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The translation of this document is outdated.
Translation validity: 27.03.2012.–31.12.2012.
Amendments not included: 29.11.2012., 28.03.2013., 21.11.2013., 24.04.2014., 04.09.2014., 30.10.2014., 10.12.2015., 23.11.2016., 27.04.2017., 25.05.2017., 09.11.2017., 12.04.2018., 20.09.2018.

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

20 December 1999 [shall come into force from 24 January 2000];
20 June 2000 [shall come into force from 19 July 2000];
17 July 2000 [shall come into force from 19 July 2000];
15 February 2001 [shall come into force from 13 March 2001];
8 July 2003 [shall come into force from 1 January 2004];
26 May 2005 [shall come into force from 29 June 2005];
15 December 2005 [shall come into force from 1 January 2006];
19 December 2006 [shall come into force from 1 January 2007];
15 February 2007 [shall come into force from 15 March 2007];
27 September 2007 [shall come into force from 1 June 2008];
15 May 2008 [shall come into force from 1 January 2009];
14 November 2008 [shall come into force from 1 January 2009];
19 February 2009 [shall come into force from 18 March 2009];
12 June 2009 [shall come into force from 1 July 2009];
13 May 2010 [shall come into force from 15 June 2010];
9 September 2010 [shall come into force from 1 January 2011];
3 March 2011 [shall come into force from 6 April 2011];
9 June 2011 [shall come into force from 13 July 2011];
15 December 2011 [shall come into force from 1 January 2012];
15 December 2011 [shall come into force from 1 January 2012];
23 February 2012 [shall come into force from 27 March 2012].

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 Saeima1 has adopted and
the President has proclaimed the following Law:

Road Traffic Law

Chapter I
General Provisions

Section 1. Terms Used in this Law

The following terms are used in this Law:

1) road owner - the State, local government, natural or legal person who owns the relevant road on the basis of property rights;

2) road manager - an owner or other natural or legal person to whom the responsibility (management) of the relevant road has been transferred;

3) road - any territory constructed for traffic (motorway, street, boulevard, cross-street and the similar territories in full width, including the carriageway, footpaths, shoulders, central reserve and islands). The road system elements include a road, artificial structures (bridges, viaducts, tunnels, culverts, drainage installations, support walls and other structures), road engineering structures (public transport stopping points, and pavilions, deceleration and acceleration lanes, vehicle parking places, rest areas, bicycle paths and footways, road communication and lighting lines and other engineering structures), technical means of traffic organisation (traffic signs, traffic lights, signal poles, protective barriers, pedestrian barriers, vertical and horizontal road markings and other technical resources);

4) road safety audit - an independent and systematic inspection procedure of projects (also construction designs) and the road network, during which potential dangerous points, where conflict situations may arise, as well as present dangerous points and sections are evaluated from the point of view of road safety and an audit report is drawn up regarding the results of it;

5) road traffic - relations arising from movement on roads with transport vehicles or without them;

6) a road traffic participant - any person, who is on the road or directly participating in road traffic;

7) road traffic accident - an accident that has occurred in road traffic which involves at least one vehicle and as a result of which an individual has died, he or she has been caused physical injury, or damage to the property of a legal or natural person or to the environment has been caused, as well as when an accident has occurred in some other place, where driving with a vehicle is possible, and which involves a vehicle;

8) Road traffic regulations - the regulatory enactment of the Cabinet, which determines the procedures for road traffic and is binding upon natural and legal persons;

9) the dark hours of the day - from nightfall till the end of dawning;

10) pedestrian - a person who moves on the road on foot or by way of an invalid carriage. This term does not apply to persons, who perform work on the carriageway, and to traffic controllers;

101) Intelligent Transport Systems - systems in which information and communication technologies are applied in the field of road transport (including infrastructure, vehicles and users), in traffic management and mobility management, as well as for interfaces with other modes of transport;

11) motor vehicle - a self-propelled vehicle, which move on the road under its own power (including tractor-type machinery and trolley bus), except for rail vehicles;

12) moped - a two wheel or three wheel motor vehicle, the engine's cylinder capacity of which does not exceed 50 cubic centimetres (for engines of the spark ignition type) or the maximum net power of which does not exceed 4 kW (for electric motors or other type internal combustion engines) and the maximum designed speed of which exceeds 25 kilometres per hour but does not exceed 45 kilometres per hour, as well as a four wheel motor vehicle the unladen mass of which does not exceed 350 kilograms (excluding battery mass of electrical vehicles), the engine's cylinder capacity does not exceed 50 cubic centimetres (for engines of the spark ignition type) or the maximum net power of which does not exceed 4 kW (for electric motors or other type internal combustion engines) and the maximum designed speed of which does not exceed 45 kilometres per hour;

13) motorcycle - a two-wheel motor vehicle (with or without a sidecar), the engine's cylinder capacity of which exceeds 50 cubic centimetres and the maximum designed speed of which exceeds 45 kilometres per hour. This term shall apply also to snowmobiles;

14) poor visibility - such conditions (fog, rain, snow and similar conditions), due to which the visibility on the road is less than 300 meters, also during twilight;

15) emergency vehicle - a motor vehicle to which the status of emergency vehicle has been assigned in accordance with the specified procedures and which participates in road traffic with a flashing blue or blue and red special warning lamp switched on and a special audible signal switched on;

151) auxiliary engine - an engine, which is built into the vehicle or installed on it, however, is not utilised for the propulsion of the vehicle;

16) passenger - a person who is present in a vehicle or on it (except for the vehicle driver), as well as a person, who gets into a vehicle, gets out of it or steps out of it;

17) unladen mass - the mass of a vehicle supplied in accordance with the State standard together with a driver, but without passengers and freight;

18) trailer (semi-trailer) - a vehicle that is intended for driving in connection with a mechanical vehicle. This term does not apply to the sidecars of motorcycles;

19) laden mass - the maximum permissible mass specified by the manufacturer together with a driver, passengers and freight. The laden mass for a towing vehicle with a trailer shall be the sum of the laden masses of the towing vehicle and trailer, but for a towing vehicle with a semi-trailer - the sum of the towing vehicle's unladen mass, passengers' mass and semi-trailer's laden mass;

191) specialised vehicle for tourists - a mechanical vehicle, which in connection with one or several trailers intended for carriage of passengers drives following a certain route;

192) special tractor-type machinery - tractor-type machinery, which is not intended for the use in the road traffic by the manufacturer;

20) international transport by road - any carriage by road vehicles, crossing the border of at least one state;

21) tractor-type machinery - a self-propelled vehicle on wheels or caterpillar tracks that moves with its own power, having at least two axles, the main function of which is traction and which is specially designed to tow, push, carry or power certain tools, machinery or trailers, and the use of which for transport of people or loads by roads or traction of vehicles used for transport of people or loads by roads is only a secondary function;

22) tram - a vehicle intended for driving along rails in connection with an external electrical power supply source. This term shall not apply to electric trains;

23) vehicle - a machine, which by its design is intended to be driven on a road with or without the help of an engine;

231) crew member of vehicle -a person who drives a transport vehicle or travels on it in order to transport passengers or freight for commercial purposes or for the personal transport of a natural person or legal person, for whom they work;

24) vehicle owner- a legal or natural person, who owns a vehicle. Within the meaning of this Law an owner of a vehicle of the State or local government shall be considered the direct or mediated State administrative institution on the name of which a vehicle has been registered;

241) technical condition of a vehicle - technical condition and operating characteristics of a vehicle (in general) and certain systems, parts and parameters thereof, as well as provision of a vehicle with vehicle equipment provided for in regulatory enactments;

25) vehicle holder - a natural or legal person, who uses a vehicle on a legal basis (property renting, lease, lending contract etc.). A person who uses a vehicle on the basis of service or employment legal relations shall not be considered as a vehicle holder;

26) technical specifications of vehicle records - set of technical data required for the registration of a vehicle;

27) driver's prescheduled medical check-up - the health examination, in order to specify the presence of medical contraindications, if the driver has driven a vehicle under the influence of alcoholic beverages, narcotic, psychotropic or other intoxicating substances or there is a cause for suspicion, that a driver has medicinal contraindications for driving (illness, injury);

28) driver of the vehicle - a natural person, who is driving a vehicle, including during the period of driving skills examination, which occurs according to the procedures specified in regulatory enactments, or training a person, who does not have a driving licence of the relevant category, to drive a vehicle. This concept applies to a person, who has driven a vehicle, up to the moment, when another person starts to drive this vehicle;

29) possessor of a vehicle - a person under the legal possession of which is a vehicle on the basis of right of inheritance;

30) tricycle and quadricycle - a three-wheel or four-wheel motor vehicle respectively with symmetrically located wheels, the designed maximum speed of which is more than 45 kilometres per hour or which has an internal combustion engine with a cylinder capacity of 50 cubic centimetres or more [unladen mass of the quadricycle does not exceed 400 kilograms (550 kilograms, if it is intended for the transport of freight) and power does not exceed 15 kW];

31) trolleybus - a mechanical vehicle intended for driving on the road in connection with an outer electrical power supply source;

32) bicycle - a vehicle that is intended for driving using the muscle force of a human sitting on it (except for wheelchairs). A bicycle may be equipped with an electric motor, the power of which does not exceed 0.25 kW;

33) towing vehicle - a mechanical vehicle, which is driven in connection with a trailer (semi-trailer).

[15 February 2001; 8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 15 December 2005; 15 February 2007; 19 February 2009; 13 May 2010; 3 March 2011; 9 June 2011; 23 February 2012]

Section 2. Purpose of this Law

The purpose of this Law is:

1) to prescribe the organisational and legal basis for road traffic procedures and road traffic safety in Latvia, in order to protect human life and health, the environment, as well as property owned by natural and legal persons; and

2) to regulate the acquisition of property rights, the rights to hold and to use a vehicle and exploitation rights of motor vehicles, as well as the liability of owners, holders and users.

Section 3. Legal Ground of Road Traffic

(1) The legal ground of road traffic shall be this Law and other laws, Road Traffic Regulations and other regulatory enactments of the Cabinet, State standards, as well as international agreements, to which Latvia is a member state.

(2) The procedures for road traffic shall be determined by the Cabinet, approving the Road Traffic Regulations.

[8 July 2003]

Section 4. Road Traffic Management and Provision of Fulfilment of this Law

(1) General management of road traffic shall be effected by the Cabinet and local government in accordance with the competence thereof.

(2) Road traffic management shall be effected by the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Agriculture in accordance with the competence thereof.

(3) The Ministry of Transport shall organise and co-ordinate the development and implementation of the State policy, as well as shall perform the State supervision upon observance of the laws and other regulatory enactments in the field of road traffic safety. The Minister for Transport shall issue deeds connected with road traffic safety.

(4) The State Police shall ensure the procedures on the roads in accordance with the Law on Police, regulate the movement of vehicles and pedestrians, perform supervision of traffic, control the state of the roads, as well as the technical condition of the technical means for traffic organisation and vehicles.

(5) The Road Traffic Safety Directorate shall register vehicles, grant and annul licences for driving a means of transport and issue driving licences, ensure and maintain the State register of vehicles and their drivers, carry out the State technical inspection of vehicles and control the technical condition of vehicles in operation, the training process of drivers, give the authorisation to participate in road traffic, perform a road safety audit and general supervision, on the basis of the information, which is provided by the Information Centre of the Ministry of the Interior in accordance with the procedures and in the amount specified by the Cabinet, ensure statistics regarding road accidents and analysis thereof, as well as perform other operations connected with road traffic safety in accordance with the competence thereof. The Road Traffic Directorate within the competence thereof shall issue a deed connected with road traffic safety. The Cabinet shall issue regulations regarding the approval of a price list for services of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate specified in the regulatory enactments, as well as determine the range of persons who shall be released from the payment for the referred to services.

(51) The Road Traffic Safety Directorate shall ensure the operation of the Riga Motor Museum, maintain and develop museum holdings as a part of the National museum holdings, ensure the availability of museum values for the public, carry out the scientific research and educating of the public.

(6) The State Technical Supervision Agency shall register the tractor-type machinery and trailers thereof, perform the technical inspection of the tractor-type machinery and trailers thereof, and control operationally the technical condition of existing tractor-type machinery, the process of training process of the tractor-type machinery drivers and instructors, and give permission to participate in road traffic, and grant and annul driving licences for the tractor-type machinery and issue drivers' licences for the tractor-type machinery, as well as shall ensure and maintain an information system for the tractor-type machinery and drivers thereof. The State Technical Supervision Agency shall, for the public services provided, collect a fee in the amount specified by the Cabinet.

(7) The Ministry of Education and Science shall ensure the teaching of the Road traffic regulations and the basics of road traffic safety in pre-school and general school education institutions by programmes co-ordinated with the Road Traffic Safety Directorate.

(8) The Latvian State Roads shall supervise road construction, repair, reconstruction and maintain them in a safe condition in accordance with regulatory enactments and standards in the field of road traffic safety, perform the co-ordination of construction and reconstruction projects of objects connected with road traffic and monitor the traffic organisation and the compliance of the location of the technical means thereof with requirements of the mandatory applicable standards in Latvia and other regulatory enactments.

(9) The Ministry of Agriculture shall develop draft regulatory enactments regarding the road traffic safety issues with respect to the tractor-type machinery and the use of trailers thereof in the road traffic, as well as implement the monitoring of the State Technical Supervision Agency in accordance with the procedures specified in regulatory enactments.

