Traffic fines can increase based on income. As is already the case in other European countries (Finland, for example, has for a century calculated the amount of fines based on the offender’s wealth). This was stated by Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Galeazzo Benami during the presentation of the Dekra report on road safety. “As part of the revision of the La Strada Code announced by Salvini – explained Bignami – we will also carry out a specific study on the possibility of achieving proportionality between income and penalties, because if it is also clear that the penalty has a traumatic nature, it is clear that the person with higher income can be injured done from the point of view of the contrast between the phenomena of road safety and the higher penalty.
How does it work in Europe?
As mentioned, the penalty commensurate with the wallet of those who commit the crime is already becoming a reality in Europe: from Germany to Denmark, from Sweden to France, from Switzerland to Belgium and Great Britain, the last country to introduce the system in 2017. However, the way it is calculated has changed. the fine. As Ansa explains, in Great Britain, for example, violations are ranked in increasing order of seriousness. The fine ranges between 25% and 175% of the weekly income of the driver involved depending on the severity of the violation, with a maximum of 2,500 pounds for a violation committed on the highway and 1,000 in the remaining traffic. But in Finland, where the fine can be up to sixteenth of the monthly salary, there is no limit.
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