DRIVER’S NOT SO FINE DAY

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

NO-ONE likes be­ing fined for speed­ing but imag­ine if the fine was more than most peo­ple earn in a year?

In Fin­land, busi­ness­man Reima Kuisla has been slugged a whop­ping 54,000 for ex­ceed­ing the speed limit af­ter he was clocked at 103km/h in an 80 km/h zone.

That more than $75,000 in Aussie dol­lars. Why so much? Fin­land has a pro­gres­sive pol­icy when it comes to traf­fic fines. In­stead of a fixed amount, fines are are based on a slid­ing scale based on how much you earn.

That way rich peo­ple can’t just brush fines aside.

Not good for Mr Kuisla, who earned a re­ported 6.5 mil­lion in 2013 ( A$9.2 mil­lion).

Notwith­stand­ing he’s not too happy, but he’s not the first high flyer to cop it.

In 2002, a Nokia exec on a 14 mil­lion salary ( A$19.8 mil­lion) was forced to pay 116,000 (A$164,000) af­ter a flut­ter on his mo­tor­cy­cle.

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