[15 February 2001; 8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 15 December 2005; 15 February 2007; 19 February 2009; 13 May 2010; 9 June 2011]

Section 4.1 Trade in Vehicles and Units Bearing Identification Numbers thereof

(1) Trade in vehicles and units bearing identification numbers thereof (vehicle bodywork, cabins or frames upon which the vehicle manufacturer indicates a vehicle identification number) is the selling of such goods in the performance of commercial activities.

(2) A merchant who according to the procedures specified in regulatory enactments has installed and registered a vehicle trade location, has the right to engage in the trade of vehicles (except for trams, trolley-busses and bicycles) and units bearing identification numbers thereof.

(3) The trade location in vehicles and units bearing identification numbers thereof (except for tractor-type machinery, trailers and units bearing identification numbers thereof) shall be registered by the Road Traffic Safety Directorate. The trade location in tractor-type machinery, trailers and units bearing identification numbers thereof shall be registered by the State Technical Supervision Agency. The procedures for the registration of vehicle trade locations shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(4) The requirements for the trade in vehicles and numbered units thereof, as well as for the use of the State registration number plate for trade shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[15 December 2005; 15 February 2007; 13 May 2010]

Chapter II
Basic Rules of Transport Safety on Roads

Section 5. Requirements in Respect of Road Equipping

Any road shall be equipped with the necessary road engineering structures and technical means of traffic organisation in accordance with the requirements of mandatory standards, technical norms and regulations.

Section 6. Duties of the Road Manager

(1) The road manager has a duty:

1) to ensure, that the road is continuously maintained in a state safe for traffic in accordance with the regulatory enactments and standards in the field of road traffic safety;

2) to organise the traffic and ensure the maintaining of the road, artificial structures and engineering structures thereof, as well as the technical means of traffic organisation in working condition in accordance with the regulatory enactments and standards in the field of road traffic safety;

3) to ensure, that obstacles, which disturb the traffic and endanger safety thereof, shall be eliminated, but, in case it is not possible, to ensure the equipping of the dangerous places with the appropriate technical means of traffic organisation until the elimination of such obstacles;

4) to ensure that road accidents are analysed thus constantly improving the traffic organisation;

5) to control the procedures for performance of road works;

6) to ensure performance of the road safety audit;

7) to fulfil the prescripts of the officials of the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Interior, which have been issued within the competence thereof, within the periods of time and in accordance with the procedures specified; and

8) to pay damages to persons, which have arisen to them in the case of non-fulfilment of these duties.

(2) The Cabinet shall determine the procedures for road safety auditing and the certification procedures for road safety auditors.

(3) The daily requirements for maintenance of the State and local government motorways and the procedures for the control of the fulfilment thereof shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 15 December 2005]

Section 7. Road Construction, Repair and Reconstruction Design

(1) Projects for the construction, repair and reconstruction of engineering structures and railway level crossings shall comply with the Laws and other regulatory enactments in effect and road traffic safety regulations. The compliance of the projects with the referred to requirements shall be approved by a designer. Projects shall be co-ordinated with the Latvian State Roads.

(2) An opinion shall be received from the Latvian State Roads regarding the compliance of the road construction, repair and reconstruction objects to be put into service with the regulatory enactments and standards in the field of road traffic safety.

[15 February 2001; 8 July 2003; 26 May 2005]

Section 8. Restriction or Prohibition of Traffic

(1) The road manager may temporarily restrict or prohibit traffic, if unfavourable road, climatic or other conditions have arisen (sports competitions, public events etc. are intended), which endanger traffic safety. The procedures for the restriction or prohibition of traffic shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(2) The police officials and other officials, who are authorised for that by laws and other regulatory enactments, may restrict or prohibit traffic within the competence thereof in special emergency cases while performing service duties.

(3) During an emergency situation and state of exception the road traffic restrictions may be determined in accordance with the regulatory enactments regarding emergency situations and state of exception.

[8 July 2003; 9 June 2011]

Chapter III
Vehicles and Registration Thereof

Section 9. Use of Vehicles in Road Traffic

(1) In the territory of Latvia in road traffic it is allowed to use registered vehicles, the design and technical condition of which comply with the requirements of mandatory applicable standards and norms, in respect of which the vehicle owner's compulsory third party liability insurance of land means of transport has been performed and which have been allowed to participate in road traffic.

(2) Motor vehicles, except for motor-cycles, tricycles, quadricycles, trolley buses and tractor-type machinery shall have two State registration number plates, but motor-cycles, tricycles, quadricycles, mopeds, tractor-type machinery, mopeds and trailers - one State registration number plate. Plates shall be attached to the place intended for such purpose. Two registration numbers shall be painted on the trolley buses, trams and specialised vehicles for tourists.

(21) If a device intended for transport of bicycles or additional baggage is installed on a vehicle and such device or baggage to be transported with it covers the installed number plate, the vehicle may be granted one number plate marked with the identical combination of symbols, if the manufacturer of the device has intended the place for the installation of the number plate.

(3) The conditions for the use of specialised vehicles for tourists, the type of vehicles and itinerary shall be determined by the relevant local government upon evaluation of the criteria of public necessity and safety thereof.

(4) It is prohibited to drive an automobile, which is permanently registered in a foreign state, in the road traffic in the territory of Latvia, except the cases referred to in Paragraph five of this Section, for a person who is a citizen or non-citizen of Latvia, as well as for a person who has received a registration certificate, a permanent residence certificate or residence permit issued in Latvia.

(5) The persons referred to in Paragraph four of this Section may drive an automobile permanently registered in a foreign state in the territory of Latvia in the following cases:

1) a person is driving the automobile, which is leased (rented) by a person carrying out entrepreneurial activities registered in a foreign state who is dealing with automobile leasing (renting) and the driver of the vehicle attests it with a lease (rent) contract of the vehicle and a vehicle registration licence issued in a foreign state where the grantor (leaseholder) of the vehicle is indicated as the owner (holder, possessor) of the vehicle;

2) a person is driving the automobile in the presence of the owner (holder, possessor) of the vehicle or an authorised person thereof who is not the person referred to in Paragraph four of this Section;

3) a person is engaged abroad in paid employment or is studying in the educational institution or in the company that is located abroad, or carrying out entrepreneurial activities as an individual merchant or self-employed person abroad;

4) a person is the owner (participant) or official of such right-holder registered in a foreign state, which is carrying out entrepreneurial activities;

5) a person holds an elected office in a decision-making body of a local government of another European Union Member State;

6) a permit (registration certificate) for residence in foreign states has been issued to the person;

7) the automobile is driven by a person who is his or her spouse, the first degree relative (including adoptee or adopter) or the second degree relative of such owner (holder, possessor) of the automobile who may drive the referred to vehicle in the territory of Latvia in accordance with the provisions of this Section; and

8) in case other than referred to in Clauses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 of this Paragraph, but for not more than five days counting from the day when a person in compliance with the Cabinet Regulation referred to in Paragraph six of this Section has received a permit to participate in the road traffic and not more than two times per calendar year.

(6) So that the person referred to in Paragraph four of this Section could drive an automobile in the territory of Latvia in the road traffic in the cases provided for in Paragraph five of this Section, he or she shall receive a permit for participation in the road traffic from the Road Traffic Safety Directorate. The Cabinet shall determine the cases and procedures, by which the Road Traffic Safety Directorate grants and withdraws a permit for participation in the road traffic for the persons referred to in Paragraph four of this Section.

[26 May 2005; 19 February 2009; 13 May 2010; 3 March 2011; 9 June 2011]

Section 10. Vehicle Registration

(1) Vehicles involved in the road traffic shall be registered:

1) by local governments in accordance with the procedures specified by them - trams, trolley buses and specialised vehicles for tourists;

2) by the State Technical Supervision Agency - tractor-type machinery and trailers thereof; and

3) by the Road Traffic Safety Directorate - other mechanical vehicles and trailers thereof.

(11) The registration of the vehicles involved in the road traffic referred to in Paragraph one, Clauses 2 and 3 of this Section shall be performed within five days after the date of acquisition of vehicles or bringing in of vehicles acquired abroad.

(12) The vehicles referred to in Paragraph one, Clauses 2 and 3 of this Section, which are registered in a foreign country, shall be registered in Latvia if they are located in Latvia for more than three months, take part in the road traffic and their owners are foreigners or legal persons (unions of persons with legal capacity) registered in a foreign state.

(13) The registration of the vehicles involved in the road traffic and referred to in Paragraph one, Clauses 2 and 3 of this Section shall be performed in the following cases:

1) within five days if the owner (holder, possessor) indicated in the registration certificate of the vehicle or any of the technical specifications of the records is changed;

2) until the next technical inspection or until departure with this vehicle from the State if the name, surname or firm name of the holder indicated in the registration certificate of the vehicle is changed; or

3) until departure with the vehicle from the State, if the name, surname or firm name of the vehicle owner indicated in the registration certificate of the vehicle is changed and the owner himself or herself or a person who is not indicated in the registration certificate of the vehicle leaves the State with this vehicle.

(14) The procedures for registration and removal from the register of the vehicles involved in the road traffic and referred to in Paragraph one, Clauses 2 and 3 of this Section shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(2) A vehicle shall be registered on the name of its owner (natural person or legal person). If a vehicle has several owners, it shall be registered on the name of a co-owner - a natural or legal person - upon mutual agreement of all co-owners.

(21) A person, who is not a citizen or non-citizen of Latvia and who has not received a registration certificate, permanent residence certificate or residence permit issued in Latvia, may register a vehicle in Latvia for a time period up to six months.

(3) Vehicles owned by the State or local government shall be registered on the name of its direct or indirect administrative institution of the State, which acts with these vehicles in accordance with the procedures specified in laws and other regulatory enactments.

(4) Before a judgement of a court regarding the inheritance or receipt of an inheritance certificate the possible heir, upon presentation of documents certifying this fact, may register a vehicle on his or her name as the vehicle possessor. If the possible heirs are several, they may agree, which one of them will be the vehicle possessor. The drawing up of this agreement, as well as other operations to be performed in respect of the vehicle, which concern the rights of other possible heirs, shall be done in the Road Traffic Safety directorate or in the State Technical Supervision Agency respectively at the presence of all possible heirs or under the condition, that a written consent, which is attested by a notary or other person indicated in Section 1474 of the Civil Law, by all possible heirs has been submitted. Alienation of this vehicle shall be prohibited up to the judgement of a court or receipt of an inheritance certificate.

(5) A vehicle shall be registered on the name of such natural person, who has reached the age of 18 or who in accordance with Section 220 of the Civil Law has been proclaimed as a person of legal-age, except for the cases, when a vehicle is only inherited by minors. If a vehicle is only inherited by minor persons (one or several), it shall be registered on the name of the minor person and the data regarding his or her guardian shall be indicated in the registration certificate.

(6) Vehicles, which in accordance with Section 24 of this Law are allowed to be driven from the age of 14 or 16, may be registered on the name of a natural person, who has reached the age of 16 upon the consent of his or her parents (guardians).

(7) Technological units-trailers, which are transferred temporarily along the roads in the territory of Latvia, shall not be registered in Latvia. Inventory and procedures for the transfer of technological units-trailers shall be regulated by the Road Traffic Regulations.

(8) It is prohibited to register:

1) motor vehicles, which according to their design are intended for driving on the left side of the road. This requirements shall not apply to specialised mail vehicles, specialised road service vehicles, specialised vehicles intended for waste disposal, vehicles which according to the procedures specified in regulatory enactments are to be registered as historical self-propelling vehicles, and vehicles which are imported from abroad temporarily;

2) motor vehicles (except for tractor-type machinery and trailers thereof) and trailers, of which the international manufacturer identification code has not been assigned to the manufacturers. The international manufacturer identification code shall be assigned in accordance with the State standard LVS 88:1997 Transportlīdzekļu marķēšana [Marking of Vehicles]. This requirement shall not apply to vehicles, which are previously registered abroad;

3) wood lorries the dimensions of which exceed the values provided for in the Road Traffic Regulations.

(9) The Road Traffic Safety Directorate or the State Technical Supervision Agency shall refuse vehicle registration, if the vehicle register has the information, that a vehicle or units bearing identification numbers thereof have been declared missing or there is a cause for suspicion, that the unit numbers or other data required for registration, which the manufacturer has indicated on a vehicle or presented number plate, or the documents submitted for registration are false. The Road Traffic Safety Directorate or the State Technical Supervision Agency shall immediately inform the State police regarding the decision taken and justification thereof, as well as transfer to it the documents submitted for registration and number plates, if there are suspicions regarding forgery of number plates. The State Police shall examine and inform the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or the State Technical Supervision Agency, whether there is the right to register the respective vehicle in the vehicle register.

[20 June 2000; 8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 26 May 2005; 15 February 2007; 19 February 2009; 13 May 2010; 3 March 2011]

Section 10.1 State Fee for Registration of Vehicles to be Registered with the State Technical Supervision Agency

The State fee for registration of vehicles shall be paid before registration of vehicles with the State Technical Supervision Agency. The rates, procedures for the payment and exemptions from the State fee for registration of vehicles to be registered with State Technical Supervision Agency shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[26 May 2005; 9 June 2011]

Section 10.2 Bicycle Registration

(1) Registration of bicycles is voluntary and it is allowed to participate in the road traffic also with non-registered bicycles.

(2) Bicycle registration shall be carried out by the Road Traffic Safety Directorate.

