In Luxembourg, road traffic is governed by the Luxembourg Highway Code.
Anyone committing a traffic offence may be liable for:
- either a standard fine;
- or a written warning.
Who is concerned
Any driver who is the owner/holder of a motor vehicle and who commits a traffic offence may receive a fine or be issued a written warning.
If fined, the offender is invited to pay the sum due within 45 days of:
- the date of acceptance of the fine (at the time the facts are established);
- the date of receipt of the registered letter containing the notice of offence; or
- failing that, the date of delivery of the notice by the postal worker.
How to proceed
Payment of fines
The fine must be paid:
- either on the spot when the offence is established (mandatory procedure for non-residents), in cash or possibly by credit card;
- or, within 45 days, if the offender is unable to pay at the time the offence is established:
- in cash at any post office, or;
- in cash or possibly by credit card at any police station in Luxembourg, or;
- by bank transfer to the account of the Grand-Ducal Police—IBAN: LU67 1111 0127 5952 0000; BIC: CCPLLULL; beneficiary: Grand-Ducal Police—specifying the reference number of the fine, the licence plate number, and the date of the offence, or;
- by international transfer from a bank located abroad (bank-to-bank transfer) to the account of the Grand-Ducal Police—IBAN: LU67 1111 0127 5952 0000; BIC: CCPLLULL; beneficiary: Grand-Ducal Police—specifying the reference number of the fine, the licence plate number, and the date of the offence.
Speeding fines issued if caught by a speed camera must be paid by other means.
Disputing a standard fine
Generally, a fine may be disputed on the spot, where the offence is established by the reporting officer. In that case, the fine is replaced by an ordinary written warning.
If the offender does not normally reside in Luxembourg and does not pay the fine on the spot, the fine is replaced by a standard written warning. Furthermore, the offender must pay, on the spot, a deposit corresponding to the amount of the fine.
Specifically, if a fine is issued in the absence of the reporting agent—violation of the regulations for stopping, waiting or parking—it may be disputed as described below:
If the facts are disputed, the offender may:
- personally appear at the police station that issued the report, or;
- send their written challenge to the General Directorate of the Grand-Ducal Police (Direction Générale de la Police Grand-Ducale), National Fines Department (Service National des Avertissements Taxés - SNAT), L-2957 Luxembourg.
If the fine is paid within 45 days of the date the offence was established, all proceedings will cease. If the fine is paid after this 45-day time limit has elapsed:
- the amount is reimbursed if the driver is acquitted;
- if the offender is found to be guilty, the amount is added to the ordered fine and to any legal fees.