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Parking fines around the world

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We look at how much drivers around the world get charged for parking violations.

Busy street in Japan

The first traffic wardens marched onto the streets in 1960. Then, if you were unlucky enough to meet one of the 40 wardens, you could’ve been issued a £2 fine.

Now, local authorities make millions of pounds from parking fines. Most of it gets reinvested so drivers can enjoy better motoring.

In the UK, councils can charge from £80 to £130 for a fixed penalty in London, and from £40 to £70 everywhere else. But how does that compare to other parts of the world?

Country Fine Approx fine in GBP Minimum hourly wage
Australia $60 - $243 £35.3 - £142.9 $16.87
Brazil R$88.38 - R$195.23 £21.41 - £47.30 R$4.00
Canada $30 - $450 £18 - £271 $11.00
France €17 - €135 £14.50 - £115 € 9.61
Germany €10 - €35 £8.5 - £30 € 8.84
India ₹100 - ₹300 £1.2 - £3.6 ₹156
Ireland €40 - €120 £34 - £102 € 9.25
Japan ¥10,000 - ¥35,000 £70 - £245 ¥780
Mexico 349.75 Pesos - 2,097 Pesos £13.7 - £82.3 7.6 Pesos
Netherlands €90 - €370 £76 - £316 € 8.87
New Zealand $60 - $150 £34 - £85.1 $15.25
Portugal €30 - €150 £25.6 - £128 €3.31
Russia 1,000₽ - 5,000₽ £13 - £66.6 37.2₽
Saudi Arabia SR 100 - SR 300 £21.6 - £64.8 SR 132.5
South Korea ₩ 40,000 £27 ₩ 6,470
Spain Up to €200 Up to £170 € 2.94
Switzerland 40 FR -120 FR £32 - £95.6 22 FR
Taiwan NT$600 - NT$1,200 £15 - £30 NT$126
Turkey 72 TL - 184 TL £16.6 - £42.5 2.57 TL
USA $20 - $250 £16.3 - £203.7 $5.15 - $11.50 ($7.25 - federal)

With the rise of self-parking technology in cars, getting into a spot nowadays is pretty much hassle-free. And all that remains is for you to find a space which won’t land you with a hefty fine.

But if the odds are against and you end up with a parking ticket on your windscreen, here’s how you can fight it.

Disclaimer: For the countries which don't have an official minimum hourly wage (such as Russia and Mexico), we’ve calculated it based on the monthly minimum salary assuming a 40-hour working week. Prices correct at the time of writing.

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