Fines for traffic violations in Ukraine: How much a road safety violation could cost you

20 December 2021, 07:22 AM

Traffic violations in Ukraine incur a wide range of penalties, from fines to criminal liability.

Major traffic-related fines

DUI (Driving under the influence) leads to the largest fines, with amounts dependent on whether the offenses are repeated or not:

●      UAH 17,000 fine with one-year driving license suspension on the first DUI.

●      UAH 34,000 fine (or a 10-day arrest) with a three-year driving license suspension on the second DUI.

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●      UAH 51,000 fine (or a 15-day arrest) with a ten-year driving license suspension and vehicle seizure after two DUIs within a year.

Repeated offenses will also result in the vehicle being impounded, to be released for an additional fee.

Refusing to take a breathalyzer test will lead to an additional UAH 40,800 fine.

If a drunk-driving incident leads to injuries or deaths, the culprit will face criminal liability.

Fines related to traffic accidents

The driver’s conduct, as well as the damage caused by any given traffic accident, determine the severity of fines levied:

●      UAH 850 for causing a traffic accident.

●      UAH 1,190 for damaging other vehicles.

●      UAH 3,400 and a potential two-year driving license suspension for leaving the scene of an accident.

The culprit also has to pay for vehicle repair costs of all parties involved. This can be avoided by being insured accordingly.

Fines for accident-free traffic violations

These fines vary depending on risks associated with a particular traffic violation:

●      UAH 1,700 for exceeding the speed limit in urban areas by more than 50 km/h.

●      UAH 1,445 for creating a traffic hazard.

●      UAH 680 for failure to give way to emergency service vehicles.

●      UAH 510 for breaking rules of the road (lane switching and navigating intersections).

●      UAH 510 for using a phone while driving.

●      UAH 510 for not using a seatbelt while driving.

●      UAH 340 for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 km/h but by less than 50 km/h.

Fines related to pedestrians and cyclists

Fines for traffic violations by cyclists and pedestrians:

●      UAH 255 for crossing a road outside of the boundaries of a designated pedestrian crossing, without High-Visibility gear at night.

●      UAH 425 for breaking the rules of the road by cyclists and people on horseback.

●      UAH 680 for cycling while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

●      UAH 850 for pedestrians and cyclists creating a traffic hazard; this can be substituted with 20 to 40 hours of community service.

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