Highways in Latvia

The length of the Latvian public road network is 73,592 km. Of which with a hard surface – 20,131 km.

Toll roads

There is no road toll in Latvia.

Land with special payment

Only entry to the Jurmala tourist area is chargeable. The participation fees are valid from April 1st to September 30th. The rest of the time – from October 1st to March 31st – entry to Jurmala is free.

Entry tariffs to the tourist area of ​​Jurmala for 2020:

vehicle1 day7 days30 days90 days04/01 – 09/30
 € 210 €€ 3155 €€ 107

The number of entries is not limited during the period of validity of the pass. The ID cards are checked with video cameras. The fine for entry without a passport is € 50.

The pass can be purchased online at  jurmala.lv  .

Parking in Riga

Almost all parking spaces in the center of Riga are chargeable. Parking spaces RP SIA Rigas satiksme – Parking is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Zone R (Vecriga) the opening times are daily from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. The parking spaces can be used free of charge for the rest of the time, as well as on Sundays and public holidays.

Riga park map

The cost of parking in Riga varies depending on the zone in which it is located.

As of April 1, 2015, the following parking fees for parking in Riga have been set:

ZoneFee for the first hourPayment for subsequent hours
Zone A.€ 2.503.00 €
Zone B.€ 2.00€ 2.50
Zone C.1.50 €€ 2.00
Zone D.1.00 €1.50 €
Zone R (Vecriga)€ 5.00€ 8.00

The cost of parking in Vecaki is € 2.00 for the entire period from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (from May 1st to September 30th).

parking fee

You can pay for parking in parking meters or by SMS.

When paying in parking meters, a receipt for the use of a paid parking space must be placed in a clearly visible place on the left side of the front panel of the vehicle so that the controller has the opportunity to check the presence and content of this document: Information on payment , Period of validity and document number must be visible …

Check if you are parking in Riga

The maximum time for free use of a paid parking lot during operation is 5 minutes. The maximum time allowed for free use of the paid parking space after the payment period has expired is 15 minutes.

More about the use of parking spaces in Riga –  Rigas satiksme 

Road map of Latvia

Road map of Latvia

Main traffic rules of Latvia

Speed ​​limit

Speed ​​limits in Latvia

Standard speed limits in Latvia (unless otherwise stated on signs). Cars and Motorcycles:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 90 km / h
  • on the way – 110 km / h

Cars with trailers:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 80 km / h
  • on the way – 90 km / h

The maximum speed in the residential area is 20 km / h.

The current maximum speed limits for passenger cars on the roads of European countries.

alcohol

The maximum permissible blood alcohol level is  0.5 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level is more than 0.5 ‰ and less than 1.0 ‰, the fine is € 430 to € 640 and the deprivation of the right to drive a car for 12 months.

If the blood alcohol level is more than 1.0 ‰ and less than 1.5 ‰, the fine is € 850 to € 1,400 and the deprivation of the right to drive a car for three years.

If the blood alcohol level is more than 1.5 ‰, the fine is € 1,200 to € 2,000, which removes the right to drive a car for five years. The same punishment threatens in case of refusal to be examined for the presence of alcohol or narcotics or psychotropic, toxic or other intoxicating substances in the human body.

For drivers whose driving experience does not exceed 2 years, the maximum permissible value is  0.2 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level of such drivers is more than 0.2 ‰ and less than 0.5 ‰, the fine is 210 to 430 € and the deprivation of the right to drive a car for up to six months.

Acceptable blood alcohol levels while driving in Europe.

dimmed headlights

The low beam is required around the clock all year round. The fine for driving without dipped headlights during the day is € 10.

For trips without dipped headlights at night or in poor visibility, the fine is 40 €.

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Transportation of children

When transporting children less than 150 cm tall, vehicles with seat belts must be fitted with special chairs or stands suitable for the child’s age and weight.

Violations of this rule result in a fine of 30 to 70 euros.

Requirements for the transport of children in light vehicles on the roads of European countries.

Seat belts

The use of seat belts is compulsory for front and rear passengers   .

The fine is € 30 to € 70 or a warning.

Make a phone call

It is forbidden to use a phone, tablet or any other mobile device that does not have the technical ability to negotiate hands-free while driving.

The fine is between € 25 and € 100.

Fines for phone calls while driving in European countries.

tint

The windshield must have a light transmission of at least 75% and the front side windows at least 70%.

Driving the vehicle in which the glass is installed and whose light transmission does not meet the legal requirements is punished with a fine of € 85.

Punish

Fines should not be paid directly to the police officer at the site of the offense. Fines must be paid within 30 days or an appeal will be filed.

The unit of the fine is used to calculate the fines – NSV (1 NSV = 5 EUR).

