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Contestation of the fine notice
09/23/2019

The amount of the cautioning fine applicable in the written cautioning procedure cannot be contested. However, the law grants the person responsible for the vehicle the right to contest the fine notice within 30 days from the receipt of the notice, i.e., the same term that is given for the payment of the cautioning fine before compulsory execution. The responsible person can contest the fine notice on two legal grounds: the vehicle or its number plate have been stolen or destroyed and competent authorities have been notified of this fact before the time when the act indicated in the fine notice was committed; there were matters of fact that precluded unlawfulness and it can be proved with documents. In both cases, the documentary evidence should be appended to the contestation. The law does not specify any other grounds for contestation of the fine notice.

Additionally, the fine notice will be cancelled if the responsible person submits the details of the person (first and last name, date of birth, personal identification code, driving licence number and residence address) who was actually driving the vehicle. In this case, the cautioning fine will be charged to the person indicated. If the responsible user submits false information or the person indicated contests the fine notice, claiming that he/she was not driving the vehicle, a misdemeanour procedure will be initiated in relation to the responsible person.

Consequently, the cautioning fine cannot be cancelled simply by contesting the fine notice and claiming that the person was not driving the vehicle at the time. If the person who submits the contestation does not submit the required details of the actual user of the vehicle, the person cannot be released from the duty to pay the cautioning fine.

The contestation should be submitted in writing to the same body conducting extra-judicial proceedings that compiled the fine notice. We recommend using the pre-completed contestation form, which is appended to the fine notice. Each contestation form has a unique barcode and all mandatory fields have been pre-completed, which excludes the possibility that contestation will not be reviewed due to incorrect data. The contestation must be authorised by a digital or original signature. Any proof of the facts that precluded unlawfulness should be submitted as original documents.

The contestation should include the following information:

  • the name of the body conducting extra-judicial proceedings that compiled the fine notice and is the recipient of the contestation;
  • the first and last name, residential address, phone number and e-mail address of the contestant if the contestant is a natural person;
  • the name and registry code, or an equivalent combination of numbers and/or letters in the case of foreign legal persons, address of the seat, phone number and e-mail address of the contestant if the contestant is a legal person;
  • if the contestant has a representative, the first and last name, address, phone number and e-mail address of the representative of the contestant;
  • the name and address of the body conducting extra-judicial proceedings that imposed the cautioning fine;
  • the number and date of the fine notice;
  • the content and justification of the appeal of the contestant.



    If the contestation is submitted by a legal person, a local government or a legal person in public law and the person who submits the contestation is not a legal representative of the institution in question, a letter of authorisation (with a digital signature of a legal representative, if submitted in an electronic format) should be appended to the contestation.