In-game fines are penalties incurred for dangerous actions while driving. They can be charged from €100 to €2500, but they shouldn't be economy-shaking. However, drivers should still try to avoid such infractions, as the cost can quickly add up. Occasionally drivers may get fined for various offences at once.
With the update 1.37 of Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator, truck fines have been increased and any minor violation will be caught once you pull into a weigh station and you will receive a ticket.
|Offense Symbol||Offense Description||Amount in ETS2 (€)||Amount in ATS ($)|
|Running a red light||350||700,
1400 if caught by cop
|Colliding with car||400,
800 if caught by cop
1800 if caught by cop
1000 if caught by cop
1400 if caught by cop
|300~1,500||1000 in Yosemite, 1500 in states that enforce LCV|
Wrong Way Edit
Driving in the opposite lane will be fined as a "Wrong Way Offense".
Note that different countries have either left-handed or right-handed traffic. Only the United Kingdom drives on the left-hand side while rest drive on the right-hand side.
No Lights Edit
It is advised to turn on lights during night, during rain, and when driving in a tunnel as neglecting to do so will be fined as a "No Lights Offense". It is also very important to press L twice, as pressing it once will only activate the parking lights.
Not Resting Edit
Usually, beginner drivers can drive for 10 hours before suffering fatigue, but this can be extended by upgrading the "Long distance" skill.
Neglecting to rest will result in your fatigue level increasing and a €150 fine. Full fatigue will cause the screen to blacken for a second as a simulation of dozing and it will occur repeatedly, causing reduced visibility and a greater chance of hitting traffic or objects, which can cause damage to your truck, and possible collision fines.
Running a red light Edit
Traffic lights can be found in every city. They can also occur at every road works area and level crossing. Failing to stop at a red light may result in a traffic signal fine.
Attempting to bypass tolls gates without paying may result in this fine.
In American Truck Simulator, right turning at a red light is legal and does not incur any fines.
Colliding traffic Edit
Colliding with another car/truck will result in a traffic jam. This is most critical on one-lane roads. Drivers' trucks will receive damage and a fine will be given. The tables may turn and the AI may crash into you but you can still get fined.
Some areas of the game have speed cameras, which are indicated by a sign with a camera on it or a sign in that country's language informing drivers of speed cameras ahead. Some cameras are fixed on a large metal bar that hangs across multiple lanes of traffic over a highway, some cameras are the round ball attached to traffic lights or to light poles, while some are small boxes mounted on the side of the road.
Driving past a speed camera or a police car by exceeding the speed limit for 5 km/h or more will result in a fine.
Until Euro Truck Simulator 2 update 1.36, the amount of the fine was €550 regardless of the driver's speed. Since update 1.37, the height of the fine depends on how much the speed limit is exceeded.
Failed to stop at weigh station Edit
Drivers should stop at weigh stations for the weight inspection unless the station allows the driver to bypass. The message will appear on Route Advisor whether the driver should stop or continue to drive without stopping by.
Illegal trailer Edit
There are three states that the driver is not allowed to haul any longer than an STAA Double trailer: Arizona, California, and New Mexico. If the driver is in the following states that forbidden Long Combination Vehicles, they will be requested to pull in for an inspection at the first weigh station they approach and will end up by getting a fine.
Also in California, commercial trucking is prohibited on the CA 120 road between Oakdale and US 395 in Yosemite. Ignoring the message from the route advisor warning the driver not to drive through Yosemite will receive a fine.
Damaged vehicle Edit
Drivers with their vehicle damaged on the road will get fined if they get requested to pull in for an inspection at the weigh station. Drivers are reminded at the weigh station that their vehicle is not in perfect condition if their vehicle or trailer is 5% or higher. If their damage is 10% or higher, they will get a fine.
- The driver does not rest in the Channel Tunnels.
- If you don't want to get these fines, you can disable it by unchecking "Traffic Offense" in the gameplay settings.
- In real-life, failure to stop at a weigh station, when you have a red light, is called "Flying the Coop", and you can get a $600 fine with $700 added for a second offense, and $1400 if you get stopped by a state trooper.