy everyone IMO).
  • There is still priority to the right. In general this is over-ruled by the standard diamond sign but watch out for junctions in town away from the main roads and some roundabouts.
  • The standard of the roads is generally very poor, with worn-out, shiny asphalt and deep ruts from the trucks on the main routes. Bear this in mind before you attempt peg-scraping antics. You can often have far more fun finding a route using the “yellow” roads.
  • Polish drivers tend to be fast but lacking in skill. Many have minimal experience and it is still very common to pay a bribe for a driving licence.

56 Comments

  1. Potocki
    22.09.2017 @ 00:04

    TALKING WITH THE POLICE and….. CORRUPTION.
    If you got stopped TALK TO THE POLICEMEN. They are humans. If you behave like a machine, they will treat you like a machine. If you talk to them, they may treat you like a human being. It always makes sense to be kind, pleasant, relaxed and have some sense of humor. Ofcourse never laught at them or be proud of what you’ve just done, but showing some distance to the situation may help. If you behave agressively, they will behave agressively. If you show that you scared, terrified or you feel as you just killed somebody, they may use it against you. Stay calm.
    If you got stopped and you know you have done something illegal, and you know that they know you did it, and you know they can prove it – it doesn’t make sens to deny. Instead it’s better to apply distnace, a little of regret, and a little of sense of humor.
    Theoreticaly nearly anytime they stop you, they CAN INSTEAD OF GIVING YOU A FINE, GIVE YOU A WARNING. That’s what the law says. The police chiefs usually instruct their subbordinates to use a warning only towards very minor ofenses (eg. speeding <5km), but it often happens that if you do the talk well, you may get a warning for something more serious. I once got a warning for talking over a cell phone while driving – normally 200 PLN +5 penalty points. Even if he wasn't following his commander's instructions, it WAS PERFECLY LEGAL. If we were recorded and shown to his boss or the prosecutor, he/she couldn't apply any sanctions against the policeman. So that is quite safe way for both you and the policemen. Generally it doesn't make sens to deny the offence itself. Instead it's better to apply distnace, a little of regret, and a little of sense of humor. Admitting that 'well I shouldn't do this or that, but well I did…, I am sorry… what can I say, I'll not tell you it wasn't me… etc.' Appreciating their 'hard work' often helps.

    If you got stopped and you know you either haven't done anything illegal, or you know that they cannot prove it – be firm , say that you didn't do it, ask for a video from a speed camera etc. ZERO AGRESSION, 100% OF RESPECT, but 100% of being FIRM, CONCRETE and SELF CONFIDENT. Unfortunately it often happens that policemen know that you were speeding, but failed to measure your speed, so they fired their laser gun into… another driver they failed to stop. Or saying that you were running the redlight while you were going an orange….

    Corruptionis a tricky issue, so let's start from from the disclosure. 'I AM NOT ENCOURAGING ANYBODY TO BE INVOLVED IN ANY CORRUPTION ACTIVITY. IT IS A CRIME ACC. TO POLISH LAW'. Corruption was very popular on Polish roads 15 years ago, and 25-30 years ago CORRUPTION WAS 'THE LAW'. You may have heard storries about Polish policemen asking straight to give them a 100 PLN bribe and they would let you go regardless of the traffic offense you commited. THESE TIMES ARE LONG GONE! There is much, much less corruption. Policemen are mostly affraid to take anything as both their Internal Affairs Bureau (a Police Dept.) and Anti Corruption Bureau (separate agency) are actively fighting this issue. I doesn't mean that any policeman in any situation will not want to earn extra money, but it is an exception rather than the rule. Few pieces of advice.
    1. I doubt whether it makes much sense to try to bribe a policemen being a foreigner. The penalties in Poland are low. What is the biggest problem for us, Poles are the points. These however don't have much to do with foreigners. Potentialy the 3m driving ban can be the biggest problem for someone with a foreign passport. If somebody bribes someone, he/she still needs to paymoney.
    2. Corruption is a crime according to Polish law. You can, theoreticaly get as much as 10 years in prison (so can the policeman). Practicaly people get their sentance suspended and policemen get fired from service additionaly.
    3. Begining any discussion about it with policemen doesn't make any sense if there are 2 of them talking to you, or you sit in a police car. Police cars happen to be tapped and sometimes even the policemen may not know it.
    4. If you for any reason do the talk, better to talk to one of them.
    5. The thing is that Polish traffic code specifies the fines for the offences in brackets eg. from 100-200 PLN. It's normal to bargain with the policemen to get lower penalty (what they often do). You may also do it, saying that X PLN zloty is a lot, 'could you please give me a smaller fine' maybe an idea. As a foreigner you may not know what the brackets are, so doing this way you're giving way to the policeman. If he says, 'sorry I cannot give you less then Y PLN, this is the law' you know that that's where you gonna end up with. I he tells you something different, then you also know…
    6. Whatever you say or intended to do, you should never admit straight that you ment something wrong or illegal. Corruption? Absolutely no! Me? Never.
    Speed safely and do not get caught!