(3) Legal regulation determined in Sections 9, 10, 10.1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15.1, 16 and 17 of this Chapter shall not be applicable in respect of bicycles.

(4) The procedure for the registration of bicycles shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[13 May 2010]

Section 11. Documents Required for Vehicle Registration

(1) The following documents shall be submitted to the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or the State Technical Supervision Agency respectively for a vehicle registration:

1) submission for registration. If a vehicle is owned by several owners, all operations to be performed in respect of the vehicle, which concern the rights of other co-owners, shall be done in the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or in the State Technical Supervision Agency respectively at the presence of all co-owners or under condition, that a written consent, which is attested by a notary or other person indicated in Section 1474 of the Civil Law, by all co-owners has been submitted. If the co-owners cannot agree on the name of which co-owner the vehicle will be registered, the dispute shall be settled by a court;

2) documents, which attest the technical specification of the vehicle records (for a previously registered vehicle - registration certificate, for a previously non-registered vehicle - a document issued by the manufacturer of the vehicle or an authorised representative thereof and other documents, which attest to the origin or fact of sale of a particular vehicle);

3) [13 May 2010]; and

4) a document certifying proprietary rights (if a vehicle has not been previously registered on the name of the person indicated in a submission) or documents attesting, that the person is the possessor of the vehicle (if a vehicle is registered on the name of the possessor before the receipt of a judgement of a court regarding inheritance or receipt of an inheritance certificate).

(2) If a vehicle is the joint property of spouses, a spouse, on the name of which a vehicle has been registered, in the case of alienation (sale, gift, change) thereof shall be attested in writing, that the other spouse has no claims in respect of the alienation of the vehicle.

(3) If a vehicle re-registration of a vehicle from the owner's (alienor) name to the name of another person (acquirer) is performed at the presence of both persons or authorised persons thereof in the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or the State Technical Supervision Agency respectively, the acquirer shall not submit a document attesting proprietary rights. These cases apply only to vehicles, which have been registered previously in the Republic of Latvia and to the acquirers of which a registration certificate will be issued.

[8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 13 May 2010]

Section 12. Documents Attesting Proprietary Rights

(1) In order to register a vehicle, the owner thereof shall submit documentary evidence regarding the legal acquisition of the vehicle. The documents need not be submitted if an alienator has made a note in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers regarding the transfer of the vehicle into the ownership of the acquirer.

(2) Documents, by which proprietary rights are to be proved:

1) an extract from the notarial deed book or agreement attested in accordance with the specified procedures (Section 1474 of the Civil law) regarding the alienation of a vehicle (gift, purchase, exchange or something similar), an agreement of division of joint property or an agreement regarding the termination of a joint property;

2) an inheritance certificate, a judgement of a court regarding inheritance, division of a heritage, joint property or joint estate of spouses, recognition of ownership rights and the acquisition thereof by prescript or on another basis for the acquisition of ownership rights provided for in the Civil Law.

3) a billing statement, which is issued by a merchant engaged in trade in vehicles;

4) a document regarding the acquisition of a vehicle abroad;

5) a deed regarding the transfer of a vehicle registered in the Republic of Latvia and owned by an alienator - legal person into the ownership of the acquirer;

6) a deed regarding the transfer of a vehicle owned by the insurance policy holder - a legal person or natural person - in the ownership of the insurer provided for in the Law On Insurance Companies and Supervision Thereof in connection with the occurrence of the insurable event;

7) a document regarding a vehicle legally won in a lottery or in other way;

8) a documents regarding the legitimisation of a vehicle manufactured or rebuilt in Latvia;

9) a statement from archives and other documents certifying the proprietary rights.

(3) The following information shall be indicated in all these documents: the owner's name and surname (name of a legal person), address and technical records of the vehicle (registration number, make, model, unit numbers, registration certificate number) in such amount, which gives the possibility to identify a certain vehicle.

(4) If a vehicle has been imported into Latvia from abroad, in addition to the documents certifying proprietary rights a document, that the importation of the vehicle has been documented in accordance with the procedures specified by Customs, shall be submitted to the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or the State Technical Supervision Agency respectively.

[8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 15 December 2005; 15 February 2007; 19 February 2009]

Section 13. Vehicle Registration Certificate

(1) The vehicle registration certificate is a document, in which the technical records of a vehicle shall be indicated, as well as data regarding the owner (possessor, holder) of the vehicle.

(2) Only one registration certificate shall be issued to each vehicle. It shall not exclude the possession of a vehicle to several owners.

(3) If a vehicle is owned by several owners, a registration certificate shall be issued on the name of one co-owner with a mark "joint property".

[8 July 2003; 26 May 2005]

Section 14. Registration of a Vehicle Alienation, Registration and other Prohibitions, as well as Registration of a Commercial Pledge Mark

(1) Vehicle alienation, registration and other prohibitions, as well as a commercial pledge mark shall be registered and deleted in the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or the State Technical Supervision Agency respectively. In the cases determined by the regulatory enactments a prohibition shall also be registered by other persons - in such cases, if the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or the State Technical Supervision Agency ensures it in the relevant register, registration shall be performed electronically.

(2) Vehicle alienation, registration and other prohibitions, as well as a commercial pledge mark shall be registered on the basis of the regulatory enactments, a submission of the owner (identifying the submitter) indicated in the registration certificate of a vehicle or a decision of the officials specified in the law, or the adjudication of court. A prohibition shall be cancelled on the basis of regulatory enactments, a submission of that person, by the initiative of which a prohibition has been registered, a decision of the officials specified in the law or the adjudication of court. If a submission is submitted by an authorised person on behalf of the owner indicated in the registration certificate of a vehicle, a special reference to register or cancel the prohibition note shall be included in the authorisation. An authorisation requires a notarised certification or certification of any other person specified in Section 1474 of the Civil Law.

(21) Prohibitions of alienation, registration or other prohibitions of a vehicle owned by an insolvent debtor shall be registered and deleted electronically by the insolvency administrator of the debtor.

(3) If the prohibition of vehicle alienation, registration or other prohibition has been registered, a vehicle may not be deleted from the register for alienation or bringing out of the state, a commercial pledge mark and change of owners may not be registered or other activities indicated in the registered prohibition may not be performed.

(4) A commercial pledge mark shall be entered in the respective vehicle register on the basis of the true copy, extract or copy of the application of the commercial pledger and the commercial pledgee, which is received from the holder of the Commercial Pledge Register. A mark shall be registered, if there are no legal obstacles for the pledging of the respective vehicle. The holder of the Commercial Pledge Register shall be informed regarding the registration of a mark or the refusal to register.

(5) If a prohibition to take out or drive out with it from Latvia has been specified for a commercial pledger, pledging a vehicle, this prohibition shall also be indicated in the respective vehicle register. A new registration certificate of a vehicle with a prohibition note shall be issued to him or her upon the request of the owner of a vehicle.

(6) It is prohibited to delete from the register a pledged vehicle upon the request of the owner or register a change of owners without the consent of the commercial pledgee regarding which information from the holder of the Commercial Pledge register shall be requested.

(7) In the case of the utilisation of the commercial pledge rights a submission for the deleting of a vehicle from the register or re-registration shall be submitted by the commercial pledgee. A true copy of a notification submitted to the holder of the Commercial Pledge Register with a note, that an adjudication of a court regarding the prohibition to sell pledged property for a commercial pledgee or a notification in electronic form with such content has not been received from the Commercial Pledge Register, shall be attached in addition to a submission.

(8) A note of the commercial pledge shall be deleted on the basis of the notification from the holder of the Commercial Pledge register.

[8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 15 February 2007; 23 February 2012]

Section 14.1 Accessibility of Information Present in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers

(1) Information regarding the vehicle owned by a natural person, identifying the personal data, is restricted access information and it may only be obtained by law enforcement institutions, the State and local government institutions, as well as persons specified by the Cabinet, to whom such information is necessary for the performance of work or service functions.

(2) Information regarding a vehicle owned by a legal person, regarding the rights of a person to drive a vehicle, regarding penalties of the person, which have been applied regarding road traffic violations, not paid within a time period prescribed by the law, as well as other information present in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers is generally accessible information.

(3) A vehicle owner (possessor, holder) is entitled to receive all information regarding his or her vehicle present in the State register of Vehicles and Drivers, including the information regarding the persons which have committed administrative violations with the respective vehicle, regarding the penalties imposed to these persons and amount thereof, regarding prohibitions applied to a vehicle etc.

(4) A vehicle owner (holder, possessor) is entitled to obtain information regarding persons, who have received the information specified in Paragraph one of this Section regarding him or her from the Road Traffic Safety Directorate, except for information regarding the State authorities, which are performers of criminal proceedings, manager of the body performing investigatory operations, bodies performing investigatory operations, or other authorities regarding such information that they are prohibited to reveal by the law.

(5) The Road Traffic Safety Directorate shall register only those persons who have obtained the restricted access information referred to in Paragraph one of this Section.

(6) The recipient of the information referred to in Paragraph one of this Section shall be liable regarding, that the relevant information is used only for the performance of his or her work or service functions and is not entitled to transfer it to third persons.

(7) In providing statistical information or other information of a general character, the Road Traffic Safety Directorate shall ensure that it is not possible to identify the owner of the particular vehicle.

(8) The procedures, by which the information present in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers is to be requested and provided to the public, as well as the scope of available information, shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(9) The Road Traffic Safety Directorate, on the basis of the information provided to the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers by the State Police, shall notify the owner of a vehicle, that the user of the respective vehicle has not got the right to drive.

(10) Records in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers have public credibility.

(11) Provision of the information present in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers to foreign competent institutions shall be permissible by taking into account the international agreements binding on Latvia and European Union legislation.

[15 December 2005; 15 February 2007; 23 February 2012]

Section 15. Manufacture and Rebuilding of Vehicles

(1) In Latvia vehicles may be manufactured by a capital company registered in accordance with the specified procedures and for which standard technical documentation for the construction of newly designed vehicles has been developed, co-ordinated and registered and to which an international identification code of manufacturer has been granted (except for tractor-type machinery and trailers thereof).

(2) Standard technical documentation for construction of newly designed vehicles (except for tractor-type machinery), and trailers thereof shall be co-ordinated with and the international identification code of the manufacturer shall be granted by the Road Traffic Safety Directorate in accordance with the procedures specified by the Cabinet.

(3) The installation, modification, replacement or disassembly of units, sub-assemblies, systems, equipment of vehicles as a result of which the vehicle's technical records or main construction parameters are changed, shall be considered as the rebuilding of vehicles.

(4) The relevant opinion from the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or a person of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate accredited for this purpose regarding the compliance of the rebuilt motor vehicles and trailers thereof (except for tractor type machinery and trailers thereof) and technical designs for rebuilding of mopeds or motor vehicles, trailers thereof (except for tractor type machinery and trailers thereof) rebuilt individually with the requirements of traffic safety and technical norms shall be received. In evaluating the rebuilt motor vehicles or the trailers thereof conformity to the requirements of regulatory enactments, the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or a person of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate accredited for this purpose in addition shall control that the discharge of polluting substances, which are caused by the auxiliary engines, which are built in for use in vehicles intended for road traffic or installed on them, do not exceed the emission limit values specified in environmental protection regulating regulatory enactments.

(5) The opinion regarding the compliance of the rebuilt tractor-type machinery with the requirements of traffic safety and technical norms shall be received from the State Technical Supervision Agency.

(6) The procedures for the performance of vehicle rebuilding, the requirements in respect of vehicle design and equipment after the rebuilding, as well as the procedures, by which the opinion regarding the compliance of the vehicle with the requirements of traffic safety and technical norms is to be received, shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[26 May 2005; 15 February 2007; 3 March 2011]

Section 15.1 Conformity Assessment of Vehicles and the Components thereof

(1) In order to ensure the conformity of motor vehicles and tractor-type machinery, the trailers and components thereof to safety, ecological and harmlessness requirements, conformity assessment thereof shall be performed.

(2) The certification of motor vehicles (except for tractor-type machinery, the components and trailers thereof), the trailers and components thereof shall be performed by the Road Traffic Safety Directorate, but testing - by the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or a testing laboratory the competence of which has been evaluated by the Standardisation, Accreditation and Metrology Centre. The Road Traffic Safety Directorate in performing the conformity assessment of motor vehicles or the trailers thereof shall in addition control that the discharge of polluting substances, which are caused by the auxiliary engines, which are built in for use in vehicles intended for road traffic or installed on them, do not exceed the emission limit values specified in environmental protection regulating regulatory enactments.

[26 May 2005; 15 February 2007; 14 November 2008; 12 June 2009; 3 March 2011]

Section 16. Periodic Technical Inspection of Vehicles and the Technical Road Side Inspection of Vehicles

(1) The periodic technical inspection of vehicles shall be performed to control the technical condition of vehicles, as well as to update the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers and informative system of tractor-type machinery and drivers thereof, to discover missing vehicles and perform the control functions specified in regulatory enactments, which are related with participation in road traffic. In order to constantly control the technical condition of vehicles, which participate in road traffic and which are used for commercial transport, technical road side inspection of such vehicles shall be performed.

