Police Impose Record Amount of Roadside Fines in First Half of the Year
Hungary Today 2019.08.14.
Police imposed a record amount of roadside fines in the first half of the year. According to the National Police Headquarters (ORFK), a total worth of 9,393,095,000 forints (Eur 29.6 million) were imposed between January and June 2019, Vezess.hu reported.
This amount is considerably higher than in the same period in 2018 when a total of 8 525 715 000 forints (Eur 26.8 million) of fines were imposed.
This year’s average fine has also risen to HUF 34,500 (Eur 109) from last year’s average of HUF 28,750 (Eur 90). Interestingly, however, the number of penalties decreased. In the first six months of 2019, fines were imposed 272,354 times, in spite of the 296,601 registered a year earlier in the same period.
The portal notes that these fines were mostly imposed for speeding.
Vezess.hu also regularly requests data about the failures of the police’s pricey, state-of-the-art camera system (VÉDA). In the first six months of 2019, a total of 198 repairs had to be performed in 182 days. The system that consists of 365 fixed and 160 mobile speed cameras still has more than one failure per day on average.