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  2. Potocki
    20.09.2017 @ 15:16

    SYSTEMS WARNING AGAINST POLCE. It is quite useful in Poland to use special systems by which the drivers warn others about speedcameras and police patrols. To clarify things from the begining. Using, or ‘carrying inside the car, ready to use’ radar jammers or radar detectors is ILLEGAL. (you can however own them or transport inside the trunk if you are eg. a citizen of a country where those are legal). Using a CB radio, or systems enabling drivers to communicate and warn against police is PERFECTLY LEGAL. There is a few popular systems: Yanosik.pl, Coyote.pl, Rysiekwidzimisie.pl, Autoradar.pl and probably some more. The most popular is probably Yanosik, which I am using and which is used by around 100.000 drivers. Those systems operate in a form of an App you can download on your smartphone, or as a stand alone device you plug into the liter. These systems operate like CB radio, but use keys isted of direct communications. If someone notices a police car (marked or unmarked), speedcamera or an accident, car stopped on the shoulder etc. he/she presses a key on a device or smartphone. The signal goes to the server and is being sent to every user that comes close to this place. Then as you drive you hear the warning: “Kontrola predkosci” (speed check), “Nieoznakowani w okolicy” (unmarked police car in the vicinity) superseded by the brand of the car, “Wypadek” (accident), “Zatrzymany pojazd” (stoped vehicle) and a distance in meters. As you approach the place you may confirm it (which gives it more priority) or deny it (which makes it dissapear to other users). You may also do nothing, but if you receive help, why not give one. Ofcourse it happens that you are the first user that approaches the situation so there is no guarantee, but most of the time you will be warned before you come close. I am not sure whether there are English versions of these. As for me, a very useful tool not to get caught and if you often come to Poland I definitely recommend you one.
    Speed safely and don’t get caught!

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  3. Mindaugas
    18.08.2017 @ 10:25

    Hello, when I was driving in poland (80 km/h zone) I was going about 110-120 km/h (I hit the brakes to 100 km/h when i saw them), and I saw police car and they were shooting speed, I was not pulled over, however it concerns me, will i get a fine few weaks later ? Thank you.

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    • Mindaugas
      18.08.2017 @ 18:29

      Also there was a three lane traffic

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    • Potocki
      22.08.2017 @ 00:10

      NO WAY Mindaugas! If they didn’t stop you you will never get any fine nor letter. The police HAS TO STOP YOU to see who was the driver and to give you a ticket. If they don’t, there is no ticket (unless you were escaping and they were chasing you, which is now a crime). Don’t worry and speed safely, and don’t get caught!

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  4. Potocki
    11.08.2017 @ 14:07

    General Inspection o Road Transport announces purchasing 600 new speed cameras. 🙁 So far speed cameras do not pose such a serious threat to drivers as Police inspections with laser guns or unmarked police cars, because as you know if you fail to reveal the identity of the driver nobody is going to face severe penalty for speeding (just a minor fine for not revealing the driver), but it isn’t a good news. The good thing is that they all have to be placed in yellow painted boxes that are clearly marked and proceeded by a blue “Fotoradar” sign. These places will definitely be marked on road maps so you know where to slow down.
    Speed safely and don’t get caught.
    P

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  5. Potocki
    10.08.2017 @ 13:04

    Attention, new cars for the Polish Police. The Police just bought 140 BMW 330i xDrive to serve as unmarked cars for highway patrol. They will be replacing VW Passats and Skoda Superb from Dec 2017 on, but probably it wil take some time. They can get to 250 kmh but as they have only 250+HP it may take them some time ;-).
    Speed safely and don’t get caught!

