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Translation validity: 22.08.2017.–12.04.2019.
Amendments not included: 03.04.2019.

Text consolidated by Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre) with amending laws of:

29 May 2009 [shall come into force from 1 July 2009];
20 December 2010 [shall come into force from 1 January 2011];
19 September 2013 [shall come into force from 1 January 2014];
6 November 2013 [shall come into force from 11 December 2013];
19 June 2014 [shall come into force from 1 July 2014];
16 October 2014 [shall come into force from 12 November 2014];
23 November 2016 [shall come into force from 1 January 2017];
28 July 2017 [shall come into force from 22 August 2017].

If a whole or part of a section has been amended, the date of the amending law appears in square brackets at the end of the section. If a whole section, paragraph or clause has been deleted, the date of the deletion appears in square brackets beside the deleted section, paragraph or clause.

The Saeima 1 has adopted
and the President has proclaimed the following Law:

Law on the Road User Charge

Section 1. Purpose of the Road User Charge

The purpose of the road user charge (hereinafter - the user charge) shall be the promotion of maintenance and development of the main and regional State roads, as well as of the use of more environmentally friendly vehicles.

[23 November 2016]

Section 2. Object of the User Charge

(1) The user charge shall be paid for the use of the main and regional State road sections specified in Annex 1 to this Law (except for the crossing thereof at crossroads and the use thereof in populated areas the borders of which are marked with the traffic signs specified in Annex 1.1 to this Law) by the following truck vehicles or compositions thereof (hereinafter - the vehicle):

1) the truck vehicles the laden weight of which exceeds 3000 kilograms;

2) the compositions of the truck vehicles the laden weight of which exceeds 3500 kilograms.

(2) The user charge shall be paid as for a composition of the truck vehicles, provided that the laden weight of a towing vehicle exceeds 3500 kilograms. If the laden weight of the towing vehicle exceeds 3000 kilograms but is less than or equal to 3500 kilograms, the user charge shall only be paid for the towing vehicle.

[28 July 2017 / Amendments in relation to the obligation to pay the user charge also for the vehicles not intended for the carriage of goods by road shall be applicable from 1 January 2018. See Paragraph 1 of Transitional Provisions]

Section 3. User Charge Payers

The user charge shall be paid by the vehicle owner, holder or possessor in accordance with the procedures laid down by the Cabinet.

Section 4. User Charge Rates

(1) The user charge shall be paid according to the emission limits of the vehicle engine and from the number of axles of the vehicle or the vehicle composition for the time period when it is intended to use roads in accordance with the rates prescribed in Annex 2 to this Law. Emission limits of the vehicle engine shall be confirmed by the data of the State Register of Vehicles and Their Drivers. Emission limits of an engine of a vehicle registered abroad and emission limits of an engine of a vehicle registered in Latvia, the data of which have not been indicated in the Register, shall be confirmed by a certificate issued by the vehicle manufacturer or a representative of the vehicle manufacturer on the compliance of the emissions of the vehicle engine with a specific level.

(2) Payment of the daily user charge rate shall give the right to use the main and regional State roads for a period of 24 hours from the time of commencing the use of the roads indicated by the user charge payer.

(3) Payment of the weekly user charge rate shall give the right to use the main and regional State roads for a period of seven continuous days, including the date of commencing the use of the roads indicated by the user charge payer.

(4) Payment of the monthly user charge rate shall give the right to use the main and regional State roads for a period of 30 continuous days, including the date of commencing the use of the roads indicated by the user charge payer.

(5) Payment of the yearly user charge rate shall give the right to use the main and regional State roads for a period of one continuous year from the date of commencing the use of the roads indicated by the user charge payer.

(6) If the emission limits of the engine of a vehicle is not known or there is no type-approval certificate of the vehicle manufacturer or a representative of the manufacturer, the user charge shall be paid in accordance with the prescribed rates for the "EURO 0" limits.

[6 November 2013; 19 June 2014; 23 November 2016]

Section 5. Administration of the Charge

(1) The user charge shall be administered by the State joint stock company "Road Traffic Safety Directorate", State Revenue Service and State joint stock company "Latvian State Reads".

(2) User charge administration shall include all activities, which are related to user charge imposition. User charge collection shall include all activities which are related to acceptance of the user charge payment from the user charge payer and transfer thereof into the Treasury account of the State basic budget revenue by using the electronic service system maintained by the State joint stock company "Road Traffic Safety Directorate". The State joint stock company "Latvian State Roads" and the State joint stock company "Road Traffic Safety Directorate" shall be responsible for ensuring provision of the user charge collection service in the entire territory of the country.

(3) The Cabinet shall determine the procedures for collecting and administering the user charge.

[6 November 2013; 19 June 2014]

Section 5.1 Registration and Supervision of Service Providers of the Electronic Toll Service, and Exclusion Thereof from the Register

The Cabinet shall determine the procedures for registering and supervising service providers of the electronic toll service, as well as the procedures for excluding a service provider from the register.

