Fined by virus. New study on how Russian use transport in March-June

Aug 03, 2020, an analytical website by Sberbank, has analyzed how Russians used transport in March-July 2020.

The total number of paid fines dropped by 14% compared to January-March 2020 in the first two months when restrictions related to the coronavirus were imposed. However, when traffic jams vanished, some drivers wanted to ride dangerously, the number of the speed limit violation by 20-40 km significantly grew during the pandemic. The number of RUB 250 fines increased by 133% in April-March 2020, compared to 2019. It is evident that many car owners preferred to save money and pay traffic fines at a discount. In June-July, when some regions partially lifted restrictions, the fine payment flow dropped by 48%. The number of all types of traffic fines decreased.

The pandemic made Russians use private transport more often. According to SberIndex, they have already used their cars as often as last year. It can be proved by how often they filled up their cars at the gas stations. In the end of June, the number lowered by 56.8%, compared to last year, and the 1.5% y-o-y increase was registered in the last week of the month from June 29 to July 5, 2020. At the same time, the number of trips in public transport is significantly lower than the normal level. The drop by the end of July 2019 is still 26.3% y-o-y. It is evident that Russians try to avoid social contact if possible. 

In general, the number of transport payments lowered by 15% in Russia on July 20-26, compared to last year. However, there are five regions where the activity increased. The significant growth compared to last year was registered in Khabarovsk Territory (+14.7% y-o-y), Krasnodar Territory (+6.7% y-o-y) and Rostov Region (+3.4% y-o-y). SberIndex registered the drop of trips in both largest Russian cities — it was 20% both in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

When publishing the materials, the link to SberIndex (  is mandatory. is an analytical website by Sberbank that illustrates how life in Russia has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, you can find three key indexes on the website, all of them based on anonymized data. These are an incidence model, the consumer activity index, and consumer activity changes. The all-new Business section features the evolution of gross payroll and change in small business activity. The website also has other studies, including all SberData lab ones.

SberData laboratory is a Sberbank initiative designed to process and analyze big data. After aggregating data from payment processors and publicly available sources, bank experts unveil the quantitative characteristics of socio-economic processes in Russia on macroeconomic and microeconomic levels. Only anonymized data is used for analysis, which means no particular customers can be identified behind it. The lab and its studies do not disclose personal information or any trade secrets.