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  6. Fletch
    17.06.2017 @ 17:49

    This comment from Macias is totally disgusting and offensive. I fully support Potocki and the information he has taken the trouble to inform us of here. I also respect him for his response to this outreageous personal attack. There should be no tolerance of such personal abuse here and I am rather surprised it went through moderation. Terje?

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    • Fletch
      20.06.2017 @ 22:39

      I have made a comment supporting Potocki here against the outrageous attack from this Macias character. However I note that other comments dated more recently than mine have now appeared on the site. Potocki is doing great work helping people and deserves our thanks, respect and support.
      So I find it strange and disappointing that the disgusting and offensive personal attack on Potocki was allowed yet my comment supporting him has been delayed or withheld.

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      • Potocki
        25.06.2017 @ 17:08

        Thanks Fletch for support. I could answer this guy with some insults (which he deserved) but then we would end up having a discussion on his level, which definitely doesn’t fit this forum. I guess the moderation should come in here.

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        • Fletch
          10.08.2017 @ 17:18

          No problem mate. I’ve only just seen your comment now. Keep up the good work! 🙂

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  7. Ruchit Kapadia
    15.06.2017 @ 08:07

    Hi Potocki,

    I live in India and have been informed by car rental company ‘Hertz’ about a speeding incident during my trip to Poland in early February (83km/hr in a 50km/hr zone).
    In the month of March, I was told by Hertz that they have provided my details to the authorities and I should expect a direct post from them regarding payment of fine.
    It’s now June and I still have not received any communication.
    Car rental company is not helping.
    I got in touch with authority (glowny inspektorat transportu drogowego) via email since I do not want trouble during my next visit. They have sent me a form (totally in Polish) asking for my statement and acceptance options (fine 200zl and 6 points to my license seems to be the best option).
    So I sent them a scan copy of the signed form by email (I had to translate it on google, word to word). I do not have any Polish address for correspondence. Now I’m not getting any reply from the authority over email so I do not know whether to post them the form or not.
    And WHERE DO I PAY THE FINE?? I can’t find any information regarding procedure. Can somebody please help? (I travel to Italy and Greece in July, I’ll be renting a car in both countries).
    Thanks,
    Ruchit

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    • Potocki
      20.06.2017 @ 00:45

      Hi Ruchit,
      First and foremost: you shouldn’t have answered the letter. There are discussions whether it is even legal to send them… Remember, unless it is PROVEN that YOU WERE DRIVING THE CAR they CANNOT punish you for speeding. Ok, you answered. Which part of the form did you fill? It is usually in the form of a quiz, where filling one part means you confess (probably A), the other that you do not cofess (probably B) but point the person who was driving and the last one that you do not confess and will not tell who was driving and accept the 200-300PLN penalty for not pointing the driver (I think C). Which one did you fill? Generaly 1) DO NOT WORRY, 2) DONOT BE PROACTIVE (we even have a saying that ‘officiousness may be even worse than fascism’ 😉 ). 3) Whatever you wrote them if they do not tell you how to pay, do not pay! Let them do their job. Penalty points are bullshit for you because as far as I know you need to have a Polish PESEL (ident. number) to have points. If you do not have it they can send them to the moon (and back 😉 ). 4) I am not aware of any system or mechanism that lets the Border Guard know about unpaid traffic fees (and I think they have more serious things to do and do a good job most of their time). Even if somehow somebody at the border would know that you are to pay something, even if he/she new how much, even if you were required to pay at the border, you would pay 200 PLN (maybe a bit more eg. 30 PLN ‘execution costs’). There are no interest put on fines. That i the law. I often fail to pay and after a year or so have to pay 30 PLN more.. And remeber the time for the Police or GTD to investigate the traffic offence is one year and to collect the fine is three years. If they don’t do it than you don’t have the obligation to pay anything. Forget about having it colect in ANY OTHER EU COUNTRIES. The system works (although with loopholes big like Taj Mahal 😉 ) against EU drivers committing an offence in othe EU jurisdiction. It doesn’t work for you.