[16 October 2014]

Section 6. Exemption from Paying the User Charge

(1) The user charge shall not be paid:

1) for vehicles of institutions subordinate to the Ministry of the Interior and for vehicles of educational establishments subordinate to such institutions;

2) for vehicles of institutions subordinate to the Ministry of Defence and the National Armed Forces;

3) for local government police institution vehicles;

4) [20 December 2010];

5) [20 December 2010];

6) [23 November 2016];

7) [23 November 2016];

8) [6 November 2013];

9) [6 November 2013];

10) for emergency vehicles;

11) from 10 July to 30 September of the current year - for the vehicles the owner or holder of which is a natural or legal person who is included in the database of recipients of the Rural Support Service payments:

a) if one vehicle is registered in the ownership or holding of the person, an exemption from the user charge shall be applied for it, provided that income from agricultural production of the taxpayer in the last submitted annual financial statement of the company or in the last submitted annual statement of income is at least EUR 5000 (excluding received State and European Union support for agriculture and rural development);

b) if several vehicles are registered in the ownership or holding of the person, an exemption from the user charge shall be applied for the first one, provided that income from agricultural production of the taxpayer in the last submitted annual financial statement of the company or in the last submitted annual statement of income is at least EUR 5000 (excluding received State and European Union support for agriculture and rural development), and an exemption from the user charge shall be applied for each next vehicle per each income of EUR 70 000 from agricultural production in the last submitted annual account of the company or the last submitted annual statement of income (excluding received State and European Union support for agriculture and rural development).

(2) The Cabinet shall determine the procedures for applying the exemptions referred to in Paragraph one, Clause 11 of this Section.

[20 December 2010; 6 November 2013; 23 November 2016; 28 July 2017 / Amendments regarding supplementation of Paragraph one with Clause 11 and supplementation with Paragraph two shall come into force on 1 January 2018. See Paragraph 2 of Transitional Provisions]

Section 7. Reimbursement of the User Charge

(1) The user charge shall be reimbursed in the following cases:

1) if the vehicle has been removed from the register for bringing it out of Latvia or writing-off. In such case a part of the yearly user charge rate sum shall be reimbursed and it shall be calculated in accordance with the following formula:

amount to be reimbursed = yearly user charge payment x 1/12 x the number of full calendar months remaining of the yearly user charge payment;

2) if the vehicle has been removed from the register for writing-off. In such case a part of the monthly user charge rate sum shall be reimbursed and it shall be calculated in accordance with the following formula:

amount to be reimbursed = monthly user charge payment x 1/30 x the number of days remaining from the date, when a note was made in the State Register of Vehicles regarding removal from the register for writing-off, until the date, when the user charge payment term ends;

3) if the daily, weekly, monthly or yearly user charge rate for one and the same period of time and for one and the same vehicle or vehicle composition has been paid two or more times or a greater user charge has been paid, than has been prescribed by this Law. The amount reimbursed, shall be that which exceeds the rate prescribed for this specific vehicle by this Law;

4) if the user charge has been paid for the vehicle for which the user charge need not be paid. In this case the following shall be reimbursed:

a) the entire paid user charge, provided that the exemption from the payment of the user charge was applicable for the entire time period for which the user charge has been paid;

b) a part of the amount of the monthly user charge rate, provided that the exemption from the payment of the user charge was applicable for part of the time period for which the user charge has been paid, and the amount to be reimbursed shall be calculated in accordance with the following formula:

amount to be reimbursed = monthly user charge payment x 1/30 x the number of days remaining from the date when a time period for the exemption from the payment of the user charge for the vehicle commences until the date when the time period for the exemption from the payment of the user charge for the vehicle ends, or until the date when the time period for the payment of the user charge ends.

(2) [29 June 2009]

(3) If for one and the same vehicle or vehicle composition the yearly user charge rate has been paid and the monthly, weekly or daily user charge rate included in the same period of time has been paid for a vehicle included in this vehicle composition, the amount reimbursed shall correspond to the relevant monthly, weekly or daily rate.

(4) A decision to reimburse the user charge shall be taken by the State Revenue Service.

[29 June 2009; 6 November 2013; 28 July 2017]

Section 8. Control of User Charge Payment

(1) Control of the user charge payments shall be performed by the State Police. The procedures for controlling the payment of user charge shall be prescribed by the Cabinet.

(2) If the State Register of Vehicles and Their Drivers does not contain data on emission limits of a vehicle engine, a vehicle driver has the obligation to present a type-approval certificate of the vehicle upon a request of an official of the State Police.

(3) [6 November 2013]

[6 November 2013; 19 June 2014]

Section 9. Liability for Violations of this Law

Persons shall be held liable for violations of this Law in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the law.

