Overview of traffic fines in Europe

1 September 2022

Are you going abroad and want to know what the traffic laws are like there? Or do you just want to find out how much it costs to break the rules in other countries? In this blog we take a look at the road fines in the most popular European countries.

Germany

In Germany, you can lose your driving license for exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h in built-up areas or by 100 km/h outside built-up areas. For driving under the influence of alcohol, there are several fines equivalent to several thousand euros and loss of driving licence. If someone drives under the influence of drugs, they can get at least six months in prison and up to two years’ loss of their driving licence. In Germany, there is also strict treatment for breaking road safety regulations, such as improper use of seatbelts or talking on a mobile phone while driving. You can receive a fine of up to €100 for these acts. 

France

Fines in France are generally lower than in Germany, but there are a few points to look out for. Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h in built-up areas and by 90 km/h outside built-up areas can result in loss of your driving licence. Driving under the influence of alcohol is punishable by up to two years in prison and a €15,000 fine, as well as the loss of your driving licence for 10 years.As in Germany, breaches of road safety regulations – such as not wearing a seatbelt or talking on a mobile phone while driving – are treated just as harshly. You can be fined between €135 and €375 for these acts. An additional €250-500 can be charged for each additional infringement. 

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It is also worth bearing in mind the blood alcohol limits – 0.5 per mille for those with the correct licence and 0 per mille for motorcyclists and lorry drivers. 

In conclusion, it is important for drivers to stick to the speed and alcohol limits when abroad. This is especially true in France and Germany, where the limits are very strict and penalties severe. Following the rules can help avoid costly fines and keep you safe while driving. Thank you for reading!