Government launches “road fines bonanza” in bid to claw in €129 million

Tabloid Correio da Manhã runs a cautionary front page story this morning, stressing traffic police have orders to fine as many road users as humanly possible.

The reason: €129 million has been written into the State Budget for 2022 as the figure the government hopes to make from traffic-related fines, particularly when it comes to speeding. New radars are already in place (predicted to bring in more than €13 million in fines) while more police agents are being ‘freed’ from other duties to monitor drivers’ behaviour.

“More radars, more checks, little tolerance for infractions: these are the plans of the government”, says the paper.