(2) If during the periodic technical inspection of vehicles it is determined, that a vehicle is in running order and complies with the requirements of traffic safety and environmental protection and the requirements specified in other regulatory enactments connected with participation of vehicles in road traffic (for example, annual fee of a vehicle has been paid, fine imposed has been paid and the vehicle owner's compulsory third party liability insurance has been made) have been fulfilled, the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or the State Technical Supervision Agency respectively shall issue a permit to participate in road traffic. A permit to participate in road traffic is attested by the documents and stickers specified in Section 25, Paragraph one of this Law, which are the printouts from the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers.

(3) The periodic technical inspection of motor vehicles and trailers thereof (except tractor-type machinery and trailers thereof) shall be performed by the Road Traffic Safety Directorate, but the control of the technical condition of a vehicle within the scope of the technical control of vehicles - by the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or by a person accredited in the Road Traffic Safety Directorate for such purpose. The accredited person may not perform commercial activities simultaneously, which are connected with the trade, maintenance, repair or renewal of vehicles, as well as the technical control of the vehicles owned (possessed, held) by him or her.

(4) The periodic technical inspection of tractor-type machinery and trailers thereof shall be performed by the State Technical Supervision Agency. The technical control of trams, trolley busses and specialised vehicles for tourists shall be ensured by the local governments. The periodic technical inspection of special tractor-type machinery shall not be performed.

(5) The periodic technical inspection of vehicles shall be performed not later than within five days after the first registration of the respective vehicle in Latvia. Further periodic technical inspections shall be performed in accordance with the time period indicated in the permit for participation in road traffic.

(6) A permit for the participation in road traffic shall be granted for 12 months, but in order to ensure a smooth division of the number of vehicles per year by months, this time period may be specified by up to 13 months. A permit for the participation in road traffic for a bus, passenger taxi, as well as for a vehicle intended for driver training and respectively registered, shall be granted for six months, but in order to ensure a smooth division of number of vehicles per year by months, this term may be specified for a time period up to seven months.

(61) The first periodic technical inspection of tractor-type machinery the duration of the engine running of which does not exceed 250 engine hours - except for public utility self-propelled tractor-type machinery, universal self-propelled machines and earth-moving machinery - corresponding to driving licences of A, B and D category tractor-type machinery previously non-registered in Latvia or abroad shall be performed not later than 24 months after the registration of the relevant vehicle for the first time in Latvia. In registering such vehicles, a permit for the participation in road traffic is granted concurrently for 24 months. Further periodic technical inspections shall be performed and a permit for the participation in road traffic shall be granted by observing the provisions of Paragraph five, second sentence and Paragraph six of this Section. If in performing technical road side inspection of vehicles, non-compliance of such tractor-type machinery with the requirements of the regulatory enactments is determined, the relevant permit for the participation in road traffic shall be cancelled in the cases provided for and in accordance with the procedures determined in the Cabinet Regulation referred to in Paragraph seven of this Section.

(62) Provisions of this Law regarding issuance of a permit for the participation in road traffic and periodic technical inspection of vehicles shall not apply to:

1) the control of the technical condition of trams, trolleybuses and specialised vehicles for tourists that is ensured by local government. A city council of local government shall issue regulations that determine the relevant control authorities, the competence thereof and procedures for the implementation of the control of the technical condition;

2) mopeds and off road vehicles that temporary participate in the road traffic; and

3) vehicles that have been registered abroad and that participate in the road traffic with a transit number plates.

(7) The procedures, by which the periodic technical inspection of vehicles and the technical road side inspection of vehicles are performed, shall be determined by the Cabinet. The requirements in respect of the technical condition of vehicles, as well as the evaluation criteria for the fulfilment of these regulations shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(8) A contestation and appeal of a decision regarding a permit to participate in road traffic shall not suspend the operation thereof.

[8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 19 February 2009; 9 June 2011; 15 December 2011]

Section 17. Emergency Vehicles

Legal persons, the list of which, as well as the procedures for the use of emergency vehicles shall be approved by the Cabinet, are entitled to use emergency vehicles. Emergency vehicles shall be marked and equipped in accordance with the requirements of the mandatory standards in the Republic of Latvia.

Section 18. Prohibition to Participate in Road Traffic

It is prohibited to participate in road traffic with a vehicle, as well as to drive in Latvia in the following cases:

1) a vehicle has damages specified in regulatory enactments due to which it may not drive;

2) a permit to participate in road traffic has not been received, also the vehicle owner's compulsory third party liability insurance has not been performed;

3) unauthorised dangerous goods are carried or there is a leakage of dangerous goods;

4) dimensions with a cargo or without it of a vehicle (vehicle composition), actual mass or axle weight exceeds the values provided for in the Road Traffic Regulations and has not got the relevant permit for driving on the road; or

5) the requirements regulated in the Road Traffic Regulations regarding placement and securing of cargo have been violated.

[8 July 2003]

Chapter IV
Duties and Rights of Participants in Road Traffic

Section 19. General Duties and Rights of Participants in Road Traffic

(1) Participants in road traffic shall fulfil the requirements of this Law, the Road Traffic Regulations and other regulatory enactments, which determine the duties of participants in road traffic; shall fulfil instructions of police officers and instructions of those persons, which have been authorised to regulate the traffic, as well as shall observe the requirements of traffic light signals, road signs and road designations.

(2) If an emergency vehicle approaches, other road users shall give way to it, in order that the emergency vehicle and vehicles, which are escorting it, may drive without hindrance.

(3) Participants in road traffic and other persons shall act in such a way, as not to cause dangerous or troublesome situations in the traffic and not to cause damages.

(4) Each participant in road traffic has the right to consider, that other persons also fulfil the requirements specified in the Road Traffic Law.

(5) A driver has the right to know the reason for the stoppage of his or her vehicle, as well as the name, surname and position of an official, who has stopped him or her.

[8 July 2003; 26 May 2005]

Section 20. Duties and Rights of Vehicle Owners, Possessors and Holders

(1) A vehicle owner (possessor, holder) has the duty to perform everything necessary in order that vehicles in his or her use, to which a permit to participate in the road traffic has not been given or to which a prohibition to participate in road traffic apply, shall not be used in road traffic.

(2) A vehicle owner, possessor and holder may not allow a person to drive the vehicle, which is under the influence of alcoholic, narcotic, psychotoxic or other intoxicating substances.

(3) The vehicle owner, possessor and holder may not allow a person to drive a vehicle, who does not have the right to drive of the relevant category, except for the cases when a driver training or check of driver skills are being carried out in accordance with the procedures specified in the Road Traffic Regulations.

(4) Vehicle owner, possessor and holder compulsory third party liability insurance shall be performed in accordance with the procedures specified in laws and other regulatory enactments.

(5) A vehicle owner (possessor, holder) has a duty to provide information upon the request of the State Police regarding a person, who drove a vehicle or had the right to use a vehicle, if the driver has not been ascertained at the moment of the determination of a violation.

[8 July 2003; 13 May 2010; 23 February 2012]

Section 21. Authorities for Operations with Vehicles

(1) An authorisation (special authorisation, general power of attorney or universal authorisation) issued for the alienation of a vehicle or removal from the register shall have a special indication regarding the permit to alienate the vehicle or to remove it from the register. An authorisation issued by a natural person requires a notarised certification or certification of any other person specified in Section 1474 of the Civil law. An authorisation for the alienation of a vehicle owned by the legal person or its removal from the register shall be issued by the owner of the vehicle, and the certification of a person indicated in Section 1474 of the Civil Law is not compulsory in such case. An authorisation shall not be submitted if the registered owner of the vehicle has made a notation in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers regarding the authorisation granted for the removal of a vehicle from the register or transfer of a vehicle in the ownership of the acquirer.

(2) [19 February 2009]

(3) [19 February 2009]

[8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 19 February 2009; 13 May 2010]

Section 22. Training of Drivers and Issuance of a Driving Licence

[19 February 2009]

(1) The right to drive vehicles and a driving licence may be acquired by a person who has reached the age specified in the law:

1) whose permanent place of residence is in Latvia or who can prove that the last six months he or she has studied in Latvia. Within the meaning of this Section a person's permanent place of residence is Latvia if any of the following conditions exists:

a) a place of stay and declared place of residence of a person at least 185 days per calendar year is in Latvia due to personal commitment (commitment that indicates regarding a close link of the relevant person with Latvia) and work commitment,

b) a person does not have work commitment, but whose place of stay and declared place of residence in Latvia is due to personal commitment (commitment that indicates regarding close link of the relevant person with Latvia),

c) a person resides abroad due to work commitment, but he or she returns and resides in Latvia on regular basis due to personal commitment (commitment that indicates regarding close link of the relevant person with Latvia) and his or her declared place of residence is in Latvia,

d) a declared place of residence of a person is in Latvia, but his or her residing abroad is related with studies;

2) who has passed an examination of theoretical knowledge and driving skills in accordance with the procedures determined in regulatory enactments;

3) who has undergone health examination in accordance with the procedures determined in regulatory enactments and who does not have any medical contraindications for driving. Health care practitioners having a relevant certificate of health care practitioner shall provide information regarding the presence or absence of medical contraindications to the Road Traffic Safety Directorate and the State Technical Supervision Agency; and

4) for whom the acquisition of such rights has not been prohibited for a certain time period and for whom there is no valid prohibition for use of a driving licence or a driving licence has not been revoked in Latvia, another Member State of the European Union or Member State of the European Free Trade Association.

(2) A term of validity of a driving licence of AM, A1, A2, A, B, B1 or BE category vehicles shall be 10 years, but for a driving licence regarding the right to drive also C1, C, D1, D, C1E, CE, D1E, DE, TRAM or TROL category vehicles - five years. A term of validity of a driving licence for tractor-type machinery shall be 10 years. The procedures for the acquisition and renewal of the right to drive a vehicle and the procedures and time periods for the issuance, change and renewal of the driving licence shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(21) The procedure for the training of drivers of vehicles intended for carriage of dangerous goods, the procedure for the acquisition of the right to drive and the procedure for the issuance, change and renewal of the a driving licence shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(3) A merchant or an educational institution, the document regulating the operation of which provides for the relevant training programme, has the right to engage in the theoretical training and driving training of drivers, including the training of tractor-type machinery drivers. Drivers shall be allowed to instruct a person individually without performing commercial activities if the person driving a vehicle of the respective category has at least 3 years of driving experience and only with vehicles corresponding to driving licences of A1, A, B1 un B categories.

(31) A merchant or an educational institution that wishes to engage in the training of drivers of vehicles shall receive a training licence. The training licence is a document that gives the right to engage in the training of drivers of vehicles of the category indicated therein in a particular training premises and that certifies that the training premises comply with the requirements determined in the regulatory enactments. The training licence shall be issued by the Road Traffic Safety Directorate, for the training of tractor-type machinery drivers - the State Technical Supervision Agency.

(4) Requirements for the merchants, educational institutions and specialists, which provide training of drivers, training programmes for drivers, as well as the procedures for the control of training process of drivers, shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(5) Training driving shall be allowed for persons having the basic knowledge of the road traffic regulations. Initial training driving shall be performed in demarcated areas.

(6) In participating in the road traffic, a person who is learning to drive with a mechanical vehicle (except trolley bus) shall have a learner's driving licence or a document attesting the right to drive mechanical vehicles. The duty of the relevant person is to present such document upon the request of police officers.

(7) The requirements for the examination inspectors of vehicle (except tractor-type machinery) drivers shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[15 February 2001; 8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 15 December 2005; 15 February 2007; 19 February 2009; 13 May 2010; 3 March 2011]

Section 23. Categories of Driving Licences and Vehicles Appropriate for these Categories

(1) Vehicles (except tractor-type machinery) corresponding to categories of driving licences:

1) AM - mopeds;

2) A1 - motor-cycles, the engine cylinder capacity of which does not exceed 125 cubic centimetres, the power does not exceed 11 kilowatts and the ratio of power to weight does not exceed 0.1 kilowatt per kilogram, as well as tricycles, the power of which does not exceed 15 kilowatts;

3) A2 - motor-cycles the power of which does not exceed 35 kilowatts and a power to weight ratio does not exceed 0,2 kilowatts per kilogram and which are not derived from vehicles of more than double power thereof;

4) A - motorcycles, as well as such tricycles, the power of which exceed 15 kilowatts;

5) B1 - quadricycles;

6) B - motor vehicles, except for A category motor-cycles, the laden weight of which does not exceed 3500 kilograms and which are constructed and designed for the carriage of not more than eight passengers in addition to the driver, as well as the connection of such road tractor with trailer, the laden weight of which does not exceed 750 kilograms. The connection of this category road tractor with trailer is permitted, the laden weight of which does not exceed 750 kilograms if the laden weight of such connection does not exceed 4250 kilograms;

7) C1 - motor vehicles, which are not included in D1 or D category the laden weight of which exceeds 3500 kilograms, but does not exceed 7500 kilograms and which are constructed and designed for the carriage of not more than eight passengers in addition to the driver, as well as the connection of such road tractor with trailer, the laden weight of which does not exceed 750 kilograms;

8) C - motor vehicles, which are not included in D1 or D category the laden weight of which exceeds 3500 kilograms and which are constructed and designed for transport of not more than eight passengers in addition to the driver, as well as the connection of such road tractor with trailer, the laden weight of which does not exceed 750 kilograms;

9) D1 - motor vehicles, which are constructed and designed for the carriage of not more than 16 passengers in addition to the driver, and the length of which does not exceed 8 metres, as well as the connection of such category road tractor with a trailer, the laden weight of which does not exceed 750 kilograms;

10) D - motor vehicles, which are constructed and designed for the carriage of more than eight passengers in addition to the driver, as well as the connection of such category road tractor with a trailer, the laden weight of which does not exceed 750 kilograms;

11) BE - connection of a B category road tractor with a trailer or semi-trailer, the laden weight of which does not exceed 3500 kilograms;

12) C1E - connection of a C1 category road tractor with a trailer or semi-trailer, the laden weight of which exceeds 750 kilograms, if the laden weight of such a connection does not exceed 12 000 kilograms, or connection of a B category road tractor with a trailer or semi-trailer, the laden weight of which exceeds 3500 kilograms, if the laden weight of such connection does not exceed 12 000 kilograms;

13) CE - connection of a C category road tractor with a trailer, the laden weight of which exceeds 750 kilograms;

14) D1E - connection of a D1 category road tractor with a trailer, the laden weight of which exceeds 750 kilograms;

15) DE - connection of a D category road tractor with a trailer, the laden weight of which exceeds 750 kilograms;

16) TRAM - trams;

17) TROL - trolley buses.

