Norway has the strictest driving fines in Europe, study shows

Norway has the strictest driving fines in Europe, study shows
Watch your speed, Norway's driving fines are eye-wateringly expensive. Photo: Olivier MORIN / AFP
Norway tops the table for the most expensive fines for drink-driving, running red lights and motorway speeding, compared to the rest of Europe, a new study has revealed.

Drinking and driving is not only dangerous but incurs hefty fines in much of Europe, but none as expensive as in Norway, a new study by driving institute Zutobi found.

Being 0.02 percent over the blood alcohol limit in Norway will cost you an eye-watering €5,783 at a minimum.

This compares with the Czech Republic, where drink-driving penalties start at just €19 for having anything over zero percent alcohol in your blood.

Norway also has the most expensive fines for running red lights — penalties of up to €756 are charged, far outpacing the €10 minimum penalty levied in Albania, the European country with the least expensive fines for ignoring the stop signal.

Norway tops the table for driving fines compared to Europe. Source: Zutobi

The Nordic country is just as strict when it comes to speeding on motorways: get caught exceeding the statutory 110km/h speed limit and you could be charged as much as €711, hundreds of euros above Italy, the second-strictest European country for speeding fines.

You’re much less likely to be snapped racing down the road, though, as Norway only has 311 speed cameras compared to Italy’s 8,073.

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At the other end of the scale, these countries are lax with their driving fines, with Albania placing first for the least strict in Europe. Source: Zutobi

At the other end of the scale, the least strict country in Europe for driving fines is Albania, with motorway speeding starting at just €20 and an almost unnoticeable €8 fine if you’re caught using your mobile phone while driving.

Zutobi gathered its data on fines, speed limits and blood alcohol limits from Speeding Europe, SCBD and Auto Europe.

 


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