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  8. antira
    12.06.2017 @ 13:23

    Hi, all

    Just a few days back I was driving through Poland and got stopped by Police for speeding. I didn`t have enough cash with me, so they asked for my home address and wrote me speeding ticket (Mandat Karny).
    There is a row of numbers in it, but unfortunately it seems that it is not the bank account.
    The police officer told me – I should pay it within 7 days.
    I would actually love to pay it, but I don`t really understand why. With money transfer it is not really working cause there are 2 numbers too many.
    Does anyone know how can I pay it? And what happens if I don`t pay it? (After all they have my home address).

    Many thanks in advance,

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    • Potocki
      20.06.2017 @ 00:47

      Hi Antira, where do you live? EU or outside EU?

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      • Pierolo
        09.10.2017 @ 22:34

        Hi,

        I got the same. Got a fine but no idea how to pay it. Should I pay it? I’m from Belgium.

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  9. Potocki
    22.05.2017 @ 16:18

    M, in the language of cultural people there is no word to describe you after such a comment. And I will not use the words your comment deserves…
    Terje, its your site and your policy, but I do not think comments containing such language (‘fucking, cunts etc) , or being of nationalistic character (‘fucked by those foreigners’ etc.) fit this forum. So far every comment I saw here was polite and served the purpose of givng ‘those foreigners’ (as we are all foreigners in a country other than our own) a good piece of practical information how to avoid being ‘taxed for our sympathy to drive fast’. I think it would be good to remove this comment and not post similar ones. If you agree…..

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  10. Devan
    27.03.2017 @ 23:40

    Hi,

    Another hypothethical question for you… If I was driving in a hire car, they paid a fine on my behalf to a foreign government and MAY have passed my details onto the Polish police, would this be available to border police at the airport?

    Cheers

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    • Potocki
      24.04.2017 @ 11:34

      Hi, I highly doubt so. First, in Poland (and some other countries to) you are not allowed to charge someone somebody’s else fine (or even pay a fine in somebody’s name). The fine (if it’s officially a FINE, not a FEE which anybody can be subject to) is to be imposed on and paid by somebody who has been found guilty to have committed an offense (or a crime). If a car was found to be speeding 3x the limit, while driving in a wrong direction and overtaking while on a pedestrian crossing and the police failed to investigate who was driving the car the owner cannot be fined. Probably in such case they would call the owner to the police, than to the court and question him who was the driver of that car on that day. If he says ‘I’ll not tell you’ he will be a subject of a fine, but FOR NOT REVEALING THE DRIVER’S IDENTITY (100-500 PLN), NOT FOR THE OFFENCES THE CAR HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN. If he/she says ‘I DON’T REMEMBER’ and the police cannot produce a picture or other evidence who was actualcy driving, the CASE IS CLOSED and NO FINE IS IMPOSED. That’s why some traffic fine’s have been transformed into FEEs (eg. if you fail to pay for parking in the city the fine is technicaly a FEE paid by the owner. Otherwise nobody would pay unless caught exiting from the parked car.). Actualy it is also the case for rental and leasing comanies which impose fees eg. for getting any letter from the police and sending it to the driver. They will point you as a driver but they cannot accept or decline any FINE in your name. Even if the foreign governement can impose fine onto the owner of the car (rent-a-car company) and it did so or it was realy a fee imposed on the owner, and the rental agreement allowed, it causes a receiveble on rent-a-car companies account and a liability on your side. It is however a civil law relation (as if you borrowed some money and failed to give back). If they cannot charge your card they need to go to the court, sue you, go through all the proceedings, get the payment warrant etc….. and still it’s not the police who takes care of collecting such payments. I could imagine that the r-a-c company pointed out to the foreign gov. that you were the driver and then the foreign police (in the coutry of the offense) would send you a letter in this case, eg. calling you to reveal the driver, accept the fine etc. That’s possible. But it’s their case, not the one for Polish police. I guess you probably went on a rent-a-car company’s blacklist and will be charged for it if you rent a car with them once again.
      Speed safely and don’t get caught!