(2) A driver, who has the right to drive a vehicle of one category, is allowed to drive also the following vehicles of another category:

1) with a driving licence of A category vehicle - A1, A2 category vehicles;

2) with a driving licence of B category vehicle - B1 category vehicle;

3) with a driving licence of C category vehicle - C1 category vehicle;

4) with a driving licence of D category vehicle - D1 category vehicle;

5) with a driving licence of A2 or B category vehicle - A1 category vehicle;

6) with a driving licence of CE category vehicle - C1E category vehicle;

7) with a driving licence of DE category vehicle - D1E category vehicle;

8) with a driving licence of any motor vehicle or tram - AM category vehicle.

(3) A driver, who has the right to drive a trolley bus and the relevant note has been made in a driving licence, is allowed to drive a passenger public transport corresponding to D1 and D category in a populated area.

(4) A driver, who has the right to drive a vehicle of B category and who has passed an examination of driving skills in accordance with the procedures determined in regulatory enactments and for whom the relevant notation has been made in the driving licence, is allowed to drive a connection of a B category road tractor with a trailer the laden weight of which exceeds 750 kilograms, if the laden weight of such connection exceeds 3500 kilograms.

(5) A driver, who has the right to drive B, C1, D1, C or D category vehicles, is allowed to drive also specialised vehicles for tourists.

(6) Provisions of Paragraphs one, two, three, four and five of this Section except for the condition referred to in Clause 8 of Paragraph two shall not be applicable to tractor-type machinery driving licences.

(7) Tractor-type machinery corresponding to categories of tractor-type machinery driving licences:

1) A - tractors, public utility self-propelled tractor-type machinery and universal self-propelled machines with a total mass up to 7500 kilograms;

2) B - all tractors, public utility self-propelled tractor-type machinery, earth-moving machinery and universal self-propelled machines;

3) C - excavators and self-propelled loaders;

4) D - agricultural self-propelled machines;

5) E - motor graders;

6) F - forest harvesting and thinning machinery and maintenance machines;

7) G - road building machines; and

8) H - other special self-propelled vehicles.

(8) If a driver drives the vehicle of another category, including tractor-type machinery, only with a driving licence of AM, A1 or TRAM category vehicles, it shall be considered that the driver does not have any driving licence, while he or she is driving the relevant vehicle. This condition in respect of driving licences of A1 and TRAM category vehicles shall not apply to the condition referred to in Paragraph two, Clause 8 of this Section.

[8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 15 December 2005; 15 May 2008; 19 February 2009; 3 March 2011; 9 June 2011]

Section 24. Age Limits for Drivers and Participants in Road Traffic of Certain Categories

(1) In order to acquire a driving licence, a person shall have reached the following age:

1) 14 years - for the acquisition of AM category driving licence;

2) 16 years - for the acquisition of A1 and B1 category driving licence;

3) 18 years - for the acquisition of A2, B, BE, C1 and C1E category driving licence;

4) 21 years - for the acquisition of C, CE, D1, D1E, TRAM and TROLL category driving licence;

5) 24 years - for the acquisition of A, D and DE category driving licence. An A category driving licence may be acquired by a person who has reached the age of 20 if his or her experience as a driver of A2 category vehicle is at least two years. A person, who has reached at least the age of 21 year, is allowed to drive a tricycle the power of which exceeds 15 kilowatts;

6) 16 years - for the acquisition of a driving licence of A category tractor-type machinery;

7) 17 years - for the acquisition of a driving licence of all types of tractor-type machinery.

(2) Persons in military service may acquire a driving licence of the C, CE, D1 and D category from the age of 19 years.

(3) The training of persons to drive a vehicle is allowed not earlier than two years before the reaching of the specified age for the acquisition of the driving licence of the relevant category.

(4) It is allowed to ride a bicycle without being accompanied by an adult, to drive a cart, to ride or to drive a herd on the road from the age of 12.

[8 July 2003; 19 December 2006; 15 May 2008; 3 March 2011]

Section 25. Duties of Drivers

(1) A driver of a motor vehicle shall have the following documents, which must be presented upon the request of police officers, border guards or customs staff (in the bonded zones):

1) a driving licence;

2) the registration documents for vehicle;

3) [27 September 2007];

4) documents, which in accordance with this Law and other regulatory enactments, are required for a driver, in order to drive the respective vehicle (emergency vehicle or similar vehicle) or to transport the relevant cargo (dangerous, over-size, over-weight and similar cargo);

5) [15 December 2005];

6) any of the following documents (stickers):

a) a visual information (sticker) with the term of validity of the permit for participation in the road traffic, which is adhered to the windshield of automobile or tractor-type machinery or on a special base in the case of a motorcycle, trailer (half-trailer), sports automobiles, tractor-type machinery or special military vehicle;

b) a visual information (sticker) with the term of validity of the temporary permit for participation in the road traffic, which is adhered to the windshield of automobile or tractor-type machinery or on a special base in the case of a motorcycle, trailer (half-trailer), sports automobiles, tractor-type machinery or special military vehicle;

c) a document regarding the performed technical road side inspection of a vehicle;

d) one day permit for participation in the road traffic issued by the Road Traffic Safety Directorate or drawn up electronically in order to perform the technical inspection.

(11) A moped driver shall have the documents referred to in Paragraph one, Clauses 1 and 2 of this Section.

(2) A driver before driving shall check whether the vehicle is in running order and is commissioned, including with first aid kit that complies with the regulatory enactments regarding the minimum medicinal material necessary for the provision of the first aid, as well he must keep track of the technical condition of the vehicle on the road.

(3) A driver shall observe the requirements of this Law, the Road Traffic Regulations and other regulatory enactments regulating road traffic, travelling on the roads, as well as in other places, where transport movement is possible.

(4) If a driving licence has been revoked for a specified or unspecified time period, a driving licence shall be considered as invalid from the day, when the relevant decision is notified to him or her. A driver has a duty to hand over the invalid driving licence within 10 days to the Road Traffic Safety Directorate, the State Technical Supervision Agency or the State Police. If a person has not handed over the driving licence and the use of it is determined, the driving licence shall be suspended. A driving licence shall be suspended and destroyed by officials of the State Police, the Road Traffic Safety Directorate and the State Technical Supervision Agency. The cases when a driving licence is to be destroyed and the procedure by which a driving licence is to be destroyed shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[20 December 1999; 17 July 2000; 8 July 2003; 25 May 2005; 15 December 2005; 15 February 2007; 27 September 2007; 19 February 2009; 13 May 2010; 9 June 2011; 15 December 2011]

Section 26. Right to Drive Vehicle

(1) The right to drive a vehicle allows a person to drive a vehicle of the appropriate category, to transport passengers and cargo, to train persons individually to drive vehicles and perform other operations allowed for a driver in regulatory enactments, participating in road traffic.

(2) Person's right to drive a vehicle shall be attested by an entry in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers or in the informative system of tractor-type machinery and drivers thereof and a valid driving licence. During the period of examination of driving skills, the right of the driver to drive the vehicle shall be attested by a valid drivers licence or learner permit.

(3) The experience of a driver of a vehicle shall be counted from the date that the person obtains the relevant category vehicle drivers licence.

[8 July 2003; 15 February 2007]

Section 27. Action of Participants to Road Traffic in Case of a Road Traffic Accident

(1) Any participant to road traffic shall do as much as possible in order to provide first aid to victims in a road traffic accident.

(2) If people have suffered or damage has occurred to the property of third person as a result of a road traffic accident, as well as if damage to vehicles has been caused due to which they can not move, a driver shall:

1) stop immediately and stay at the scene of the accident, switch on emergency lights and set up an emergency hazard sign, but, if this is not possible, shall notify other road traffic participants regarding the road traffic accident by some other means;

2) do everything possible, in order to provide first aid to a victim, immediately call for health care or another rescue service, but, if that is not possible, shall deliver a victim by his or her own or other passing vehicle to the nearest medical institution and return to the scene of the accident;

3) do everything possible, in order to retain the track of the event at the place of the accident, and shall record the name, surname and address of witnesses;

4) notify the Police regarding the road traffic accident (or other rescue service) and act further in accordance with its instructions.

(3) If the vehicles involved in the road traffic accident referred to in Paragraph two of this Section prevent other vehicles to pass the scene of the road traffic accident, drivers shall clear the carriageway after the recording of the position of the vehicles involved in the road traffic accident and other objects.

(4) If people have not suffered in the road traffic accident and damages to the property of a third person have not been committed, as well as damage to vehicles has not been caused, due to which they could not move, the drivers shall act in accordance with the procedures specified in the Road Traffic Regulations.

(5) If only one vehicle is involved in the road traffic accident, and people have not been injured and damage to the property of a third person has not occurred, the driver shall act in accordance with the procedures specified in the Road Traffic Regulations.

(6) A driver is prohibited to use alcoholic beverages, narcotics or psychotropic substances after the road traffic accident until the carrying out of the check-up required for the determination of the state of intoxication or discharge from such check-up in accordance with the specified procedures.

[8 July 2003]

Section 28. Prohibition to Drive

(1) The following persons are prohibited to drive:

1) if any of the following conditions exist:

a) the blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.5 promils for a driver, whose experience in driving motor vehicles exceeds two years,

b) the blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.2 promils for a driver, whose experience in driving motor vehicles is less than two years,

c) the blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.2 promils for a driver who is driving vehicles corresponding to D1, D, D1E, DE, TRAM and TROL category,

d) the blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.5 promils for a driver of a moped and bicycle - if;

2) ones under the influence of narcotic, psychotropic, toxic, other substances of intoxication or medicinal products, which reduce reaction time and attention;

3) ones who are ill or tired to such a degree, that it could affect the capacity to drive and road traffic safety;

4) a driver who does not have a driving licence of the appropriate category; or

5) a person for whom the revoking of the right to drive a vehicle has come into effect.

(2) It is prohibited to learn to drive a vehicle:

1) if the blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.2 promils;

2) being under the influence of narcotic, psychotropic, toxic, other substances of intoxication or also medicinal products, which reduce reaction time and attention; or

3) being ill or tired to such a degree, that it could affect the capacity to drive and road traffic safety.

[8 July 2003; 15 February 2007; 13 May 2010; 9 June 2011]

Section 29. Revoking of the Right to Drive a Vehicle

(1) The right to drive vehicle may be revoked for a specified or unspecified time period.

(2) Revocation of the right to drive a vehicle for the time period specified in the law as a means of influencing a driver's behaviour shall be applied, by imposing a penalty regarding the administrative offences provided for in the law or in accordance with the demerit point system, as well as in the cases specified in the Criminal Law.

(3) The right to drive a vehicle shall be revoked for an indefinite period if there is a relevant opinion of a medical expert-examination that medical contraindications for driving have arisen for a driver.

(4) The time period for a vehicle driver has had the right to drive a vehicle revoked shall not be counted in the experience of the driver.

(5) If the right to drive is revoked for a person for a year or more or the right to drive is revoked for driving a vehicle under the influence of alcoholic beverages, narcotic, psychotropic or other intoxicating substances, as well as if a prohibition to use the right to drive has been determined for a person within the scope of the demerit point system, a person shall pass an examination of theoretical knowledge and driving skills in accordance with the procedures determined in the regulatory enactments regarding acquisition and renewal of the right to drive.

[8 July 2003; 15 February 2007; 9 June 2011]

Section 30. Prohibition to Use the Right to Drive Vehicle

(1) Prohibition to use the right to drive a vehicle shall be determined by the official of the State Police for a driver, which has committed a criminal offence against road traffic safety under the influence of alcohol, narcotic or other intoxicating substances regarding which he or she may be held criminally liable, or has committed an offence regarding which revocation of the right to drive a vehicle is intended. In such case a driver is prohibited to use the right to drive a vehicle and his or her driving licence shall be suspended up to the time, when the official of the State Police or performer of procedures in the criminal case takes the relevant decision.

