Millionaire cops $200,000 fine for speeding in Europe – report

One motorist has crossed the Finnish line too quickly over the weekend, with a large fine being issued based on the man’s daily salary.

A man has been handed a fine of €121,000 ($AU196,000) for driving at 82km/h in a 50km/h zone in Finland.

Anders Wiklof – one of the richest people in Finland – was handed the fine after being stopped by local police on Saturday, according to local newspaper New Åland.

In Finland, fines for traffic offences are based on the offender’s income – typically half of their daily salary.

As well as the hefty fine, the 77-year-old man – founder of Wilkof Holdings, which has business interests in hotels, conference centres, supermarkets, the building industry, and logistics – had his driving licence suspended for 10 days.

Mr Wilkof has been in the headlines before, receiving a €95,000 fine ($AU154,000) in 2013 – also for speeding – as well as a €95,000 fine ($AU154,000) in 2018 for other traffic infringements.

“I really regret the matter,” Mr Wilkof told local media, adding that he hoped the money would go towards healthcare in the Nordic country.

While Guinness World Records lists the largest speeding fine as being €137,000 ($AU221,800) – issued in Switzerland in January 2010 for the driver of a Ferrari Testarossa – multiple websites claim the most expensive speeding fine ever was actually $US1 million ($AU1.51 million) issued to a 37-year-old Swedish driver, also in Switzerland, reportedly driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG at 290km/h.

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