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Polish gov't announces higher fines and penalties for reckless drivers

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Higher fines, penalties, insurance premiums depending on the number of penalty points as well as increased pensions for relatives to the victims of accidents will apply to reckless drivers are among the changes in the Road Traffic Law prepared by the government, according to a report by the IAR News Agency.

The spokesman for the Infrastructure Ministry said that these changes assume that in the case of traffic violations, the maximum amount of the fine will be increased from PLN 5,000 (EUR 1,090) to PLN 30,000 (EUR 6,545) which is a significant change.

The amount of the fines that may be imposed in the proceedings will also be increased to PLN 3,500 (EUR 763) and in the case of multiple offenses up to PLN 4,500 (EUR 981). The proposed changes also suggest an increase in the fine for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30 kph to the minimum amount of PLN 1,500 to PLN 5,000 (EUR 1,090).

The law changes also provide for the possibility of confiscating the cars of drunk drivers. The document still needs to be approved by the government. According to police data, 23,540 road accidents were reported in 2020. As a result, 2,491 people died and 26,463 were injured.

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