BERLIN – A German court has ruled that motorists must pay more than the usual fines for running a red light because he is driving. sport utility vehicle. The June 3 verdict could set a precedent for similar cases.
In its ruling, published Wednesday, the Frankfurt court ordered motorists to pay 350 euros ($365), nearly double the usual $200 fine for running a red light. It also imposes a one-month driving ban.
The court argued that the shape of the SUV, with its tall, boxy hood, meant that the driving behavior posed a greater risk to pedestrians than if the defendant was driving a smaller vehicle. It also takes into account the defendant’s previous driving convictions.
The judgment can be appealed.