New Administrative Liability Law in force in Latvia

On Wednesday, July 1, the new Administrative Liability Law entered into force, taking the place of the Code of Administrative Violations, issued in 1985, Latvian Television reported on July 1.

From now on, the Code of Administrative Violations, issued in 1985 and changed more than 150 times, is no longer in force. Now there is the Administrative Liability Law, which means not only a change in the name, but that the various punishments will no longer be dealt with in one place, but each in its own separate sectoral legislation.

One of the major changes is that the amount of the administrative penalty will now to be expressed in units rather than the euro. One unit: five euro. The minimum penalty is two units or ten euro and the maximum of 20 thousand for legal persons and two thousand for natural persons. It will be applicable to drunk driving, for which administrative arrest will no longer be due. However, in cases where, for example, the driver has committed a number of offences, the lesser penalties will no longer be added to the greater, but will be accounted for separately for each infringement.

“For example, someone has not fastened the seat belt, police officers find that there was no valid maintenance check and no insurance, all these penalties will come with a separate decision and will have to be paid,” explains Vice-Chair of the State Police Normunds Krapsis.

There will be no longer a year to pay the penalty, but only a month.

Police also warn that in the first months of the introduction of the new system, the penalizing could take more time than usual.

One law has remained pending. Due to political disagreements, there are no longer existing laws in Latvia allowing for punishment for violations of prostitution restrictions.

The police are promising to continue to monitor this area, but they say that it will be almost impossible to apply the punishment.

Until now, a fine of up to 700 has been imposed on individuals for breaching the restrictions on prostitution and EUR 1400 for legal persons. It is now no longer in force, and the Interior Ministry hopes that the new framework could come to the Saeima in the autumn.

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