(2) The right to drive a vehicle may not be used, if:

1) the term of validity of a driving licence has expired - up to the receipt of a new licence;

2) the name, surname or personal identification number indicated in a personal identification document fails to comply with the information specified in a driving licence and the driving licence has not been replaced within 30 days - up to the receipt of a new licence;

3) the fine imposed regarding infringement of the Road Traffic Regulations has not been paid within a year from the day of imposing of the fine - up to the payment of the fine;

4) a driver has not performed the current health examination or the prescheduled medical check-up in accordance with the time period specified in regulatory enactments - up to the health examination;

5) within the scope of the demerit point system a coercion measure has been applied - prohibition of the use of right to drive vehicles;

6) the driving licence issued abroad does not conform to the requirements referred to in Section 47, Paragraph one of this Law or the driving licence issued abroad, which conforms to the requirements referred to in Section 47, Paragraph one of this Law, has not been exchanged in conformity with the conditions in Section 47, Paragraph two of this Law;

7) the driving licence has been stolen or lost and within 30 days from the day of registration of the relevant information in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers a new driving licence has not been received; or

8) a prohibition to use the right to drive vehicles is in effect for a person or the right to drive vehicles has been revoked in a foreign country.

(3) The relevant entry in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers, as well as in the informative system of tractor-type machinery and drivers thereof, shall be made regarding the prohibition to use the right to drive vehicles. Data regarding invalid driving licences shall be included in the register of invalid documents in accordance with the procedures specified by the Cabinet. Contestation or appeal of the registration of the prohibition the exercise the right to drive vehicles shall not suspend the operation thereof.

(4) If a driver infringes the prohibition specified to use the right to drive, his or her driving licence shall be suspended.

[26 May 2005; 15 February 2007; 19 February 2009; 13 May 2010; 3 March 2011; 9 June 2011]

Section 30.1 Medical Check-ups for Vehicle Drivers and Persons who wish to Acquire a Vehicle Drivers Qualification

(1) The conformity of the health condition for the driving of the relevant category of vehicle for Cabinet determined at a medical check-up for a vehicle driver or a person who wishes to acquire a vehicle drivers qualification shall be attested to by information that a medical treatment institution has entered into the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers.

(2) The medical check-ups shall be allocated as follows:

1) first time check-ups;

2) regular check-ups; and

3) prescheduled check-ups.

(3) A first time medical check-up shall be performed by a person who wishes to acquire a vehicle drivers qualification.

(4) A vehicle drivers regular medical check-up shall be performed by:

1) M, A1, A, B1, B and BE category vehicle drivers, as well as tractor-type machinery and other self-propelled machinery drivers every 10 years, for persons who have reached 60 years of age - every three years; and

2) C1, C, D1, D, C1E, CE, D1E and DE category vehicle drivers, as well as trams and trolley-bus drivers every five years, for persons who have reached 60 years of age - every three years.

(5) A prescheduled medical check-up shall be performed by vehicle drivers who have been convicted regarding the driving of a vehicle under the influence of alcoholic beverages, narcotic, psychotropic or other intoxicating substances. In order for a vehicle driver to re-acquire the right to drive, he or she shall, according to the procedure specified in Paragraph seven of this Section, undergo a prescheduled medical check-up regarding the results of which a medical treatment institution shall enter the information in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers.

(6) There is a right to send a vehicle driver for a prescheduled medical check-up if there exists a justifiable suspicion that the vehicle driver has the medical contraindications for the driving of vehicles specified by the Cabinet.

(7) The procedures by which medical check-ups for vehicle drivers and persons who wish to acquire a vehicle drivers qualification shall be conducted, the procedures by which a vehicle driver shall be sent for a prescheduled medical check-up if there exists a justifiable suspicion that the vehicle driver has the medical contraindications for the driving of vehicles, as well as the procedures by which driving licences shall be taken away from vehicle drivers who have the medical contraindications for the driving of vehicles, shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(8) The procedures by which the expenditures for the prescheduled medical check-up of vehicle drivers shall be covered shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[8 July 2003; 15 February 2007; 15 May 2008; 13 May 2010; 9 June 2011]

Chapter V
Working Time of Crews of Vehicles

[26 May 2005]

Section 31. Requirements in Respect of Organisation, Observation and Records of Working Time of Crews of Vehicles

(1) The requirements in respect of the organisation, observation and recording of working time of crews of vehicles who perform carriage with vehicles to which Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport and amending Council Regulations (EEC) No 3821/85 and (EC) No 2135/98 and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85 [hereinafter - Regulation (EC) No 561/2006] applies, shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(2) Exceptions, when the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 are not applied, shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[15 February 2007]

Section 31.1 Installation of Recording Equipment for Registration of Working Time and Rest Periods, Driving Distances and Speed

(1) [15 February 2007]

(2) A control recording device shall be installed, inspected and sealed in the vehicle by the inspection authority, which has been accredited by the Standardisation, Accreditation and Metrology Centre in accordance with the requirements of the standard LVS EN ISO/IEC 17020:2005 "General criteria for authorities of different types" regarding which the Ministry of Economics has published a notification in the newspaper "Latvijas Vēstnesis" [the official Gazette of the Government of Latvia], and which has submitted to the Ministry of Transport the seals referred to in Article 1(5)(b) of the Council Regulation (EC) No 2135/98 of 24 September 1998 amending Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 on recording equipment in road transport and Directive 88/599/EEC concerning the application of Regulations (EEC) No 3820/84 and (EEC) No 3821/85 and a sample of the installation plate referred to in Article 12(4) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 of 20 December 1985 on recording equipment in road transport.

[15 December 2005; 15 February 2007; 14 November 2008; 12 June 2009]

Section 31.2 Duration of Working Time of the Crew of Vehicles

(1) The weekly working time of a crew of a vehicle may not exceed 48 hours, taking into account that a week is a time period between 00.00 on Monday and 24.00 on Sunday.

(2) The crew may be employed above the working time specified in Paragraph one of this Section, but not by more than 60 hours per week. In such case the average weekly working time over four months may not exceed 48 hours.

(3) An employer upon agreement with representatives of the employee may change the working time specified in Paragraph two of this Section, if the average weekly working time over six months does not exceed 48 hours.

(4) If a crew performs the work at night from 01.00 up to 05.00, then the total working time per twenty four hours may not exceed 10 hours. An employer upon agreement with the representatives of the worker, may change the referred to working time at night, specifying, that it is at least a four hour time period from 00.00 to 07.00.

(5) In order to ensure the observance of the conditions referred to in this Section, working time accounting shall be performed.

(6) The conditions regarding the length of the working time of a crew of a vehicle referred to in this Section shall applied only in such cases when carriage is performed with vehicles to which Regulation (EC) No. 561/2006 or the European Agreement concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (AETR) applies.

[15 December 2005; 15 February 2007]

Section 32.

[8 July 2003]

Section 33.

[8 July 2003]

Section 34.

[26 May 2005]

Section 35.

[26 May 2005]

Chapter VI
Road Traffic Organisation

Section 36. Purpose of Road Traffic Organisation

The purpose of road traffic organisation is to ensure a continuous, rhythmical and fast road traffic, as well as to guarantee the maximum safety thereof.

Section 37. Basic Rule for Road Traffic Organisation

In Latvia vehicles move on the right hand side of the road.

Section 38. Technical Means of Road Traffic Organisation

(1) Traffic on roads shall be organised using road signs, road markings, traffic lights, fencing for transport and pedestrian traffic and other technical means, which comply with the requirements of mandatory standards and other norms in Latvia.

(2) Placement, installation and removal of technical means of traffic organisation shall be performed by the road manager in accordance with the co-ordinated project documentation or upon co-ordination with the Latvian State Roads. A consent regarding placement, installation and removal of technical means of traffic organisation shall apply to the compliance with the standards in the field of road traffic safety.

(3) The road manager shall be liable regarding the installation of the technical means of road traffic organisation in a timely manner and maintaining thereof in working order.

(4) [15 February 2001]

[15 February 2001; 9 June 2011]

Section 39. Planning and Design

In planning the building of a city, populated areas and residential sectors of a city, as well as designing dwelling houses, public buildings and other objects, it is necessary to envisage developments, in order to ensure convenient and safe traffic, sufficient number of parking spaces, the possibility to drive near the buildings and other objects.

Section 40. Co-ordination of Operations to be Performed on a Road or in the Immediate Vicinity Thereof

(1) If it is intended to perform an operation on a road or immediate vicinity thereof, which may affect road traffic safety (to organise mass or sport measures, provide trade or other services, place advertising objects or information objects, objects for trade, public catering or other services etc.), these activities shall be co-ordinated with the Latvian State Roads, as well as an authorisation of the road manager (owner) and land owner shall be obtained.

(2) Regulations regarding the placement of advertising and information objects along the roads, as well as the procedures, by which the placement of advertising or information objects is to be co-ordinated, shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(3) [9 June 2011]

(4) Organisation of mass or sport measures shall also be co-ordinated with the territorial police institutions.

[15 February 2001; 8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 9 June 2011]

Section 41. Control and Supervision of Road Traffic

(1) The road traffic shall be regulated and supervised by the employees of the police and other persons authorised for that in the laws and other regulatory enactments.

(2) Persons, who are authorised to actively control the traffic on roads, as well as persons, who supervises the traffic, shall wear the relevant uniform which is clearly visible at all times of the day with elements of light reflective material and with a distinguishing sign, as well as they shall carry a service identification document.

Section 42. Duties of Persons Working on Roads

(1) Persons performing work on the carriageway shall wear working clothes clearly visible at all times of the day with elements of light reflective material.

(2) The performer of road construction and repair work shall ensure that the working places on the roads are equipped with road signs, as well as restrictive and diverting devices in accordance with the requirements specified by the Cabinet.

(3) During the hours of darkness of the day and under poor visibility conditions the visibility of these places shall be ensured by means of light reflective materials. In instances, when warning light signals are to be used in addition to the light reflective materials, as well as the procedures for the use thereof, shall be determined by technical norms.

[15 February 2001; 26 May 2005]

Chapter VI1
Intelligent Transport Systems

[23 February 2012]

Section 42.1 Purpose and Operation of Intelligent Transport Systems

(1) The purpose of intelligent transport systems is to ensure innovative services in respect of road transport and traffic management, as well as to provide the possibility for road users to have better access to information and to use transport networks in a more safe, harmonised and efficient way.

(2) The processing of personal data in the context of the operation of intelligent transport systems applications and services shall be carried out in accordance with national regulatory enactments regarding personal data protection, processing and free circulation of such data.

(3) Personal data shall only be processed insofar as such processing is necessary for the operation of intelligent transport systems applications and services.

Chapter VII
Special Features of Administrative Liabilities in Cases of Violation of Regulatory Enactments Regulating Road Traffic Safety

[8 July 2003]

Section 43. Administrative Offence of Road Traffic

In order to ensure road traffic safety and protect human life, health and property, persons shall be held administratively liable for the violation of regulatory enactments regulating road traffic safety.

[8 July 2003]

Section 43.1 Demerit Point System

(1) In order to affect the behaviour of drivers, encouraging safe driving and the observance of the regulatory enactments on road traffic, as well as to lessen endangering human life, health and property, the administrative offences of drivers shall be registered in the Punishment Register, but recording driving offences - in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers.

(2) Maximum number of points to be registered is 10 points for drivers the driving experience of which is less than two years and 16 points - for other drivers.

(3) The maximum number of points to be registered for one violation shall be eight points.

(4) In accordance with the offence committed the points registered shall be in effect from two to five years depending on the seriousness of the offence.

(5) The following coercion measures shall be applied to drivers in accordance with the demerit point system:

1) a warning, sending the information by post or electronically to a driver regarding the number of points registered for him or her;

2) training sessions (seminars) on matters of road traffic safety;

3) training sessions (seminars) on matters of safe driving;

4) examination on matters of road traffic safety;

5) examination of driving skills;

6) prohibition to use the right to drive for one year, if the maximum number of points has been reached, or longer, while the maximum number of points remain.

(6) A vehicle driver shall lose the right to drive and may obtain it again not earlier than after five years, if the prohibition to use the right to drive is applied repeatedly during 10 years for reaching the maximum number of points.

(7) The rules for the application of the demerit point system, in regulating the offences to be registered, the points corresponding to offences, the limitation period thereof, the procedures for the recording the registration and deletion of driving offences, the procedures for the exchange of information, and the procedures by which the information present in the register is to be notified to a driver, as well as the procedures for the application of coercion measures to the behaviour of drivers shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[26 May 2005; 15 December 2005; 19 February 2009; 23 February 2012]

Section 43.2 Specific Characteristics in the Administrative Procedure in Connection with the Violation of Parking Provisions

(1) If parking provisions has been infringed, but a driver is not present at the place of offence, persons, who are entitled to draw up an administrative offence report and impose a penalty, shall draw up a report - notification, where the following information shall be indicated:

1) the date of drawing up of report - notification;

2) the authority, the official of which has imposed the penalty, and the position, name, surname of the person, who has drawn up the report-notification;

3) the date and time of determination of the offence;

4) the place where the offence was committed (name, address of the city or other populated area);

5) the make of the vehicle and its State registration number;

6) the Paragraph of the Road Traffic Regulations infringed;

7) a decision regarding the imposing of fine and amount of fine;

8) the time period for payment of the fine;

9) the payment order prerequisites and the authorities, where it is possible to pay a fine;

10) the procedures for the contestation (appeal) of a decision taken; and

11) information regarding the consequences, which arise, if the fine is not paid.

(2) If a driver arrives at the place of commitment of the offence during the determination of the offence of parking, the procedures for the imposing of a penalty shall not change and the report-notification shall be drawn up.

(3) The fine imposed shall be paid within the time period specified in the Administrative Violations Code of Latvia.

