Swedish car insurance customer gets world's biggest speeding fine

Friday, 13 August 2010

A Swedish car insurance customer is facing what is thought to be the world's largest speeding fine after been caught driving at 180mph.

The fine amounts to £650,000 and was calculated using the motorist's income and the severity of the speeding incident.
It is the highest possible penalty and equates to 300 days of fines at £2,166.

"We have no record of anyone being caught travelling faster in the country," said a police spokesman.

In fact, the driver was going so fast that he evaded a number of speed cameras before being caught on the A12 highway between Bern and Lausanne.

The motorist told the authorities that he thought the speedometer on his vehicle was faulty.

According to figures from the Department for Transport, excessive driving speed contributes to 12 per cent of all injury collisions, 18 per cent of crashes resulting in a serious injury and 28 per cent of all collisions which result in a fatality.

Posted by Noel Martin

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