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SLS owner nets R7m speeding fine

2010-08-10 10:07

The Swiss may be renowned for their neutrality in times of conflict, yet they show little mercy when dealing with those who attempt to navigate their road network at speed.

Swiss police impounded a new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG after its Swedish owner was caught travelling at 290km/h in a 120km/h zone near Fribourg, en route from Bern to Lausanne, on Friday afternoon.

The 170km/h discrepancy is expected to balloon to a $1m (R7m) fine, which is about three times the value of the impounded SLS AMG.

In fact, the car was confiscated by police as security for the expected fine.

The speeding fine's severity is due to the Swiss federal government’s system of calculating traffic offenses on a sliding scale, directly related to the personal income of those involved.

Simply put - the more you earn, the more they take.

Swiss authorities have admitted the 37-year-old SLS AMG owner is set to become the first non-Swiss national to be prosecuted under the income-based traffic fine system.


 

Comments
  • rikus - 2010-08-10 11:58

    the same should be done in s.a. it's high time the "fat cats" feel the pinch and don't get away with a slap on the wrist.

  • Leon - 2010-08-10 12:26

    Eina!

  • Jakes - 2010-08-10 12:45

    Isnt that discrimination? Find that a bit harsh.....a fine is a fine but to fine you more because you have more is ridiculous. All our ministers will be in jail permanently if that happens here hehehehe

  • PL - 2010-08-10 12:49

    Ag Rikus, go get a life or something, you dumb idiot!

  • Martin - 2010-08-10 12:56

    This system should absolutely be implemented in SA. It makes no sense to fine somebody R500 for an offense if they earn hundreds of thousands a year!!

  • Allan - 2010-08-10 13:37

    Ag shame, only 290km/h. That is absolutety awsome, pity bout the 1 mil$ fine! How much did the guy state side get wen he was caught doing 220 MPH in a Koenigseg? Can anyone remember?

  • Ian Rhodes - 2010-08-10 13:48

    The "sliding scale" rule is nothing new. It has been in existence for a very long time and even today is in place where breaches of the law are prosecuted in our courts. It is only where a "deposit fine" i.e. the offender is invited to pay a fine that a "fixed penalty" which has been pre-determined by a magistrate is applied.

  • Al - 2010-08-10 13:49

    Fact is, if you earn R2 million p.a. and you get fined R2000 for speeding you don't get punished. If you have to fork out R100 000 as determined on a gliding scale mechanism, you WILL start adhering to the rules of the road.

  • FK - 2010-08-10 14:04

    It would never work in S.A. with these 'Poorest of the poor' people. They, with nothing to lose can then drive as bad as they want, right? A fine is a fine and should be the same for everyone, no one transgresses the law because they can pay the fine!

  • AndyJo - 2010-08-10 14:04

    @PL- based on your reply to rikus are you a FAT CAT & Is PL the acronym for Political Lout?

  • Craig - 2010-08-10 14:07

    Totally agree with Rikus, the speed limit is 120, abide by it, even a moron like PL should be able to figure that out, the sliding scale and points systems are deterant to those reckless fools on the road, that shun the law because they can afford to.

  • GTO - 2010-08-10 14:21

    Well done mate! Now you know your car is working perfectly...

  • nale - 2010-08-10 14:27

    @Rikus and @Al. go drive your city golf and leave us alone. You bloody agents

  • Sense - 2010-08-10 15:05

    The system seems right and in principle i agree with it, but in this case it doesnt make sense. The fine is worth 3 x the amount of the vehicles price. Now who would go and pay that fine to get the vehicle back, when you can go fork out another US$300K and buy yourself a new SLS and save yourself $300K.

  • DM - 2010-08-10 15:20

    What an add for Merc. Next time don't get caught!!!

  • Stuff - 2010-08-10 15:39

    Another delivery by the star brand. Keep it up Mercedes-Benz. Let's raise the bar to 500 kph on the next. I know you can do it!!! Seriously speaking, the law should not permit any manufacturer to release a vehicle that travells beyond the recommended speed limit - period. In that way, we shall see less lives being claimed, less expenditure on speed campaigns, gadget to nail offenders etc.

