Merc driver faces £650k speeding fine
Speeding fines are calculated by taking into account the income of the motorist and the speed at which they were driving.
According to prosecutors, he is now facing the highest possible penalty of 300 days of fines at £2166 a day – a total of £650,000.
The driver was behind the wheel of a £160,000, 197mph Mercedes-Benz SLS on the A12 motorway between Bern and Lausanne on Friday.
Too fast to pay
However, the driver might consider himself fortunate to not be in more trouble, because Swiss prosecutors revealed he could well have been caught by many other speed cameras on the route – had he not been driving beyond the speed they operate. Old-style Swiss radar devices do not operate above 125mph.
Previous record fine
The £650,000 fine is thought to be the world's largest. In January, a Ferrari driver was fined £182,000 after being caught driving at 85mph in a 50mph zone - again in Switzerland.
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