Professors of criminal and procedural law estimate that the imposition of a driving ban in addition to a speeding fine infringes the European Convention on Human Rights and, in particular, the right not to be punished twice for the same offence – a key principle of international criminal law. The Supreme Administrative Court of Finland ruled in 2012 that if a motorist has been found guilty of three speeding offences within one year, the driving ban imposed in the consequent administrative procedure does not constitute a second punishment for the same offence.
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Legal experts deem many driving bans illegal
The minimum duration of such a driving ban is one month and the maximum five years, depending on the degree of the violation. “The interpretation adopted in Finland that [a driving ban] is only a preventive measure is dubious and problematic.