Speeding fines in Poland and Polish road regulations
At first glance Poland does not seem to have a very heavy policy against speeding offences.
Speeding fines in Poland are amongst the lowest in Europe ranging from around PLN50 (approx. £9.5) to PLN500 (approx. £95).
You can expect the following fines (mandat in Polish) for over-speeding in Poland:
up to 10 km/h (6.2 mph) over the limit – up to PLN50 (approx. £9.5)
11 km/h - 20 km/h (6.2 mph – 12.4 mph) - PLN50 - PLN100 (approx. £9.5 - £19)
21 km/h - 30 km/h (13 mph – 18.6 mph) - PLN100 - PLN200 (approx. £19 - £38)
31 km/h - 40 km/h (19.2 mph – 24.8 mph) – PLN200 - PLN300 (approx. £38 - £55)
41 km/h - 50 km/h (25.4 mph - 31 mph) – PLN300 - PLN400 (approx. £55-£73)
51 km/h (31,6 mph) and more – PLN400 - PLN500 (approx. £73 - £95)
See the full table of applicable traffic offences fines in Poland (May 2012, in Polish only).
Fines for speeding common in Poland
Do not be misled by those quite lenient speeding fines in Poland. Speeding offences in Poland may turn out to be quite costly.
The chances of being fined, even when driving slightly above the limit are very high in Poland. Paying a Polish speeding fine may not initially seem expensive, but quite a few tourists in Poland experienced getting multiple fines for speeding; sometimes a few on the same day.
Road safety in Poland - quality of Polish roads
The quality of many Polish roads has improved considerably; especially with the newest sections of motorways. Some B-roads in Poland are, however, still of a rather poor quality when compared to most western countries.
The style of driving, especially during overtaking in Poland, may strike the foreign tourist as somewhat risky.
A lot of privately owned cars in Poland are still from an era when safety equipment as ABS brakes, air bags, electronic stability control etc. was less common. Quite a number of older cars have been imported from Gernany over the years, and many are still on duty.
As a consequence of those factors, the road accident rate is quite high in Poland. With due care and attention, it is, however, possible to travel safely on Polish roads, and all hire cars in Poland are new models with modern safety features.
To improve safety on the roads in Poland, Polish authorities have tightened road traffic control. Apart from the permanent radars and speed cameras on the busiest roads, traffic police patrols are very frequent.
The speed fines are issued on the spot and payable in Polish currency. Not having Polish zlotys with you in not an excuse: the police will accompany you to the nearest ATM machine.
Other important Polish road regulations
Poland has strict driving laws when it comes to blood alcohol content – 0.2 mg per ml is the allowed alcohol limit in Poland.
Use of seat belts, front and rear, is compulsory in Poland.
Since 2007 use of headlights is mandatory at all times during driving in Poland.
Children under 12 and 1.5 meters of height need to use a suitable restraint system.
Driving license, vehicle registration and third-party insurance should be carried by the driver at all times. Any valid EU driving license is sufficient for driving in Poland.
Hand-held mobile phone use whilst driving is strictly prohibited. In 2012, there is a 200 PLN (approx. £38) fine for using mobile when driving.
Warning triangle, fluorescent safety vest and fire extinguisher are mandatory equipment in private cars as well as hire cars in Poland.
When stopped by Polish police
Do not question the fine as it may prove counter-productive. In many cases, however, you can try to negotiate politely the amount of the speeding fine with the Polish police within the stipulated limits (see speed limits and fines above).
Bribing attempts in Poland are strongly advised against and may result in trouble much more serious than a speeding ticket.