Anyone with a car will know that getting caught speeding will undoubtedly result in a hefty fine or penalty, but the cost can vastly differ around the world with the number of different laws and policies put into place in specific countries.
According to a recent article in the Telegraph, speeding fines have hit a four-year high thanks with the recent increase in digital speed cameras, which shows just how many people are still speeding despite the risks and fatalities increasing.
The infographic below from Avis has looked at just how much you’re looking at being charged if you get caught speeding in different parts of the world. Take for example; the maximum fine that can be charged in London can be around £2,500.
The world’s largest speeding fine comes courtesy of a Swedish motorist who was caught driving at 300km/h whilst in Switzerland. He was charged $1million, due to the fact that under Swiss law the amount of fine is determined by not only the speed recorded by also the wealth of the driver. The driver was travelling so fast that he managed to evade the radar guns used by the police, which are incapable of clocking any speeds that go beyond 200km/h.
In Helsinki, the southern capital of Finland, there is actually no maximum fine by law and also determines the fine issued based on the income of the driver. Reima Kuisla, a Finnish business man, was recently caught doing 103km/h in an area that had an 80km/h speed limit. This, according to the Atlantic, would be a fine that might come in to around a couple of hundred dollars in the USA but actually turned out to cost Kuisla €54,000 as the fee was determined by his income – which happened to come to €6.5 million that year.
The Autobahn is the highway system in Germany and in general, the autobahns have no speed limit for most vehicles. However, temporary speed limits come into play during poor weather or traffic conditions. A 2008 report on the Autobahn showed that 52% of the networks only had the advisory speed limit, 15% had temporary speed limits due to bad weather or other conditions whilst 33% of the network had speed limits that were permanently implemented.
Take a look at the infographic below for some more interesting tidbits on the speeding fines around the world so whenever you go traveling abroad and decide to rent a car, you can stay on top of the rules and regulations of the road.
Remember to always drive safely.