People were shocked after finding out how expensive speeding tickets can be in Finland.
TikTok creator Olivia Snake, who goes by @livontheedge online, explained in her video that speeding fines are not only based on the severity of your driving violation, but also how much you earn .
In the post, which has been viewed over 113,000 times, Olivia begins: “Speeding in Finland can cost a fortune, because a speeding ticket is not based solely on the seriousness of the offence.
“It also takes into account the daily disposable income of the driver, which can lead to insane fines for the very wealthy.
“Like in 2002, when Nokia chief Anssi Vanjoki was caught driving 75mph on a 50mph and was fined $103,000 (nearly £82,000). “
Two decades ago, Vanjoki was caught breaking the speed limit on his Harley Davidson in Finland’s capital, Helsinki.
As traffic fines in Finland are proportional to the offender’s income, he had to pay a fine equal to 14 days of his income, which in 1999 was €14 million (£11.8 million).
It was considered Finland’s most expensive speeding ticket. Interestingly, Finland is not the only country to calculate fines based on offense and income. In fact, the Swiss authorities are doing the same.
After learning of the jaw-dropping fine, Snake’s video was flooded with comments from users who praised Finnish authorities for their traffic laws and said the measures were “fair”.
One commented: “It makes perfect sense, otherwise the rich do what they want because a normal ticket is just pocket money.”
” It’s incredible. So the super poor won’t be charged an arm and a leg if they can’t afford it,” another wrote.
A third added: “It’s the right way to do it. otherwise, if you are rich enough…” (sic).
“It makes sense to me. Hurt regardless of income. If you’re poor it’s not gonna bury you but if you’re rich it’s gonna be smart,” one user posted below the video.
Another shared: “yes!!! if a fine is meant to incentivize not doing something, it is useless if it is not commensurate with income.
“Honestly, this makes a bit of sense for all crimes, a lot of my clients just don’t follow the rules because they’d rather pay the fine,” commented one user with a career in the legal field.
One user echoed: “That’s justice. It’s supposed to cause some discomfort, so it’s a deterrent. If you win thousands and thousands, the fine is nothing to them. “