Do you disagree with a traffic fine in the Netherlands?
If you have received correspondence from us with the letter code M, you are liable to pay a traffic fine. If you disagree with this traffic fine, you can file an objection with the Public Prosecution Service. This is referred to as appealing. As long as your appeal is pending, you do not have to pay the outstanding sum. This means that in this situation, you should not yet make any request to pay in instalments until your case is resolved.
Do you wish to challenge your traffic fine?
In the Netherlands, fines must be paid by a car’s owner, even if they were not driving the car at the time of the offence. The owner of the car can, of course, ask the person driving at the time to pay the fine. If that person is unwilling to pay, however, Dutch law stipulates that the owner must do so. This is called registration number liability and is stated in Dutch law.
There is no point in submitting an appeal to explain that you were not driving the car at the time. You can, however, authorise the driver to submit an appeal using the authorisation form. This form must be completed and signed, and sent along with the appeal.
You can appeal against the decision by sending a letter to the Public Prosecution Service. You must do this within 6 weeks of the date on our letter.
- Your letter should include all the following information:
– Your name, address, place of residence, date of birth and place of birth
– Why you disagree with this fine
– Your IBAN (this is your bank account number in international format)
– The date on which you are writing the letter
– Your signature
- Send your letter, along with a copy of the fine notification, to:
3500 MJ Utrecht
If you have already paid the fine directly to the police, include a copy of the police report.
What happens next?
If you have challenged your traffic fine, you will receive a letter from the digital service desk of the Public Prosecution Service’s Central Processing Unit (Parket CVOM) confirming receipt of your appeal. Sometimes they will ask for more information from you. You will then receive a letter from us stating the decision made by the Public Prosecution Service. It may take up to sixteen weeks for you to receive this letter.