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:
|Albania||from ALL 1,000|
|Austria||€ 50||forbidden from 01-07-1999|
|Belgium||€ 100||forbidden from 01-07-2000|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||BAM 40|
|Bulgaria||BGN 50||forbidden from 05-2002|
|Cyprus||€ 85||forbidden from 25-06-1999|
|Czech Republic||CZK 1,000|
|Denmark||DKK 1,500||forbidden from 01-07-1998|
|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.
|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|
|Hungary||from HUF 10,000|
|Italy||from € 160||forbidden from 01-07-1993|
|Latvia||€ 25 - 100|
|Lithuania||from € 28|
|Luxembourg||€ 79||forbidden from 01-08-2001|
|Moldova||from MDL 750|
|Montenegro||from € 60|
|Netherlands||€ 230||forbidden from 30-03-2002|
|Norway||from NOK 1,300|
|Portugal||from € 120|
|Romania||from RON 134|
|Serbia||from RSD 6,000|
|Sweden||SEK 1,500||forbidden from 01-02-2018|
|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.