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  11. Potocki
    07.03.2017 @ 13:04

    Unmarked police cars in Poland.
    The banner on one bus I’ve seen in New Zealand said: ‘Thisi is not an unmarked police car, but any other car may be’. This is not the case in Poland. There are few things you should know and you’ll be able to differentiate cars which can be a potential threat from others.
    1. Brand. Polish police uses the cars which are popular in Poland. They mostly use: VW Passat, Skoda Superb, Fiat, Kia. A Renault may happen. Occassionaly other cars. They don’t use luxury cars like Mercedes, Audi nor sport cars like Porsche etc. Some BMW were reported but it’s an exception, not the rule. For some reason these cars are mostly sedans. If you see a fancy MercedesS, Audi8, or BMW7 it’s NOT THE POLICE.
    1a. Motorcycle. There are some undercover motorcycles in service, but it’s not so easy to undercover a motorcycle. If you see additional lights (not on) on a black motorcycle with a lot of boxes fixed up to the bike. Slow down and have a look. It can be Police. Thus, superbike, enduro, supermoto, chopper bikes are not used by police.
    2. Crew. In an unmarked police car there will be always 2 people inside (occupying front seats), unless there is a TV shown being recorded ;-). If there is one person inside – it is NOT THE POLICE CAR. Neither if there are 4 people inside.
    3. Dark back window. It’s often that police cars have dark back window, so you cannot see from the back what’s going on inside the car.
    4. Engine. Many cars have signs on their trunk saying what model/engine it is. Undercover police cars usually use the biggest petrol engines available in their cars, so it you see a ‘1,8 ltr TDI’ on a Passat it’s probably NOT THE PASSAT you want to avoid.
    5. Stickers and additional stuff. Unmarked police cars are cars owned and used by a govt agency. They don’t have a ski rack, a hook, not a sticker ‘Baby on board’ on their trunk. If you see one of these IT’S NOT THE POLICE CAR.
    6. Clean cars. For some reasons police cars rarely drive dirty. I’ve never seen a dirty unmarked police cars, so probably you will not see it either unless the weather is realy crappy. The probably wash them before starting the shift.
    7. Color. Police usually uses cars that have a dark color. Black, gray, beige, dark blue probably dominate. Haven’t see any red, yellow, pink cars hunting for the drivers.
    8. Behaviour. Remember unmarked police cars do not have a speed camera inside. All they have is a built in camera thar records your car, measure the speed OF THEIR CAR and distance to you. To measure your speed they have to either follow you or dirve in front of you with a CONSTANT SPEED, FOR A PERIOD OF TIME (a few seconds), HAVING A FIXED DISTANCE FORM YOU (allowing them to have your plates on the film). Thus, the unmarked police car would try to get directly behind you or in front of you AND STAY THERE for a few seconds. Watch your mirrors. If you passed a slow moving car and the car suddenly changes lanes to your lane and accelerates it’s either some young driver whose ambition has been toughed 😉 or it’s an officer trying to earn some money for the mayor’s office.

    Speed safely and don’t get caught!

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    • Potocki
      07.03.2017 @ 13:08

      Ah, 9. The plates. The unmarked police cars have regular plates (they are unmarked, right). The plates are usualy from the region they operate in. You do not have to be an experts on Polish license plates, but if all cars around have plates starting with eg. “W” letter (Warsaw region) and you see a car with plates starting with a totaly different letter eg. “O”, “G” etc. It’s probably not a police.

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      • TerjeEnge
        09.03.2017 @ 01:52

        Thank you, Potocky.
        This is the stuff I’d ike to see more of in these pages – I will try to include your info in the next version of Poland.

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        • Potocki
          19.03.2017 @ 17:46

          Thank you Terje,
          I forgot about one very typical unmarked police car brand. Opel Insignia Turbo. Now, it’s probably the most popular.
          Cheers!
          P

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  12. Potocki
    07.03.2017 @ 12:36

    Hi Terje,
    One correction to the numbers above. The speed limit on single lane expressways is 100 kmh, but on double lane expressways is 120 km not 110 as you mentioned.
    Cheers
    Potocki

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  13. James
    25.10.2016 @ 12:52

    I got caught for drink driving in Poland 6 months ago and have just received a letter back in the U.K. Calling for payment of 2130PLN from the court. It’s given me 30days to pay which had already expired before I received the letter. What would be there next course of action?

