Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski wrote a recent "love" letter to European Monetary and Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn in which he outlined how Poland would reduce its budget deficit as fast as demanded by the European Commission. Rostowski did chastise the EC for a lack of "transparency" -- the Finance Ministry is clearly so transparent -- but for the most part it was boring public finance stuff…until the statement "a newly introduced road speed enforcement system should yield further revenues, estimated at 1.2bn PLN in 2012."
Ahem, excuse me, but the police are going to raise 1.2 billion zloty from speeding tickets? Jesus H Murphy.
Recent data said there were 18 million cars. Though this doesn't include trucks and buses, it would mean some 67 zloty per car in speeding tickets just in 2012. Let's say with trucks and buses some 50 zloty a head.
But babcias tend not to drive overly fast. There are also more and more less experienced drivers who follow the "drive defensively" rule. I thus have the feeling speeders -- little old me, perhaps -- will be stumping up a little more than others for this one.
Boy oh boy am I happy to be ready to help Poland meets its budget deficit goals when a secretary at a mining company can retire at 35, farmers don't pay health-care, social security or taxes, and the government drives the latest BMWs.