Portugal

Published 2004.05.24 | Last update 2017.03.30

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 +20 km/h €300 €200 €200 €200
Fine +40 km/h €600 €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)

2 Comments

  1. Sergio
    2017.03.23 @ 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/

    Reply

    • TerjeEnge
      2017.03.27 @ 17:54

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

      Reply

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