Section 10. Use of the User Charge

[6 November 2013]

Transitional Provisions

[28 July 2017]

1. Amendments regarding the rewording of Section 2 of this Law in relation to the obligation to pay the user charge also for the vehicles not intended for the carriage of goods by road shall be applicable from 1 January 2018.

[28 July 2017]

2. Amendments to Section 6 of this Law regarding the supplementation of Paragraph one with Clause 11 and supplementation with Paragraph two shall come into force on 1 January 2018.

[28 July 2017]

3. The Cabinet shall issue the regulations referred to in Section 6, Paragraph two of this Law by 30 April 2018.

[28 July 2017]

Informative Reference to the European Union Directives

[6 November 2013]

This Law contains norms arising from:

1) Directive 1999/62/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 1999 on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures;

2) Directive 2006/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 amending European Parliament and Council Directive 1999/62/EC of 17 June 1999 on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures;

3) Directive 2011/76/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 September 2011 amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (Text with EEA relevance).

This Law shall come into force on 1 July 2014.

[6 November 2013]

This Law has been adopted by the Saeima on 11 December 2008.

President V. Zatlers

Rīga, 23 December 2008

 

Law On the Road User Charge
Annex 1

The Sections of the Main and Regional State Roads for the Use of Which the User Charge Shall Be Paid

[28 July 2017]

No. Main and regional State road route index Name of the main and regional State road route Section of the main and regional State road for the use of which the user charge shall be paid (km)
from to
1. A1 Rīga (Baltezers)-Estonian Border (Ainaži) 0.0. 101.7.
2. A2 Rīga-Sigulda-Estonian Border (Veclaicene) 0.0. 195.6.
3. A3 Inčukalns-Valmiera-Estonian Border (Valka) 0.0. 123.7.
4. A4 Rīga Bypass (Baltezers-Saulkalne) 0.0. 20.5.
5. A5 Rīga Bypass (Salaspils-Babīte) 0.0. 40.9.
6. A6 Rīga-Daugavpils-Krāslava-Belarus Border (Patarnieki) 0.0. 306.5.
7. A7 Rīga-Bauska-Lithuanian Border (Grenctāle) 0.0. 85.6.
8. A8 Rīga-Jelgava-Lithuanian Border (Meitene) 0.0. 76.1.
9. A9 Rīga (Skulte)-Liepāja 0.0. 199.3.
10. A10 Rīga-Ventspils 0.0. 190.1.
11. A11 Liepāja-Lithuanian Border (Rucava) 0.0. 58.9.
12. A12 Jēkabpils-Rēzekne-Ludza-Russian Border (Terehova) 0.0. 159.2.
13. A13 Russian Border (Grebņeva)-Rēzekne-Daugavpils-Lithuanian Border (Medumi) 9.9. 163.4.
14. A14 Daugavpils Bypass (Kalkūni-Tilti) 0.0. 15.6.
15. A15 Rēzekne Bypass 0.0. 7.1.
16. P5 Ulbroka-Ogre 0.0. 19.9.
17. P80 Tīnūži-Koknese 0.0. 63.6.

 

Law On the Road User Charge
Annex 1.
1

[28 July 2017]

Traffic Signs Marking Borders of Populated Areas

No Picture Name
1. Start of populated area
2. End of populated area
3. Start of populated area
4. End of populated area
5. Name of town or village
6. Name of town or village

 

Law On the Road User Charge
Annex 2

User Charge Rates for the Use of Roads

[23 November 2016; 28 July 2017]

1. For the vehicles the laden weight of which is from 3001 to 3500 kg

User charge rate (EUR)
daily rate weekly rate monthly rate yearly rate
6 14 28 300

2. For the vehicles and compositions thereof the laden weight of which is from 3501 to 12 000 kg

Emission limits for the vehicle engine User charge rate (EUR)
daily rate weekly rate monthly rate yearly rate
EURO 0, I, II 9 22 44 535
EURO III 8 20 40 484
EURO IV and less polluting 8 20 40 400

3. For the vehicles and compositions thereof the laden weight of which is from 12 001 kg

Emission limits for the vehicle engine Number of Axles User charge rate (EUR)
daily rate weekly rate monthly rate yearly rate
EURO 0

EURO I

EURO II

not more than 3 axles 12 30 61 611
not less than 4 axles 12 51 101 1018

EURO III

not more than 3 axles 9 24 48 484
not less than 4 axles 11 40 80 804
EURO IV and less polluting not more than 3 axles 8 21 43 427
not less than 4 axles 11 36 71 711

1 The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia

Translation © 2018 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Saeima Type: law Adoption: 11.12.2008.Entry into force: 01.07.2014.Theme:  Taxes and duties; Transport and communicationPublication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 200, 23.12.2008.; Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Ziņotājs, 2, 29.01.2009.
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