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    • Potocki
      07.03.2017 @ 12:33

      What were you sentenced for? A crime? >0,05 alc (‘prowadzenie pojazdu po spożyciu alkoholu’ -driving while intoxicated) or a minor offence? >0,02 alc (‘prowadzenie pojazdu w stanie wskazującym na spożycie alkoholu’ -driving under influence of alcohol or a similar agent)? I don’t know if there is a EU law or an agreement between UK and Poland regarding fines for minor offences but I am pretty sure that I we talk about a sentence for a crime of driving intoxicated there will be paperwork sent to U.K. and U.K. authorities may be forced to collect it.

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  14. Momcakg
    14.10.2016 @ 14:38

    And if speed camera take picture of car that it is not eu plates?

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    • Potocki
      07.03.2017 @ 12:27

      Then, the owner of this car may sleep well. 🙂

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  15. Potocki
    27.07.2016 @ 16:20

    Having the license suspended. As you know (from the top of the page) driving 100 kmh in the city (50 kmh speed limit) will cause your license suspended. It is unconditional (in the sense that a policeman cannot decide not to take away your license). The thing is that there is a hole in the system. If you fail to produce a valid driver’s license to the policeman as you are beeing stopped (you forgot to take it from your house), there is no legal way to force you to send/bring them the license later. In that case there will be no license suspension AT ALL. It will be like that at least until 1 Jan 2017. The problem may be if you do not have a Polish driving license. If have a Polish one, but you will not produce it to the policeman he will check you in the system (whether you are eligible to drive a given vehicle) and fine you for driving without carrying a valid document with a 50 PLN FINE ONLY. So it is the obvious solution. I am not sure however what happens if you have a foreign driving license, but fail to produce it to the policeman. He will not be able to check whether you have the proper license for your vehicle or not…

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    • Potocki
      19.03.2017 @ 17:54

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION. The parliament has corrected the loophole above. From the 1st of Jan 2017 on faillure to produce a driving licence after being stopped because of speeding over 50 kmh above the limit (eg. 100 kmh at 50 kmh limit) in the city will not prevent you from having the licence suspended for 3 months. So if you have a Polish driving licence and want to speed more than 50 above the limit, be very careful!

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  16. Zain
    14.03.2016 @ 11:19

    Hello i received letter of exceeding speed limit while driving in poland. I went there to visit my friend. I live in germany and have german driving license. my question is what if i dont pay ? will i be banned in poland and in germany also? by the way i was using my friends car which is registered in germany. so basically he got the letter.

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    • Potocki
      27.07.2016 @ 15:11

      What does it say? You probably will not be banned anywhere. If it is a speed camera they need first to prove who was driving. They cannot force you to pay the ticket unless they have a proof that you were behind the wheel. What you probably got is the letter asking you to reveal who was driving. You may not answer but better is to answer that you don’t remember or say that you borrowed your car to somebody. It is generally difficult for them to prove who was driving and they usualy give up in more complicated cases. I don’t think anybody would know that you haven’t paid after they stop you in Poland. There are different systems. They would know if you eg. earned more than 24 points or we a subject of a arrest warrant, but not because a failure to pay road fines. I live in Poland often do not pay fines and nothing happens on the road.

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  17. John
    12.11.2015 @ 11:46

    Hi,
    I recieved 400zl fine in court of Poland. Does anybody know, where should I transfer that fine??? Or should I just ignore it, unless they stop me next time and add some penalty? 🙂

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    • Darek
      18.01.2016 @ 17:50

      Have You paid already? Each court in Poland has got a webside with many informations, one of them is always the number of bank account to pay the fines. Unfortunatelly that’s in polish, but maybe You can ask someone to help translate.

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  18. Tarek
    25.08.2015 @ 14:24

    Anybody can say me if I want to check my driving license in Poland is it original of copy then how I check this any suggestions please.

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  19. Andrew
    31.07.2015 @ 22:47

    The 2004 comments and the “other points” below were written by me. They were true at the time and I suppose are of historical interest, but times have changed massively since then so don’t any longer place reliance on them.