(4) If the fine imposed is not paid within the time period specified in the Administrative Violations Code of Latvia, the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers shall send a notification to the holder indicated in the vehicle registration certificate or if the holder is not indicated - to the owner (possessor) of the vehicle regarding the unpaid fine. If the offence has been committed with a vehicle that is permanently registered in a foreign country, but for the use of which in Latvia in the cases determined in Section 9, Paragraph five of this Law a permit has been received, a notification shall be sent to the person who has received the permit. If an offence has been committed with a vehicle that is transferred for trade (registration number plates of the state of trade have been installed for it or a vehicle has been registered in the trade register), a notification shall be sent to a merchant who performs the trade of the relevant vehicle. A notification shall contain the following information:

1) the authority, the official of which has imposed the fine;

2) the make of the vehicle and its State registration number;

3) the data of the vehicle owner (possessor, holder);

4) the place where the offence was committed (name, address of the city or other populated area, address);

5) the report- notification number;

6) the amount of the unpaid fine;

7) the payment order prerequisites and authorities, where it is possible to pay a fine;

8) information regarding the consequences, which have arisen, if the fine is not paid within the time period specified in the Administrative Violations Code of Latvia.

(5) If the fine imposed has not been paid within the time period specified in the Administrative Violations Code of Latvia, a note shall be made in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers regarding the prohibition to perform a technical inspection of a vehicle, with which the offence has been made, and register it in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers, until the payment of the fine.

(6) If the fine imposed regarding the violation of parking provisions is not paid within the time period specified in the Administrative Violations Code of Latvia, it shall be collected from the holder indicated in the vehicle registration certificate or, if the holder is not indicated - from the vehicle (possessor), except for a case, when a vehicle has not been in the possession of the owner (holder, possessor) at the moment of commitment of the offence due to the wrongful act of other person.

(7) A decision regarding the application of fine shall come into effect at the time of drawing up of such decision. A decision regarding the fine imposed may be contested within a month, submitting the relevant submission to a higher institution (official). Decisions of a higher institution (official) may be appealed to a court.

(8) Procedures, by which a report shall be drawn up - a notification regarding the fine imposed and information shall be sent to the owner (possessor, holder) of the vehicle, as well as the procedures for the collection and control of the fine shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[26 July 2005; 13 May 2010; 23 February 2012]

Section 43.3 Forcible Removal of a Vehicle

(1) A vehicle may be removed forcibly, and placed in a special vehicle pound, if:

1) [15 December 2005].

2) it is not possible to find out the ownership of a vehicle;

3) a vehicle has damage specified in regulatory enactments, due to which it may not be driven, except for the case, when the damage is eliminated at the location of the vehicle or the vehicle is removed to a vehicle pound or to a place of repair of the deficiencies in accordance with the procedures specified;

4) parking provisions are infringed, but the driver is not present and a vehicle is parked for standing:

a) at a place, where an additional sign "Strādā autoevakuators" (Car evacuator is working) has been erected,

b) on the tramway rail line or in the immediate vicinity thereof and prevents the tram from driving,

c) at stopping points of passenger public transport or in the immediate vicinity thereof and passenger public transport from driving in and out,

d) it is so parked that it does not allow other vehicles to drive or it causes substantial interference (other drivers are forced to drive off the carriageway or to drive on that side of the road, which is intended for driving in the opposite direction),

e) it is on a pedestrian crossing,

f) it is fully or partially on the pavement and therefore pedestrians are forced to go onto the carriageway,

g) it is on a railway road crossing,

h) on the bridges, trestles and under them;

5) a vehicle is parked for standing in populated areas fully or partly on the carriageway during the dark hours of the day or under poor visibility conditions in the non-illuminated section of the road, where it is prohibited to stop, it does not have the specified outside lighting devices switched on and it is not visible to other drivers from a sufficient distance;

6) a vehicle has been parked for standing fully or partly on the carriageway outside populated areas during the dark hours of the day or under poor visibility conditions and it does not have the outside lighting devices switched on;

7) a vehicle is considered as left on the road for a prolonged time period in accordance with the procedures specified by the Cabinet; or

8) a vehicle repeatedly (two or more times a year) has been parked in a vehicle pound which is intended for disabled persons and is appropriately designated, if a card for the use of a vehicle pound of disable persons is not placed in a vehicle in accordance with the requirements specified in the Road Traffic Regulations.

(2) A vehicle may be removed forcibly from the place, where it is parked for standing to another place allowed for standing in accordance with the decision of the official authorised by the local government or with the order of the Head of the State Police from the streets:

1) which are necessary to be empty for the provision of official state visits or other measures; or

2) where it is intended to perform road construction or repair.

(3) A vehicle may be removed forcibly from the place, where it has been parked for standing to another place allowed for standing in accordance with the decision of the road manager or the official or the relevant emergency or rescue service in case of performance of temporary road maintenance (for example, for snow removal), repair or the rectification of the consequences of accidents or rescue works.

(31) Expenses connected with the forcible removal of a vehicle to a special vehicle pound and keeping at the special vehicle pound shall be covered by the holder indicated in the vehicle registration certificate or if the holder is not indicated - by the vehicle owner (possessor) or his or her authorised person. Expenses shall be covered before taking out a vehicle from a special vehicle pound.

(4) Procedures for the forcible removal of vehicles shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[26 May 2005; 25 May 2008]

Section 43.4 Control of Driving Speed

The observance of the driving speed specified shall be controlled by the State Police with metering devices intended for this purpose.

[26 May 2005; 15 February 2007]

Section 43.5 Determination of Influence of Alcohol, Narcotic or Other Intoxicating Substances

(1) In order to determine the influence of alcohol, the State Police employees and the State Border Guard employees (on the State border) are entitled to test the air exhaled by the driver with a meter intended for that purpose and which complies with the requirements specified by the Cabinet or to deliver a driver to the medical authority for the performance of such a test, if there is a cause for suspicion, that he or she is under the influence of alcohol, but it is not possible to perform the test of the exhaled air or a driver does not agree with the results thereof. The procedures, by which the blood alcohol concentration and in the exhaled air is to be determined, shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(2) In order to determine the influence of narcotic or other intoxicating substances, the State Police employees shall deliver a driver to the medical authority for performance of an examination, if there is a reason for suspicion regarding the use of narcotic or other intoxicating substances (the results of express diagnostics test, behaviour of a driver, speaking manner, co-ordination of movements). The procedures for the determination of the influence of narcotic and other substances shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[8 July 2003; 15 May 2008; 13 May 2010]

Section 43.6 Special Features in the Administrative Process in relation to Offences, which are Recorded with Technical Means, without Stopping a Vehicle

(1) An offence may be recorded with technical means (photo devices or video devices), without stopping a vehicle. The procedures, by which technical means (photo devices or video devices) are to be used, shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(2) For an offence, which is recorded with technical means (photo devices or video devices), without the stopping of a vehicle, only a minimum a fine intended for a driver shall be applied.

(3) If an offence has been recorded with technical means (photo devices or video devices), without the stopping of a vehicle, in respect of this without the presence of the vehicle driver an administrative violation report - decision shall be drawn up, where the following information shall be indicated:

1) the date of drawing up of the report - decision;

2) the authority, the official of which has imposed the penalty, and the position, given name and surname of the relevant official;

3) the date and time of the determination of the offence;

4) the place of commitment of the offence (the name, address of the city or other populated area);

5) the make of the vehicle and State registration number;

6) the reference to infringed legal provisions (Section of the regulatory enactment, Paragraph, Clause or Sub-clause thereof);

7) the decision regarding the imposing of the fine and amount of fine;

8) the time period for payment of the fine;

9) the requisites for the payment order and the authorities in which it is possible to pay the fine;

10) the procedures for contestation (appeal) of the decision taken;

11) information regarding the consequences, which arise, if the fine is not paid; and

12) a photo, on which the vehicle and the State registration number is shown.

(4) Information regarding the decision taken shall be entered into the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers or the information system for the tractor-type machinery and the drivers thereof by the State Police.

(5) A report-decision shall be sent to the holder indicated in the vehicle registration certificate or if a holder is not indicated - to the owner (possessor) of the vehicle not later than within three working days after the taking of the decision. If the offence has been committed with a vehicle that is permanently registered in a foreign country, but for the use of which in Latvia in the cases determined in Section 9, Paragraph five of this Law a permit has been received, a report-decision shall be sent to the person who has received the permit. If an offence has been committed with a vehicle that is transferred for trade (registration number plates of the state of trade have been installed for it or a vehicle has been registered in the trade register), a report-decision shall be sent to a merchant who performs the trade of the relevant vehicle. The report-decision shall be valid without the signature of the official imposing a fine. The report-decision shall come into effect on the seventh day from the submission thereof in the post.

(51) The State Police may enter into delegating agreement with the Road Traffic Safety Directorate in which it may be provided that the Road Traffic Safety Directorate shall, within the scope of the competence thereof, process the information in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers that has been received from technical means regarding the relevant violation, prepare draft report-decision referred to in Paragraph three of this Section which it shall send to the State Police for evaluation and taking of a decision, as well as after the taking of the relevant decision shall send the referred to report-decision to the person referred to in the first sentence of Paragraph five of this Section. The Cabinet shall determine the amount of the remuneration and procedures for the granting thereof which the Road Traffic Safety Directorate receives for the services referred to in the first sentence of this Paragraph.

(52) If a person referred to in the first, second and third sentence of Paragraph five of this Section was not driving a vehicle at the time of committing an offence, he or she shall transfer (send) a report-decision to a driver who drove the vehicle at the time of registration of the offence.

(53) A report-decision may be contested and appealed by a driver who was driving the vehicle at the time of registrations of the offence.

(6) The fine imposed shall be paid within the time period specified in the Latvian Administrative Violation Code.

(7) If the imposed fine is not paid within the time period specified in the Latvian Administrative Violation Code, a notation shall be made in the State register of vehicles and Drivers or the information system for the tractor-type machinery and the drivers thereof regarding a prohibition until the fine is paid to perform the State technical inspection for the vehicle with which the offence was committed, and to register it in the State Register of Vehicles and Drivers or the information system for the tractor-type machinery and the drivers thereof. Such notation regarding the prohibition to perform the State technical inspection of the vehicle shall not be made or also the notation done shall be extinguished if it is determined that at the moment of committing the offence the vehicle was not in the possession of the owner (holder, possessor) due to the unlawful activity of other persons.

(8) If the fine imposed for the offence, which is recorded with technical means (photo devices or video devices), without stopping the vehicle has not been paid within the time period specified in the Latvian Administrative Violation Code, it shall be recovered from the holder indicated in the vehicle registration certificate or if a holder is not indicated - to the owner (possessor) of the vehicle, except in the case when at the moment of committing the offence the vehicle was not in the possession of the owner (holder, possessor) due to the unlawful activity of other persons.

[26 May 2005; 15 February 2007; 19 February 2009; 13 May 2010; 15 December 2011; 23 February 2012]

Section 43.7 Provision of a Service - Recording of Offences with Technical Means, without Stopping a Vehicle

(1) If offences on road traffic are recorded with technical means of a merchant (photo devices or video devices), without the stopping of a vehicle, a merchant shall receive a part of actual State basic budget revenue determined by the Cabinet from imposed fines for administrative violations recorded with such technical means (hereinafter - actual income) as remuneration for supply of technical means, installation and provision of operation thereof, as well as for transfer of the acquired information for the processing and taking of a decision.

(2) Financial means that are intended for payment for the services provided by a merchant shall be transferred into own income of the Ministry of the Interior in accordance with the Law on the State Budget for the current year. The referred to income and expenditure relevant thereto shall be planned in a separate State basics budget programme.

(3) The Cabinet shall determine:

1) the actual part of income (in per cent) that a merchant receives as remuneration for the provision of services;

2) the procedure by which actual income is to be determined;

3) the procedure by which a merchant receives remuneration for the provision of services.

[9 September 2010]

Section 44. Recovery of Damage

(1) Damage suffered as a result of infringement of this Law or other enactments regulating road traffic safety shall be recovered.

(2) A vehicle owner or possessor, if he or she fails to prove, that a damage has been caused due to force majeure, by the intention of a victim himself or herself or due to the gross negligence of a victim or due to other reasons, which in accordance with the law release from liability to recover the damage, shall be liable regarding the damage caused as a result of the exploitation of a vehicle. Joint holders and co-heirs shall be jointly liable regarding the damage caused.

(3) A holder shall be liable regarding the damages caused in cases, when a vehicle is transferred to a holder, if he or she has not agreed with the owner regarding other procedures for the recovery of damages. However, if a holder is absent (outside the State borders), and his or her place of residence is not known or a complete collection of damages is not possible from him or her, the vehicle owner shall be liable for the damage.

(4) If vehicle is not in the possession of the owner, possessor or holder due not to his or her fault, but as a result of a wrongful act of another person, this person shall be liable for a damage caused. If the owner's, possessor's or holder's behaviour also does not have any justification, the person, who used the vehicle, as well as the owner, possessor or holder in accordance with their degree of fault shall be requested to recover the damages caused.

(5) The procedures for the recovery of damages caused to a third person shall be regulated by a separate law regarding the vehicle owner's compulsory third party liability insurance in the case of civil liability insurance.

Chapter VIII
Complementary Regulations

Section 45. Exceptional cases

(1) It is prohibited to issue a special permit, which gives the right to derogate from the requirements of this Law and the Road Traffic Regulations.

