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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIf an administrative penalty or a road traffic violation fine is received, residents can access information regarding fine payment terms, possible consequences and other information at mana.latvija.lv, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry reminds.

The portal mana.latvija.lv section Payment and Appeal of Penalties contains information for residents on how they can use state e-services to find information about administrative penalties: for road traffic violations, creating noise or other problematic situations. «Because the payment term for applied fines is always important, it can help save time to pay fines online,» the ministry explains.

How to find out if a penalty has been applied and how to pay it?

Administrative liability is applicable in Latvia at the age of 14. Administrative liability can be applied both for violations of the law and inaction in situations when public order and state security is at stake. Information on administrative penalties in force can be found at Latvija.lv portal.

Information about fines for road traffic violations can be found and paid in two ways – using e-service View and Payment of Administrative Violations, as well as Road Safety Directorate’s e-CSDD platform.

Latvian Code of Administrative Violations provides that perpetrators who admit their guilt are allowed to pay half of the applied fine. This norm is applicable only when it is mentioned by road traffic police officers.

Municipal penalties and their payment

Administrative penalty for violation of municipal regulations can be applied for acts like unclean property, walking pets without a leash, making noise, etc. A municipal administrative commission decides on application fines.

If residents receive a report from municipal police for committed violations, it needs to mention the time and place they should go to discuss the case with the commission. If this information is absent from the report, a notification is sent to their registered home address or e-mail address to attend a review of the case.

Communication with municipalities or involved state institutions can be done electronically.

Appealing penalties

It is possible to appeal penalties and fines in a relevant institution. If there is no such institution, the case can be taken to court. In court it is possible to appeal decisions made by city or county councils, municipal administrative commissions and Coastal Guard. Decisions can be appealed within ten days.

More information about appealing penalties and complaints can be found at mana.latvija.lv as well.

How to avoid breaching fine repayment term?

If a fine is applied for an administrative violation, it needs to be paid within 30 days from the day the decision was made to apply the fine. If the fine is not paid within the allotted time-frame, the case is handed to a sworn bailiff who then performs enforcement of the fine.


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