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Fines for using mobile phones while driving in Europe

Penalties for using mobile phone while driving in Europe


Driving safely requires all of your attention. Using a mobile phone while driving is very dangerous due to the fact that the driver should be distracted from the process of driving.

There is a lot of research showing that using a hand-held mobile phone while driving may increase your chance of a crash by as much as four times.

Exceptions are made only for hands-free mobile phones. In some cases restrictions are directed only to novice drivers.

Use mobile phone is prohibited in all European countries except Sweden.

Penalties for using your mobile phone:
Country Penalties Note
Albania from ALL 1,000  
Andorra    
Armenia AMD 3,000  
Austria € 50 forbidden from 01-07-1999
Azerbaijan AZN 50  
Belarus BYR 42  
Belgium € 100 forbidden from 01-07-2000
Bosnia and Herzegovina BAM 40  
Bulgaria BGN 50 forbidden from 05-2002
Croatia HRK 500  
Cyprus € 85 forbidden from 25-06-1999
Czech CZK 1,000  
Denmark DKK 1,500 forbidden from 01-07-1998
Estonia € 16  
Finland € 50 forbidden from 01-01-2003
France € 135 forbidden from 30-03-2003;
from 01-07-2015 prohibited to use headphones and headsets (any device that is attached to the ear) when driving.
Georgia GEL 10  
Germany from € 40 forbidden from 01-02-2001;
use of a mobile phone is forbidden as long as the vehicle's engine is running
Great Britain £ 100 forbidden from 12-2003
Greece € 100  
Hungary from HUF 10,000  
Iceland ISK 5,000  
Ireland € 60  
Italy from € 160 forbidden from 01-07-1993
Latvia € 15  
Liechtenstein CHF 100  
Lithuania from € 28  
Luxembourg € 79 forbidden from 01-08-2001
Macedonia € 45  
Malta € 100  
Moldova from MDL 300  
Montenegro from € 60  
Netherlands € 230 forbidden from 30-03-2002
Norway from NOK 1,300  
Poland PLN 200  
Portugal from € 120  
Romania from RON 134  
Russia RUB 1,500  
Serbia from RSD 6,000  
Slovakia € 60  
Slovenia € 120  
Spain € 200  
Sweden no explicit 1  
Switzerland CHF 100  
Turkey TRY 72  
Ukraine from UAH 425  

1 Using a mobile phone while driving is not an offence, but can be regarded as reckless driving.

In the heat map below, you can clearly see what country has greater penalties. Green color means less fine, red is bigger.



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