Several portals in Hungary have reported that the fines for motorists will soon change. As it turns out, from May onwards, there will be no tolerance for speeding checks in some cases, and police will take a tougher stance on speeding. This means that a ticket can arrive in the mail even for minimal speeding.
According to current information, a minimum speeding ticket is only payable if the driver is stopped by a police officer. The rule that no fine is expected for speeding up to a certain speed limit remains in principle for installed and mobile speed cameras. As a result, no penalty is imposed up to a plus speed of 15 kilometers per hour under 100 kilometers per hour, and up to a plus speed of 20 kilometers per hour above a pace of 100 kilometers per hour.
In addition, the system has long since “added” something to the speed data recorded by speed cameras. The deviation, called the margin of error of the cameras, was 3 km/h up to 100 km/h, while above that speed a deviation of 3% was tolerated. This means that the speed limit was not actually 50 or 60 km/h, but 53 or 63 km/h.
But the problem is now bigger when police stop a driver.
Under the new rules, for example, driving at even 51 km/h within a 50 km/h zone is also considered speeding and will be strictly penalized.
The minimum fine for speeding is 30,000 forints (EUR 80), but in extreme cases it can go up to 300,000 forints (EUR 800).
Naturally, motorists did not welcome the news, with many complaining that they do not agree with the new rules.
One driver who was interviewed told public television channel M1 that he thought it was a very bad thing because it was either the kilometers per hour that was being monitored all the time during driving, or the traffic.
For years now, speeding has been cited as the main cause of accidents in statistics from the National Police Headquarters. Last year, there were a total of 14,679 traffic accidents involving personal injury in the country (i.e. an average of 40 per day), while a total of 621,637 speeding offenses were recorded by the traffic police, in addition to the use of speed cameras (which is an average of 1,703 fines per day).
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