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Fines for speed limit violations to be increased in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Thursday, 4 June, the Saeima approved amendments to the Latvian Code of Administrative Violations, increasing fines for serious speed limit violations.

«Latvia has the smallest fines for speed limit violations among EU member states. Unfortunately, Latvia is also an anti-leader in terms of the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents per one million residents. These two factors give a clear signal that our policy on fines is not sorted out well enough. Members of the Legal Affairs Committee had no differences in opinions regarding the necessity to increase administrative liability. We did discuss the size of the possible increase,» – said Chairperson of Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee Gaidis Berzins.

Amendments approved by the committee provide for verbal warning to drivers of light-weight cars for violating speed limits up to 10 km/h. Drivers of cargo trucks can expect either a verbal warning or a fine of EUR 10.

For speed limit violations from 11 to 20 km/h, drivers of light-weight cars can expect either a verbal warning or fine of EUR 20 (EUR 40 in populated areas). Drivers of cargo trucks will receive either a verbal warning or fine of EUR 40 (EUR 80 in populated areas).

For exceeding local speed limits from 20 to 30 km/h, drivers of light-weight cars will be fined twice as much – EUR 40 (EUR 80 in populated areas). Drivers of cargo trucks can expect fine of EUR 80 (EUR 160 in populated areas).

For exceeding local speed limits from 31 to 40 km/h drivers of light-weight cars can expect to be fined EUR 80 (EUR 160 in populated areas). Drivers of cargo trucks will be fined EUR 160 (EUR 320 in populated areas).

Fines will be increased even more for more significant violations of speed limits: from EUR 120 to EUR 140 for violating speed limits from 51 to 60 km/h outside of populated areas and EUR 240 to EUR 320 within populated areas with an added measure of revoking driver’s license for up to three months.

Violation speed limit above 60 km/h will carry fine of EUR 360 to EUR 480 with an added measure of revoking of driver’s license for six months. Even stricter measures will be carried out for violations in populated areas with cargo trucks involved – up to EUR 1,040 – 1,400 and revoking of driver’s license for two years.

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