Traffic fines explained

Types of traffic fines

Traffic violations may be minor, serious or very serious, as detailed in the Traffic, motor vehicles and road safety act (document in Catalan), as amended by Act 18/2009, of 23 November (henceforth referred to as LSV).

Sanctions

  • The penalty for minor violations is a fine of up to €100.
  • The penalty for serious violations is a fine of €200 (except for speeding offences).
  • The penalty for very serious violations is a fine of €500 (except for speeding offences, fines for not identifying drivers which will be double for minor violations, or triple for serious or very serious violations, and those for having a radar inhibitor installed, which will be €6,000).

Payment

For penalty notices issued for minor, serious or very serious violations, with no loss of points, issued either at the scene or by post (except for fines for not identifying the driver and for installing radar inhibitors), the amount will vary depending on whether the payment is made:

  • within 20 calendar days from the day after the notice is issued, the penalty charge is reduced by 50%. The offender waives their right to challenge the penalty charge and to identify the driver, where applicable
  • after 20 calendar days, they will have a further 25 calendar days in which to make the payment without a reduction. If the penalty charge is not paid and no challenge is presented, the enforcement procedure gets under way with the corresponding surcharges.

Once the deadline for paying the penalty charge has passed, the enforcement period begins.

  • The enforcement procedure begins with an enforcement notice issued by the managers of the Institut Municipal d'Hisenda, which identifies the outstanding debt. The surcharges from the enforcement period are added and the offender is required to make the payment. If the payment is not made under the terms established, the offender's goods and assets may be seized.
  • The enforcement surcharge is 5% and is applied on payment of the debt not paid during the voluntary-payment period, before the enforcement notice is issued.
  • Once the enforcement notice is issued the reduced surcharge will be 10% and this should be paid by the deadline stated on the enforcement notice.
  • If the enforcement notice is not paid, the ordinary surcharge will be 20% of the unpaid debt. In addition to the ordinary enforcement surcharge, the offender will have to pay the notification costs and late payment interest calculated at the end of the voluntary period. If payment is not made by the deadline stated in the enforcement notice, a notice will be served to seize the owner's goods and assets.