Swiss millionaire given record fine for going 85mph in a village
11 January 2010

A Swiss millionaire has been given a record speeding fine of $290,000 (£180,000).

The Ferrari Testarossa driver was caught driving at at 137km/h (85mph) through a village with a speed limit of 50mph.

According to the BBC, the penalty was calculated based on the unnamed motorist's wealth - assessed by the court as $22.7m (£14.1m) - and because he was a repeat offender.

It is more than double Switzerland's previous record speeding fine.

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11 January 2010

Reminds me of the boss of Nokia who was fined EUR116k in 2002. Personally I don't think the idea of making fine proportional based say on a percentage of salary is a bad one...

11 January 2010

Ha!

You're right, it's not such a bad idea, making the fine based on income.

Knowing our Government if they did it, they'd mess it up

11 January 2010

If you can afford a supercar then I am sure you can afford superfine as well. Good idea as it makes you a socially responsible driver. I am all for it but what about those who do not declare their true income because of one reason or the other.

11 January 2010

I bet the view that this isn't a bad idea would go away if it was introduced in Britain. The idea of being fined about 1.3% of your total wealth for a 3 point penalty would have the media going wild. I can see that working out a £6k for a lot of people in the UK.

What will this money be put towards? Not road safety I bet

11 January 2010

[quote jelly7961]

Reminds me of the boss of Nokia who was fined EUR116k in 2002. Personally I don't think the idea of making fine proportional based say on a percentage of salary is a bad one...

[/quote]

Did something similar not happen to Kimi Raikkonen a couple of years ago? I'm sure he received a sizeable means-tested speeding fine in his native Finland.

11 January 2010

The Swiss really are basterds aren't they. They over-price everything including their watches.

Thank god they don't make cars otherwise you'd get a £10million Omega roadster.

12 January 2010

£180k vs Testa Rossa...is it worth it for a shed like that? [controversial I know, but have you ever looked closely at a TR??? makes 1980's TVRs look well built]

14 January 2010

[quote crashbangwallop]What will this money be put towards? Not road safety I bet[/quote]

It doesn't matter what the money would be used for. It wouldn't be a tax, but a punishment.

14 January 2010

So, if I only had the Swiss equivalent of 5 grand assets, and I happened to be lucky enough to be lent (legally) an Enzo, and then I got nicked to 2 tons...would I be fined around £55?!

14 January 2010

Well, what with the bankers getting big fat bonuses AGAIN!,i think this would be a great idea in this country, although there'd have to be a minimum, wouldn't there?, but on the whole it would be nice to see a bit of the little man getting his own back too, am i right?

Peter Cavellini.

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