The complaint must be submitted within 10 working days from the date of notification of the imposition of an administrative penalty. Table of penalties for traffic violations in Latvia (euro):

violationFine
Failure by a police officer to comply with a legal obligation to stop the vehicle 15 €
Contact bridges and flyovers, flyovers, as well as pedestrian crossings30 €
Driving in a lane intended for public transport40 €
Driving on the roadside40 €
U-turn at level crossings55 €
Driving on bike paths, footpaths or sidewalks55 €
Failure to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front25 – 140 €
Stopping on sidewalks, level crossings or where prohibited40 €
The windshield wipers do not work on the driver’s side in rain or snow30 €
Overtaking at level crossings, footpaths and tunnels55 €
Exit an intersection or intersection in the event of an overload that forced the driver to stop, creating an obstacle to the vehicle’s transverse direction30 €
Go in the opposite direction on a one-way street55 €
Driving into the lane for oncoming traffic when overtaking55 €
Turn left or make a U-turn, which violates the requirements of traffic signs or road markings30 €
No alarm during an emergency stop or for passengers to disembark during the day30 €
No alarm during an emergency stop or to get passengers off at night or in poor visibility40 €
Passage at a red light30 – 140 €
Aggressive driving70 – 280 €

Speeding fines in Latvia

Latvia has different speeding fines in and out of settlements. For motorcycles and cars:

About speed
up to 10 km / ha warninga warning
from 11 km / h to 20 km / h40 €
or warning
€ 20
or warning
from 21 km / h to 30 km / h80 €40 €
from 31 km / h to 40 km / h160 €80 €
from 41 km / h to 50 km / h€ 240-320160 – 220 €
from 51 km / h to 60 km / h€ 360-460€ 240-320
over 60 km / h540 – 680 €€ 360 – 480

If the speed is exceeded by up to 20 km / h, a warning can be given instead of a fine.

If the speed is exceeded by more than 50 km / h, the driver’s license will be withdrawn from 3 to 6 months in addition to the fine. For cars with trailers:

About speed
up to 10 km / h€ 10
or warning
€ 10
or warning
from 11 km / h to 20 km / h80 €40 €
from 21 km / h to 30 km / h160 €80 €
from 31 km / h to 40 km / h€ 320160 €
from 41 km / h to 50 km / h€ 480 – 620320 – 440 €
from 51 km / h to 60 km / h€ 700-880€ 480 – 640
over 60 km / h1040-1400 €€ 720 – 960

If the speed is exceeded by more than 50 km / h, the driver’s license will be withdrawn from 6 months to 2 years in addition to the fine.

Useful information

petrol

Unleaded petrol (95 and 98) and diesel fuel are available in Latvia. Gas filling stations (LPG) are available.

Canned gasoline is allowed to be carried in a car on the territory of the country.

Changes compared to the previous period are displayed. Update every two weeks.

Crossing borders

The procedure for crossing the border of the Republic of Latvia:

  • Cross the barrier at the entrance to the control point and go to the desired corridor (red or green), depending on the availability of the items to be declared.
  • After approaching the checkpoint, turn off the engine and wait for the customs officer to inspect the car.
  • After the inspection everyone should go to the passport control window with their passports and get a stamp in the passport about crossing the border. In addition to their passport, the driver must also present the “registration certificate” for the car and the “green card” insurance.

According to Article 9 Part 1 of the  Road Traffic Act,  only vehicles whose technical condition complies with the requirements of the standards laid down in the legislation may be used in the territory of Latvia.

According to section 35.5. The driver must have a document confirming the passage of the technical inspection of the vehicle (diagnostic card – for vehicles registered in Russia) and present it at the request of the police, border guards or customs officers (in the customs zone) in the absence of the above Document, employees of the State Border Guard have  the right to refuse to cross  the border   – to enter the Republic of Latvia with this vehicle.

Map of the international control points over the state border of the Republic of Latvia (  Google Earth  ).

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112
  • Police – 110
  • Ambulance – 113
  • LAMB Roadside Assistance and Towing Service – 1888

Compulsory equipment

Equipment  You  Must Have in Your Car:

  • Warning triangle
  • First aid kit for cars
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Safety vest  – required when you leave a car that has been left standing on the road or on your shoulder at night or in poor visibility

Driving without a warning sign, first aid kit or fire extinguisher will result in a fine of 10 € or a warning.

Requirements for equipment that must be present in the car in various European countries.

Winter equipment

Winter tires

The use of winter tires in Latvia is mandatory for vehicles with a total weight of up to 3.5 tons from December 1st to March 1st. If not, a € 30 fine.

The minimum profile depth is 3 mm. If the tread depth is less than the minimum allowed, the fine will be between € 55 and € 140.

spikes

Studded tires can be used from October 1st to April 30th.

The fine for using studded tires between May 1st and October 1st is € 30.

Anti-slip chains

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.

Recommended equipment and other rules

Using Radar detectorforbidden. In case of discovery a fine of 55 € and the confiscation of the device itself.