If a driver doubts about whether he has a pending fine, the worst option is for him to be unconcerned. Let him think that if time goes by nothing happens. A quick consultation in the electronic headquarters of the Dirección General de Tráfico avoids a bureaucratic process that is repeated very often and that almost always ends badly.
When an agent imposes a sanction and cannot notify it on the spot -or when a radar detects an infraction- it is usual that in a few weeks a registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt appears in the mailbox of the alleged offender. But it is possible that the letter is misplaced or, more likely, that the driver has moved without notifying the DGT.
The motorist will probably no longer be aware that he has an outstanding fine. He may even suspect that he has committed the infraction and then think he is off the hook, but this is rarely the case. And it will be more expensive in the long run. The fine will be published on the notice board of the Town Hall or in the Official Gazette of the corresponding administration.
1 Types of traffic fines: light, serious and very serious1.1 Light infractions1.2 Serious infractions1.3 Very serious infractions2 When do fines expire?2.1 Deadline to notify a fine2.2 Deadlines to resolve the sanction When do traffic fines expire?3 Is it possible to appeal a traffic fine?4 How to appeal a fine?5 What happens if you do not pay a traffic fine?
Some of them, either by form or by default, are easily appealed, many drivers are unaware that after a certain period of time, these penalties may expire, although all this would not be necessary if we practice efficient driving techniques, which besides being safer and minimizes fuel consumption, prevents certain fines.
The law is not very specific when it comes to defining what is a minor infraction. Any transgression that is not included among the cases of serious or very serious infringements is considered to be minor. These conducts are sanctioned with 100€ and do not entail a loss of points.
I have a fine and I was never notified
The statute of limitations is the maximum time that the Administration must take to notify the offender of the infraction. If this period is exceeded, the driver will not have to pay the fine or lose points on his license.
On the other hand, the statute of limitations for the fine is the time that must pass since an administrative sanction is issued and not collected by the State so that the offender does not have to pay. This means that, once this sanction is notified, the State must initiate the procedure to collect the fine. Otherwise (and this can happen due to errors or confusion), the offender may not be able to collect the fine.
-File an appeal within one month. If the appeal is rejected, you will have to pay 100% of the fine. How can I pay a fine? The Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) has all the information on its website, where it highlights that there are three ways to pay traffic fines:
-Presentially, at ATMs and branches of Caixabank, post offices, headquarters of the Traffic Headquarters or at the time of the infraction (with credit card) as long as they are agents of the Civil Guard.
How long do I have to pay a fine?
Payment at the office of the managing body by bank card (in person). Presentation of the payment receipt issued in a collaborating bank. NOTE: Cash payment will not be accepted at the office of the managing body.
Regulatory references made in other provisions to the articulated text of the Law on Traffic, Circulation of Motor Vehicles and Road Safety, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 339/1990, of 2 March, shall be understood to be made to the corresponding precepts of Royal Legislative Decree 6/2015, of 30 October, approving the revised text of the Law on Traffic, Circulation of Motor Vehicles and Road Safety.