  • Collitjies - 2010-08-10 15:47

    Yes do the same in RSA, it would save tax payers who have to constantly fork out thousands to purchase new cars for ministers.

  • @Allan - 2010-08-10 15:57

    Fastest speeding ticket in the world (but not anymore) was 242 mph in a 75 mph zone by the Koenigsegg CCX - San Fransisco 2003. Most expensive speeding ticket (but not anymore) was EUR170'000 issued, also in 2003, in Finnland for doing 80kph in a 40kph zone. Recipient was the wealthy heir to a lasrge meat industry business.

  • Stuff - 2010-08-10 15:57

    Another delivery by the star brand. Keep it up Mercedes-Benz. Let's raise the bar to 500 kph on the next. I know you can do it!!! Seriously speaking, the law should not permit any manufacturer to release a vehicle that travells beyond the recommended speed limit - period. In that way, we shall see less lives being claimed, less expenditure on speed campaigns, gadget to nail offenders etc.

  • Mojojo - 2010-08-10 16:43

    I first thought what a stupid Idea as well, but reading AI's comment it now makes 100% sense and I think it is a brilliant idea. However, more than double the speed limit, well on the way to triple, this should be jail time, no questions asked.

  • dstroya - 2010-08-10 17:08

    The only logical comment here is from FK!!! This system would not work in SA

  • Dale - 2010-08-10 18:44

    He should have asked me to drive ... 290km/h at what I earn, the fine would be about 72 cents

  • Goverment - 2010-08-10 23:09

    You cant drive that fast on most of our roads coz of the potholes...... Most likely goverment should pay us for all the potholes around SA...... And what abt the blue light bullies....................

  • NCL - 2010-08-11 12:24

    Ok, all the brainy guys, if a taxi driver is caught driving at 160km/h in a 60 zone and his earnings is the guideline to his fine, what do you think he will be fined? No taxidriver has an accountant or a bookkeeping system, so he just stand there and say he does not earn anything. All his earnings go for expenses. Jippee, no fine and he can go out and drive like a hooligan. They already do it, because they do not have a fixed address and cannot be traced. If the cops stop them at roadblocks and impound the taxi to make them pay the outstanding fines, they burn tyres, throw stones and damage property till they get their taxis back. This Swiss system sounds great, but it is not for SA.

  • D5 - 2010-08-11 13:09

    As I understand it - it will still be a fixed fine as it currently stands depending on how much you exceeded the speed limit by. Then they at their discretion can apply the sliding rule to determine if the fine is a justifiable punishment to deter you from driving over the speed limit again.

  • mcnasty - 2010-08-11 19:57

    i wont judge the guy,anyone who really loves cars knows that feeling when your on a very quiet ,long, straight road and you just want to put the foot down,imagine resisting the urge in an sls.guess you should rather get your fix at track days.

  • Lucious Sepoo - 2010-08-12 08:18

    It would never work in S.A. with these 'Poorest of the poor' people. They, with nothing to lose can then drive as bad as they want, right? A fine is a fine and should be the same for everyone, no one transgresses the law because they can pay the fine! The system seems right and in principle i agree with it, but in this case it doesnt make sense. The fine is worth 3 x the amount of the vehicles price. Now who would go and pay that fine to get the vehicle back, when you can go fork out another US$300K and buy yourself a new SLS and save yourself $300K.

  • Sue - 2010-09-13 13:06

    lol, I would sue the car industry for making cars faster than the legal speed limit. Make them pay the stupid fines...

  • bb - 2010-09-14 11:11

    Ridiculous arguments in the posts to argue that the speed on our roads should be limited speed to 120 kph. The taxman takes your money to design and build a highway that is safe (engineering designspeed)at 160 kph - then some politician decides we are going to trap anyone on the (communities)road that goes faster than 120 kph - why do we take this political buls$#$@!! ??????

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