(2) In some cases with passes issued in accordance with the procedures specified by the Cabinet for vehicles of carriers of mail, as well as for vehicles, with which the collection is performed, and for such vehicles of the Saeima, vehicles of the Chancery of the President, vehicles of the State Chancellery and ministries, with which post parcels are delivered, in the performance of the relevant task, it is allowed to not observe the stopping and standing provisions, as well as the requirements of the signs "Braukt aizliegts" (Driving prohibited), "Mehāniskajiem transportlīdzekļiem braukt aizliegts" (Driving of motor vehicles prohibited) and "Kravas automobiļiem braukt aizliegts" (Driving of goods vehicles prohibited).

(21) In order to ensure the course of the elections of the Saeima, the European Parliament, local government, city councils, as well as that of a referendum, the Chairperson of the Central Electoral Commission is entitled to issue passes in respect of vehicles, the drivers of which perform the orders of the election committees, for the day of the elections or referendum with the right to not observe the stopping and standing provisions, as well as the requirements of the signs "Braukt aizliegts" (Driving prohibited), "Mehāniskajiem transportlīdzekļiem braukt aizliegts" (Driving of motor vehicles prohibited) and "Kravas automobiļiem braukt aizliegts" (Driving of goods vehicles prohibited).

(3) Deviation from the Road Traffic Regulations is permissible during sports events, which are co-ordinated in accordance with the procedures specified in this Law, to the extent that it is determined by the regulatory enactments regulating sports events.

[8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 15 December 2005; 19 February 2009; 9 June 2011]

Section 46. Application of Regulations in Respect of Foreign Nationals and Stateless Persons

This Law, the Road Traffic Regulations and other regulatory enactments which regulate the relations in the field of road traffic safety, shall also apply to vehicles registered abroad, as well as to the owners, and drivers thereof and other participants to road traffic, while they are in the territory of Latvia, if it is not otherwise specified in international agreements, to which Latvia is a member state.

Section 47. Regulations for Drivers who Arrive in Latvia from Abroad or are Bringing Vehicles into Latvia

(1) A person is allowed to drive a vehicle in Latvia, if he or she has:

1) a driving licence issued by a Member State of the European Union or by a member state of the European Free Trade Association;

2) a driving licence, where the driver categories specified in the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic are indicated; or

3) a driving licence, where the driver categories specified in the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic are not indicated. With such a driving licence a person is only permitted to drive vehicles conforming to the B category if in the issuing state such a driving licence gives the right to drive the automobile. If in the driving licence there has not be made a record with Latin alphabet letters, the person shall present a notarily certified translation in Latvian.

(2) A driver, who arrives in Latvia from abroad and stays in Latvia for more than one year, shall replace a driving licence in accordance with the procedures specified, except for a driving licence issued by a member State of the European union or a Member State of the European Free Trade Association, as well as persons enjoying diplomatic or consular immunities and privileges.

(3) It is a duty to register in Latvia such vehicles temporary brought in from abroad, which comply with the conditions specified in Section 10, Paragraph 1.2 of this Law.

(4) Provisions of Paragraph one and two of this Section shall not be applicable to persons of foreign armed forces, who are performing service duties in the Republic of Latvia within the framework of international co-operation.

(5) A person is allowed to drive a vehicle in Latvia in the cases referred to in Paragraph one of this Section, if he or she has reached the specified age for the acquisition of the driving licence of the relevant category referred to in Section 24 of this Law.

[20 June 2000; 8 July 2003; 26 May 2005; 26 May 2005; 15 February 2007; 19 February 2009; 3 March 2011]

Section 48. Application of International Agreements

If an international treaty approved by the Saeima includes provisions contrary to this Law, the provisions of the international treaty shall apply.

Transitional Provisions

1. [8 July 2003]

2. With the coming into force of this Law, Cabinet Regulation No.135, 7 April 1997, Regulation Regarding Road Traffic, issued in accordance with Article 81 of the Constitution (Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Ziņotājs, 1997, No. 10, 18), is repealed.

3. [26 May 2005]

4. Amendments (in the text of 26 May 2005) to Section 5, Paragraph three, Section 4.1; Section 10.1 and Section 22, Paragraph five shall come into force on 1 September 2005.

[26 May 2005; 15 February 2007]

5. Section 15.1 and the amendment to Section 28, Clause 1 (in the text of 26 May 2005) shall come into force on 1 July 2006.

[26 May 2005; 15 February 2007]

6. [15 February 2007]

[11 May 1993; 15 February 2007]

7. [15 February 2007]

[26 May 2005; 15 February 2007]

8. The Cabinet shall by 31 December 2007 issue the regulations referred to in Section 4, Paragraph five, third sentence of this Law, which approve such price lists for services, which the Road Traffic Safety Directorate provides in fulfilling its delegated State administration tasks, and determine the range of persons who shall be released from the payment of the services provided. Until the day of the coming into force of the relevant Cabinet regulations, but not longer than 31 December 2007 Cabinet Regulation No. 1040 of 19 December 2006, Regulations regarding the Price List for the Paid Services provided by the State stock company "Ceļu satiksmes drošības direkcija" [Road Traffic Safety Directorate] within the Scope of State Administrative Functions, shall be applied insofar as it is not in contradiction to this Law.

[15 February 2007]

9. The Cabinet shall by 1 October 2007 issue the regulations referred to in Section 4.1, Paragraphs three and four of this Law, which determine the procedures for the registration of vehicle trade locations, requirements for the trade in vehicles and numbered units thereof, as well as for the use of the State registration number plates for trade. Until the day of the coming into force of the relevant Cabinet regulations, but not longer than 1 October 2007 Cabinet Regulation No. 849 of 17 October 2006, Regulations regarding Trade Requirements for Vehicles and Numbered Units thereof and the Procedures for the Use of the State Registration Number Plates for Trade, shall be applied insofar as it is not in contradiction to this Law.

[15 February 2007]

10. Amendments to Section 22, Paragraph 3.1 of this Law regarding the replacement of the words "theoretical training or" with the words "including" and regarding the deletion of the word "theoretical" from Section 22, Paragraphs 3.2 and five of this Law shall come into force on 1 January 2008. Up to the day of the coming into force of these amendments the Cabinet shall issue appropriate to them the regulations referred to in Section 22, Paragraph five of this Law.

[15 February 2007]

11. The amendments to this Law regarding the deletion of Section 22, Paragraph three and the expression of Section 30.1 in the new text shall come into force on 1 October 2007. Up to the day of the coming into force of these amendments the Cabinet shall issue the regulations referred to in Section 30.1, Paragraphs five, six, seven and eight (new text) of this Law.

[15 February 2007]

12. The amendments to this Law regarding the expression of Section 31 in the new text, the deletion of Section 31.1, Paragraph one and the addition of Paragraph six to Section 31.2 shall come into force on 11 April 2007. Up to the day of the coming into force of these amendments the Cabinet shall issue the regulations referred to in Section 31, Paragraphs one and two (new text) of this Law.

[15 February 2007]

13. The driving licences for tractor type machinery and driving licences for special tractor-type machinery issued until 1 January 2009 shall be valid until the expiry thereof.

[15 May 2008]

14. The Cabinet shall by 31 December 2009 issue the regulations (in new wording) referred to in Section 22, Paragraph two of this Law, which determine the procedures for the acquisition and renewal of the right to drive a vehicle and the procedures and time periods for the issuance, change and renewal of a driving licence. Until the day of coming into force of the relevant regulations, but not longer than until 31 December 2009, Cabinet Regulation No. 634 of 27 July 2004, Procedures for the Acquisition of Qualification of Driver of Tractor-type Machinery and Procedures for the Issuance of Driving Licence for Tractor-type Machinery, Cabinet Regulation No. 127 of 15 February 2005, Procedures for the Acquisition of Driver's Qualification for Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Procedures for the Issuance, Change and Renewal of Driving Licence and Cabinet Regulation No. 173 of 6 March 2007, Procedures for the Acquisition of Driver Qualification, Procedures for the Acquisition and Renewal of the Right to Drive a Vehicle and Procedures for the Issuance, Change and Renewal of Driving Licence, insofar as they are not in contradiction with this Law.

[19 February 2009]

15. The Cabinet shall by 31 December 2009 issue the regulations referred to in Section 22, Paragraph four of this Law (in new wording), which determine the requirements for merchants, educational institutions and specialists, which provide training of drivers, training programmes for drivers, as well as the procedures for the control of training process of drivers. Until the day of coming into force of the relevant regulations, but not longer than until 31 December 2009 Cabinet Regulation No. 131 of 15 February 2005, Regulations Regarding Requirements for Educational Institutions and Specialists which Provide Training of Drivers and Training Programs for Drivers, and Cabinet Regulation No. 406 of 7 July 2005, Qualification Requirements for Specialists and Requirements for Educational Institutions which Provide Training of Drivers of Tractor-type Machinery and Training Programs for Drivers of Tractor-type Machinery, insofar as they are not in contradiction with this Law.

[19 February 2009]

16. Section 9, Paragraphs four, five and six of this Law shall come into force on 1 July 2009.

[19 February 2009]

17. The Cabinet shall by 30 June 2009 issue the regulations referred to in Section 9, Paragraph six of this Law.

[19 February 2009]

18. The Cabinet shall by 31 July 2009 issue the regulations referred to in Section 10, Paragraph 1.4 of this Law. Until the day of coming into force of the relevant regulations, but not longer than until 31 July 2009 Cabinet Regulation No. 446 of 27 April 2004, Regulations for Vehicle Registration and Cabinet Regulation No. 618 of 20 July 2004, Regulations for Registration of Tractor-type Machinery and Trailers Thereof, insofar as they are not in contradiction with this Law.

[19 February 2009]

19. The amendment to Section 45, Paragraph 2.1 of this Law regarding deletion of the word "(parish or district councils)" shall come into force on 1 July 2009.

[19 February 2009]

20. The amendments to this Law regarding the restatement of Section 1, Clauses 11, 12, 13, 21 and 30, Section 22, Paragraph one and first sentence of Paragraph two, Sections 23 and 24 of this Law, supplementing of Section 9, Paragraph two after the words "motor-cycles, tricycles, quadricycles" with the word "moped" and supplementing of Section 22, Paragraph two with a new second sentence, as well as amendments to Section 10, Paragraph one, Clause 3 regarding replacement of the words" trailers thereof and mopeds" with the words "and trailers thereof", to Section 10, Paragraph eight, Clause 2 regarding replacement of the words "trailers and mopeds" with the words "and trailers", to Section 15, Paragraph two regarding replacement of the words" trailers thereof and mopeds" with the words "and trailers thereof", to Section 15, Paragraph four regarding replacement of the words "trailers thereof (except for tractor-type machinery and trailers thereof) and mopeds" with the words " and trailers thereof (except for tractor-type machinery and trailers thereof) and exclusion of the word "moped" in Section 15.1, Paragraphs one, two and four shall come into force on 1 January 2012.

[3 March 2011]

21. Amendments to Section 25, Paragraph one of this Law regarding exclusion of the words "officials of the Road Transport Inspection (during the control of passengers and cargo transport by road)" shall come into force on 1 April 2011.

[9 June 2011]

22. Until 1 September 2011 the Cabinet shall issue the Regulation referred to in Section 10.1 of this Law regarding the rates, procedures for the payment and exemptions from the State fee for registration of vehicles to be registered with the State Technical Supervision Agency. Until the day of coming into force of the relevant Regulation, but not longer than until 1 September 2011, the Cabinet Regulation No. 845 of 8 November 2005, Regulation Regarding State Fee for Vehicle Registration (Vehicle Register Fee), insofar as it is not in contradiction with this Law.

[9 June 2011]

23. Until 30 December 2011 the Cabinet shall issue the Regulation referred to in Section 4, Paragraph five of this Law regarding the approval of a price list of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate, as well as determine the range of persons who shall be released from the payment for the referred to services. Until the day of coming into force of the relevant Regulation, but not longer than until 30 December 2011, the Cabinet Regulation No. 879 of 18 December 2007, Regulation Regarding Price List of Paid Services Provided by State Stock Company Road Traffic Safety Directorate within the Framework of State Administrative Functions, insofar as it is not in contradiction with this Law.

[9 June 2011]

24. The amendment to this Law regarding supplementing of Section 9, Paragraph five with Clause 8 shall come into force on 1 August 2011.

[9 June 2011]

25. The amendment to this Law regarding supplementing of Section 16 with Paragraph 6.1 shall come into force on 1 January 2012.

[9 June 2011]

26. The amendment to Section 28, Paragraph one, Clause 1 of this Law regarding restating thereof shall come into force on 1 January 2012.

[9 June 2011]

27. Until 1 June 2012 the Cabinet shall develop and submit to the Saeima draft laws which provide that the first periodic technical inspection of new vehicles previously non-registered in Latvia shall be performed not later than 24 months after registration thereof for the first time in Latvia.

[23 February 2012]

Informative Reference to European Union Directives

This Law contains legal norms arising from:

1) Council Directive 91/439/EEC of 29 July 1991 on driving licences;

2) Council Directive 2002/15/EC of 11 March 2002 on the organisation of the working time of persons performing mobile road transport activities;

3) Directive 2006/126/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on driving licences; and

4) Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2010 on the framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport.

[15 December 2005; 3 March 2011; 23 February 2012]

The Law has been adopted by the Saeima on 1 October 1997.

Acting for the President,
Deputy Chairperson of the Saeima A. Ameriks

Rīga, 21 October 1997

 


1 The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia

Translation © 2012 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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