    Those were good times, when I could try my K1200 RS on the new highway near Opole at 250kph, even passing a parked police car, without any problem, or get stopped at 180kph in a 70kph and negotiate for PLN 50 (just over £10).

    But those times are no more, as (mostly) are fortunately the ruts on corners that could ditch you in the nearby field.

    The roads are (a bit) safer. Speeding isn’t.

    Be careful, have fun.

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    • TerjeEnge
      16.08.2015 @ 11:30

      Thank You, Andrew!

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    • Eldora
      10.02.2016 @ 01:08

      Thinking like that is really imessrpive

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  20. mathew
    30.07.2015 @ 18:56

    What if i dont pay ,,mandat karny,, for speeding ? Is there an expiration date ( normaly is 1 year in CZ ) ? Or can they give me some penalty next time or will they send me home something ?

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  21. Thomas
    23.07.2015 @ 14:13

    Good web site for Polish speedcams: http://www.poipoint.eu

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  22. Potocki
    28.06.2015 @ 02:28

    No problem. I thought that my comments were simply rejected. That’s why I posted that comment. Sorry. You are doing a great job running this site. Stationary radars (always in yellow boxes, and followed by warning signs) may photograph both from the front and from the rear. The same is with mobile radars, but those usually tend to follow cars that are speeding not go in front of them. (It’s probably due to the fact that that Polish law does not allow unmarked police cars to speed or break other traffic regulations. It’s ‘grey’ zone. Normaly police will not accuse a policemen on duty for speeding, but if you prove that a police car was speeding even though it wasn’t following anybody in front of the court of justice… who knows.). However it happens that an unmarked police car would record you while driving in front of you (although it is not very often).
    Speed safely!

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  23. Potocki
    25.05.2015 @ 00:40

    I’ve posted 2 post about speeding regulations and conditions in Poland. I see they are no longer there, so I understand they didn’t go through moderation process. I was going to post a 3rd one, but I see you don’t want other people to participate and update your informations (except from saying ‘very good’). It’s said.
    Cheers
    P

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    • TerjeEnge
      19.06.2015 @ 00:20

      Sorry, Potocki. I am very sorry for my late response – and thank you for your posts.
      I started this web last winter, got no response and forgot to check and approve the comments …(
      I will get back to your info and will try to integrate with the standard text.
      One question: Does the Finnish radars photograph the vehicles from the front (as in Norway) or from the rear (as in Spain)?
      Speed safely!

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      • Jakub
        30.05.2017 @ 12:05

        In a motorway or a dual expressway they will do it by the front, but if you’re driving in a national road like the DK10, then it will be both

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  24. Ludmila
    22.05.2015 @ 23:52

    Guys, the law you mentioned have finally been introduced in Poland. Now, you can lose you licence for 3 months for exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h in a built-up area.

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  25. Karol
    18.05.2015 @ 17:40

    From May,18 2015 in Poland the driving licence will be automatically suspended by the police officer for speeding more than 50 kph over the limit (ex. 100 kph within the built-up area).
    “Bikes have to have lights on all year round.” – Cars and motorbikes have to have lights on all year round. Bikes (bicycles) have to have lights on only from dusk till dawn.

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    • TerjeEnge
      19.06.2015 @ 00:18

      Thank You.
      This was new info and it will be included. But remember that Norway will jail you for 50 kph plus …)

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      • Potocki
        28.06.2015 @ 02:35

        That’s true but personaly I believe that’s a sign of a absolute madnes. In Norway they put you in jail for driving over 150 kmh down the empty motorway, but if you take a gun and kill over a dozen of innocent people they will let you out of jail after doing a 15-25 years in that jail. Absolute nonsense! At least in my personal oppinion…
        Speed safely!

