The European Traffic Index

Last update 20.10.2017 | First published 15.1.2017

European traffic fines compared

– Common traffic fines are compared across 35 countries in Europe. It is obvious where you should show extra care and avoid any violations. Norway and Estonia come out on top while Poland and Germany are close to bottom.
The European mean value of the fines is set to 100%. This makes it easy to compare the fines in any country to another.

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percentage of European mean :
0 – 50%
51 – 100%
101 – 200%
201% – 500%

Alcohol in ‰. Fines in €. Index in % of European mean value
50% deductions are included for Slovenia and Spain. A deduction of €45 is included for France.
Pay on-the-spot or within days if you are a local. Otherwise the fine will double to 100% in Slovenia and Spain. In France the fine will be €135.

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The hamburger is index in percentage of European mean, the gray hamburger is index corrected for purchasing power.
country MEAN
VALUE
Albania 20 6 10 10 12 10% 25%
Austria 50 50 70 70 60 39% 31%
Belgium 150 110 165 165 148 96% 81%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 150 150 103 67% 240%
Bulgaria 25 25 50 33 22% 46%
Croatia 65 90 260 138 86% 148%
Czech Republic 38 74 200 38 88 57% 66%
Denmark 405 200 270 270 286 186% 146%
Estonia(2 400 200 400 800 450 293% 390%
Europe – mean value 206 87 163 189 161 100% 100%
Finland(2 312 76 140 160 172 112% 103%
France 90 90 90 90 90 59% 55%
Germany 80 40 30 90 60 39% 31%
Greece 100 100 350 350 225 146% 215%
Hungary 100 325 325 250 163% 239%
Iceland 30 90 100 73 48% 39%
Ireland 80 60 80 80 75 49% 27%
Italy 143 160 85 170 140 91% 94%
Kosovo 60 40 60 150 78 50% 168%
Latvia 160 15 55 40 68 44% 68%
Lithuania 86 30 115 115 87 56% 75%
Luxembourg 49 75 145 145 104 67% 25%
Macedonia 45 45 300 130 85% 234%
Montenegro 60 60 70 63 41% 98%
Netherlands 200 230 230 230 223 145% 113%
Norway 933 184 739 739 649 422% 263%
Poland 48 50 60 75 58 38% 55%
Portugal 120 120 120 120 120 78% 101%
Rumania 65 100 65 77 50% 88%
Serbia 25 50 130 68 44% 123%
Slovakia 80 50 100 150 95 62% 80%
Slovenia(1 250 60 250 150 178 116% 139%
Spain(1 150 100 100 100 113 73% 81%
Sweden 335 170 280 314 275 179% 144%
Switzerland 560 85 245 234 282 183% 112%
United Kingdom(3 118 120 120 85 111 72% 67%
mean = mean value of mobile, nopass and redlight in euros
1) Doubled to official rate, 100%, if you do not pay on-the-spot or within 8 (Slovenia) or 20 (Spain) days as a local
2) Data are uncertain, please inform me

3) Scotland has 0.5‰
sources: bussenkatalog.ch © 2014 Verlag LawMedia AG and Eurostat
Fines for 4 common traffic offenses are included. Driving at 71km/h in urban ares, mobile use without a handsfree, violation of a no passing sign, and red light crossing.
This index was inspired by The Big Mac Index. Wikipedia will explain. The extra index is adjusted for purchasing power parity, PPS.

The fine for +21 km/h is still unknown and difficult to find for many countries. Any info will be appreciated. Please comment below 🙂

Traffic fines and Burger index per country
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The graphic Burger index.
Adjusted for purchasing power parity.
Mobile, nopass and redlight fines per country.

4 Comments

  1. automies suomalainen
    27.07.2017 @ 21:40

    In finland, if you speed more than 20km/h, the fines are based on your incomes. The listed value you have is pretty much the minimum of the scale for persons with low income. On the other end, there are cases where a person was given 36000€ fine for going 23km/h over the limit and on another occasion 50000+ euro fine for same person. (Google for reima kuisla)
    If your net income (after taxes) is 2500€ month, and you speed 21km/h when speed limit is more than 60, the fine is on average 560€. (Ref https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-6548126 – use google translate)

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  2. Adrien
    31.05.2017 @ 18:31

    Hi,
    Your values in Switzerland are outdated as there has been a major change in traffic law. I can help you get the new numbers if interested

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  3. Alex Kavell
    16.05.2017 @ 18:54

    Hej Terje,

    Just saw your site today, it’s great, I will contribute soon (probably) as I am kind of a forgetful driver who doesn’t slow down some times…

    I can confirm your data on Slovenia speeding tickets, it is correct as of 16 May 2017!

    Best regards from Vienna,
    Alex

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