The European Traffic Index

Last update 10.6.2018 | 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.Click any symbol to sort.
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% 241%
Bulgaria 25 25 50 33 22% 46%
Croatia 135 65 90 260 138 90% 155%
Czech Republic 38 74 200 38 88 57% 66%
Denmark 405 200 270 270 286 187% 147%
Estonia(2 400 200 400 800 450 293% 391%
Europe – mean value 191 83 156 183 153 100% 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% 32%
Greece 100 100 350 350 225 147% 216%
Hungary 100 325 325 250 163% 240%
Iceland 30 90 100 73 48% 39%
Ireland 80 60 80 80 75 49% 28%
Italy 143 160 85 170 140 91% 95%
Kosovo 60 40 60 150 78 51% 168%
Latvia 160 15 55 40 68 44% 69%
Lithuania 86 30 115 115 87 56% 75%
Luxembourg 49 75 145 145 104 67% 26%
Macedonia 45 45 300 130 85% 235%
Montenegro 60 60 70 63 41% 98%
Netherlands 200 230 230 230 223 145% 113%
Norway 944 184 756 756 660 430% 269%
Poland 48 50 60 75 58 38% 55%
Portugal 120 120 120 120 120 78% 102%
Rumania 65 100 65 77 50% 88%
Serbia 25 50 130 68 45% 124%
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% 113%
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.

9 Comments

  1. E. A.
    29.09.2018 @ 20:44

    The info for Bosnia and Herzegovina are outdated or false. As of February 2017, the fines and other penalties go as follows: +21 kph over the speed limit on ANY type of road = €50 + 1 month license suspension, using phone = €50, improper overtaking = €50 (+1 month license suspension if dangerous/risky overtaking, and red light = €50 + 1 month license suspension. The fines can be reduced by 50% if paid under 8 days. If penalties are administered by a court, then for all these offenses the fine can go up to €150 and 4 months of license withdrawal, with no possibility to pay 50% of the fine only. Plus you would have to add €10 of administrative taxes, and all the court expenses. The alcohol limit is still 0.03% and 0.00% for new drivers (3 years after obtaining the driving license). Penalties for drunk driving can go anywhere from €25 to €500 and jail depending on the exact level of alcohol in the blood. Besides that, a license withdrawal of up to 6 months is possible (mandatory for levels over 0.08%), or up to 1 year if administered by court. If an accident is caused by drunk driving the fine can go up to €2500. If a person is killed, there is a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Other common penalties (which are very gladly enforced by the cops) include: €50 for seatbelt offense, €50 for not yielding to vehicle or stopping at a stop sign (+1 month of license suspension if immediate danger), €50 + 1 month license suspension for not yielding to a pedestrian on a controlled crosswalk, €200 + 2 months of license suspension for transporting a child under the age of 12 on the front seat, €25 for road marking and roundabout offenses, €25 for making too much noise with the vehicle, €20 for not carrying mandatory items (first aid kit, reflective vest, set of light bulbs, etc.), €20 for parking/stopping offenses, €15 for driving with lights off during the day, and €15 for not carrying driving license and other proper paperwork/documents while driving. There is one specificity which is uncommon in Europe, but very common in the U.S. (and Bosnia) regarding school busses or other children transport vehicles: any vehicle transporting children which has a special orange square sign in front and back of the vehicle which has stopped in order to let children in or out of the vehicle means STOP for vehicles traveling in both directions. Failing to do so can result in a €50-150 fine and 1-4 months of license suspension. Also, radar detector devices are now illegal and people can be fined up to €150 for even owning such a device. The device shall also be confiscated. Those selling or advertising such devices can get a fine of up to €2500. Otherwise, the maximum possible fine is €5000. It is prescribed to road maintenance companies for failing to do their job correctly, and to any company employing drivers who might let those drivers work for too long or making them work despite their license being revoked/suspended. And to finish, a few fines destined to cyclists and pedestrians: most fines range from €15 to €25. One interesting thing is also that pedestrians are prohibited from using a phone, texting, reading newspapers, etc., while crossing the road… even on a controlled crosswalk. The fine is €25.

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  2. Slawka
    20.07.2018 @ 18:38

    Absolutely great info! Thanks for sharing it!
    Greetings form Poland.

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    • TerjeEnge
      21.07.2018 @ 01:35

      Thank you, nice if you share 🙂 Too few people find this page.

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  3. Peter Mifsud
    16.02.2018 @ 11:45

    Great site….thanks. Malta (EU) is missing 🙁

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    • TerjeEnge
      16.02.2018 @ 12:09

      Thank you 🙂 And Malta is missing. Do you have any info or references on it?

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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