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  26. Potocki
    18.05.2015 @ 00:43

    A few words about speed cameras. According to the law speed cameras in Poland are allowed only if they are installed in yellow colored boxes or inside a police or municipal police (Straz Miejska) car and accompanied by a warning sign “Uwaga fotoradar”. Grey boxes still standing at the roads that used to house speed cameras are empty. There are more warning signs then actually the cameras, so they can be installed in different places. Polish law does not make assumptions about the person driving the car in the moment of picture being taken. After the car has been caught speeding and the picture is been taken the procedure of driver identification starts. The police identifies the owner of the car and sends him/her a letter demanding to reveal the personality of the driver. The owner is generaly legaly obliged to do so, however failure to do so is a subject to a fine which is generaly smaller than speeding itslef (and there are no penalty points for it). The easiest way the driver can do not to get points is to fail to reveal the personality of the driver and accept the fine for doing so. Those with more legal expertise may try to fail to reveal the personality of the driver and NOT accept the fine for doing so. That brigns the case to the court of law (usually, sometimes police gives up). There are some exceptions where a person is not obliged to testify against a family member. Also ‘not remembering’ who the driver was sometimes works. You need to know that courts nearly alway give a sentence against the driver in the first instance (simplified procedure). To realy get in front of the court you need to object the 1st instance sentence. Then normal trial starts. Drivers often win at the court or loose getting a fine similar to what they would get from the police but later. If you are a foreigner and do not care about penalty points it may be simpliest to confess and accept the fine for speeding. However beware of new regulations regarding driving license suspension for >50kmh over the limit in town. You will never loose you license for failing to reveal the personality of the driver even if it’s definitely you sitting inside the car!
    Speed safely!

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  27. Potocki
    18.05.2015 @ 00:24

    Today is a dark day for drivers and speeders in Poland. From today on, for the first time in history the police is obliged to take away the driving license or a driver who exceeds the allowed speed limit IN THE CITY by 50 kmh or more. The person who does that faces a suspension of his/her driving license for 3 moths. Technicaly you still can drive for 24 hours after being caught. Then you need to stop. Execution of these laws against foreign drivers is still a question. Will let you know after consulting my lawyers.
    Speed safely!

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    • Potocki
      28.06.2015 @ 03:24

      One moderately good news.. Polish judges are strongly against driving license suspension law. They filed a notion to Ombundsman asking him to apply to the Constitutional Court to proclaim the new law be against the Constitution of the Republic of Poland (what would mean aboliton of this law if so). We will see whether the Ombundsman will proceed the case and what Constitutional Court will say. It may take months or even over a year, but there is slight hope that the normality will return one day…
      Speed safely!

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      • pmdw1
        29.02.2016 @ 12:56

        Hypothetically speaking: If as a UK citizen I were to receive a letter from the Polish authorities, accusing me of doing 105/km/h in a 50km/h zone in a hire car hired in my name. What would you suggest my best course of action to be?

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        • Potocki
          27.07.2016 @ 16:35

          Rule no 1. DON’T CONFESS. The first is the the form of the letter they’ve sent you. If it is a registered letter, it maybe better to answer. If it is not (you haven’t confirmed receiving the letter anyhow) just ignore it. What language is the letter in? If it is in Polish I wouldn’t answer. As a British citizen you do not have to speak Polish (even if you actualy speak that language perfectly). If it is in English and the know that you received it, the question is what’s inside. They probably want you to confess that it was you driving, or point the driver or fail to point the driver and accept the fine for not pointing the driver. DO NOT CONFESS. You may fail to confess and accept the fine (which is 400PLN I think, which is less that a speeding ticket). That ends the case. If you want to play a bit you may point somebody, who you lend the car for a short while (but you do not know whether he/she was dirving). That person may be living……in Australia, or Vanuatu…. Than, thay would have to send the same letter there. And what if that person says that he/she lend the car to somebody leaving in … Turks and Caicos…? 😉 The time flies and they have only 1 year to accuse somebody and 2 years to fine him. Practicaly: the will give up after receiving your letter. If you fail to point out the driver but DO NOT ACCEPT the fine for not pointing or reply them stating that they eg. should have a sexual intercourse with somebody from their family/dog etc., or simply do not reply at all, they may bring the case to the court. It is not always bad to get to the court, but it can be a problem for you as you live in Britain and may not speak Polish. I sometimes choose to go to the court, where I usualy win, but I am living in Poland, speak Polish and have studied law.

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          • Potocki
            27.07.2016 @ 16:37

            And remember there is no way they can force you to give them the license and have it suspended unless you hand it to the policeman AT THE MOMENT YOU WERE STOPPED after speeding over 49 kmh over the limit in the city.

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