Last update 30.3.2017 | First published 24.5.2004

The fines are rather mild, plus note that usually the police gives a 10% tolerance to all those limits except on the roads classified as “tolerance zero” ones.



The important numbers :
Speed-limit 50 90 100 120
Fine +21 km/h €120 €200 €200 €200
Fine +41 km/h €300 €300(1 €300(1 €300(1
LICENSE 90 150 160 180
1) Exact fine unknown

If stopped by the police, it is best to admit to the offence without hesitation, if a violation has taken place. You may then, if the police sees fit, be able to get away with one of the smaller fines.Fines and reactions may change without any warnings.

Portugal in detail :
Violation Fine (Euro)
+5-20 km/h 60-300
+21-40 km/h 120-600
LICENSE – 1 month to 1 year +41-60 km/h 300-1500
LICENSE – 2 months to 2 years more than 60 km/h 500-2500
+ 5-30 km/h 60-300
+ 31-60 km/h 120-600
LICENSE – 1 month to 1 year + 61-80 km/h 300-1500
LICENSE – 2 months to 2 years more than 80 km/h 500-2500
“Crossing white lines, jumping red lights, ignoring policemen signals, all are subject to losing a licence to drive from two months up to one year. Passing another vehicle on their right side then the driver can be fined up to €1250. Drivers failing to respect for Stop signs can lead to a fine of up to €2500.”
This is unconfirmed information, please comment below.

A penalty point system was introduced in Portugal in June 2016.
All drivers are issued with 12 points by default, with between two and six points taken away every time an offence is recorded.
With 4 points left you will have to do additional road safety training. With only 2 points left you will have to retake the driving theory test.
With all points gone you will get a two-year driving ban and must retake all tests.
Drivers who avoid infractions for three years will be rewarded with three points.Generally, 2 points will be deducted from your license with any offence. For serious offences you will be deducted with more:

  • 3 points: Drunk driving with alcohol readings between 0.5g/l and 0.8g/l. Excessive speed above 20km/ in urban areas
  • 5 points: Drunk driving with alcohol readings between 0.8g/l and 0.2g/l.Driving under the influence of drugs. Excessive speed above 20km/ in urban areas.

You will find complete info on the point system here (in english)


  1. C Prescott
    01.10.2017 @ 13:24

    On the N1 towards Porto all lorry drivers ignore the speed limits and red lights (which activate when speed limit is exceeded) and travel at about 55 miles per hour. They tailend anyone observing the speed limits. They roar throught villages regardless. Why do they get away with this?


  2. Dave Spencer
    07.06.2017 @ 19:41

    After recently travelling in Portugal, whilst doing the 120km/h limit we were passed often by cars (usually BMW’s, Mercs or Audi’s doing well over 200km/h
    How do they get away with it?


    • Paulo Valente
      28.11.2017 @ 11:52

      Not that many police patrols I suppose.


  3. Sergio
    23.03.2017 @ 11:16

    There is a penalty point system in effect since June 1, 2016. More info: http://etsc.eu/portugals-penalty-points-system-launches-1-june/


    • TerjeEnge
      27.03.2017 @ 17:54

      Thank you, Sergio!
      I will follow up as soon as possible 🙂


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