As from what speed the camera shall take a photo?
In the speed area of 90 kilometres per hour the cameras have been adjusted to fix breaches of speed limit as from 97 kilometres per hour. From such speed uncertainty of measurement 4 kilometres per hour shall be deducted, therefore the first warning fine shall be established for exceeding of speed limit by 3 kilometres per hour. For each kilometer exceeding the permitted speed limit shall be paid 3 €, thus, the minimum amount of cautionary fine shall be 9 €. The maximum level of cautionary fine shall be 190 € – in case if the fine for exceeding of speed limit would be higher than such level, then the breach shall be forwarded to general proceeding. A fine decision made in a general proceeding has penal power.
Shall a separate cautionary fine be sent for each photo taken by a camera?
In case if exceeding of speed limit by one and the same vehicle shall be fixed in succession by several cameras, then the owner or responsible user of the vehicle must pay for each fixed exceeding of speed limit. In such case the person who has committed the infringements will receive into his or her mailbox a separate notice of fine for each fixed exceeding of speed limit.
Shall ambulances, police and fire control be also receiving notices of fine?
A speed camera shall fix exceeding of speed limit regardless of whether it was an ordinary vehicle, police vehicle, ambulance or fire control. Notice of fine shall be sent on equal grounds to all those who have exceeded the speed limit. In case if a vehicle was an emergency vehicle and blinkers were working on such vehicle, then the responsible user of such vehicle shall fill in the form for challenging which is enclosed with the notice of fine and he or she must also prove the legal reason for exceeding the speed limit.
License plate of motorbikes is in the back. In what way is their exceeding of speed limit fixed?
At present the speed cameras have been adjusted to measure only the speed of approaching vehicles and they do not fix the vehicles moving off from them. As the license plate of motorbikes is regularly in the back, therefore exceeding of speed limit by motorbikes shall not be fixed. Upon necessity the speed cameras can be adjusted also to fix the vehicles moving off from them, including motorbikes. One should not also forget that, in addition to cameras, ordinary mobile units are also working and they also measure speed of road users.
How to pay the cautionary fine?
You have 30 days to pay the cautionary fine or to contest the notice of fine. The required data and reference is provided on the notice of fine. Each notice of fine includes a payment order and the explanation with separate instructions for proper payment of the cautionary fine to the account of the Ministry of Finance. Upon payment, the proper reference number must be provided. A cautionary fine is deemed to be paid on time if it is received to the bank account specified in the notice of fine by the due date for payment and includes the reference number stated on the particular notice of fine. If the person responsible for a motor vehicle does not contest the notice of fine but at the same time fails to pay the cautionary fine by the due date, or the cautionary fine has not been duly received due to improper transfer, the body conducting extra-judicial proceedings shall submit the notice of fine to a bailiff for compulsory execution. When preparing the payment order, you must always make sure, prior making the transfer, that all the requested data is accurate and correctly provided, so that the cautionary fine will be received to the bank account of the Ministry of Finances in proper amount and with the reference number stated on the notice of fine.
Can the cautionary fine be challenged?
In case if a person who has received a notice of fine wishes to challenge the fine, then he or she must fill in the pre-filled form for challenging, which is enclosed with the notice. A cautionary fine can be challenged only in case if the vehicle or the license plate was stolen (confirmation of competent authority regarding the theft is mandatory) or there appears any other aspect which precludes unlawfulness of exceeding the speed limit.
Machines as well as human beings make mistakes. How is reliability of the system secured?
HIS is an information system for proceeding traffic requirements violations which have been fixed by automatic device for traffic supervision. HIS collects from Estonian Road Administration „Database of stationary automatic measurement system for exceeding of speed limit“ the information concerning exceeding of speed limit - the data and records of exceeding the speed limit. On the basis of a record the registration number of vehicle is established. Based on correct information automatic inquiries are made. Based on correct results of such inquiries notices of fine are prepared, payments are monitored, appeals are proceeded. In order to send out a notice of fine, two police officers shall, independent of each other, establish uniquely the registration number of the vehicle, thereafter an officer shall send the notice of fine for legal entity to the address or e-mail address stated in the commercial register, and for natural person to the address stated in the national register. If a natural person has taken into use or has directed to some of his or her e-mail addresses an e-mail address which ends with @eesti.ee, then the notice of fine shall be sent to such address. In case if the registration number established by two police officers does not match in between, then such specific case shall be automatically excluded from the general information flow and a third officer, who is acting as internal control officer, shall have to resolve whether the license plate is uniquely established or not.
A camera is taking photos, but I shall receive only a written notice. Is it possible for me to see the photo of my alleged breach?
No copy of the photo shall be enclosed with the notice of fine. Upon request of the person responsible for a power-driven vehicle a copy of the photo by which the act was established shall be sent to him or her. Filing an application for receipt of the photo shall not suspend the 30-days time period granted for payment of the notice of fine. The photo shall be sent to an e-mail or ordinary mail address named by the responsible user. In case if a photo recorded by a speed camera reflects also some passengers besides the driver in the vehicle salon, then, for the purpose of protection of personal data, reflections of all persons besides the driver shall be blurred.
Whether the drivers of leased vehicles will also receive a warning fine?
If the speed camera fixates excess of the speed limit by a leased car, the warning fine will be sent to a registered responsible user of the vehicle. In case of rented cars, the warning fine notice will be sent to a rental company that will behave according to terms and conditions agreed in rental contract.
How is it possible to obtain additional information related to cameras?
On a website of the Police and Border Guard Board, several issues related to speed cameras are explicated and tried to respond to frequently asked questions. This information is being amended constantly according to needs. It is also possible to apply with problems and questions related to speed cameras to the phone number 612 3280. Additional information can be also obtained on a website of the Road Administration by address: http://www.mnt.ee/
I am the owner of the vehicle, but someone else controlled it. Why is the fine sent to me?
Pursuant to section 11 of the Traffic Act, the owner of a vehicle, if he/she hands the power-driven vehicle over to be operated by another person, must preserve the data related to the user of the power-driven vehicle during the use and for 6 months after termination of use. Thus, the owner of the vehicle must know who has used the vehicle in his/her possession for the last six months. Pursuant to Traffic Act, the owner of the vehicle must preserve the user’s given name and surname, address, number of driver’s licence and date of birth or ID-code. Together with the fine notice there is a pre-filled appeal form where the owner may enter the data of the person who drove the vehicle in fact and to send the appeal form back to the police.
Why is the fine notice sent to me, although I have formalised a written contract and sold the vehicle?
In the written warning proceeding, fine notice is sent to registered responsible user of the power-driven vehicle. Thus, in order to avoid later inconveniencies, it is always most certain to formalize the change of the owner (buying and selling) in the Traffic Register Bureau. If change of an owner is effected on the basis of the sales contract, then the vehicle must be registered in the Traffic Register within 5 working days after its acquisition. Driving a power-driven vehicle which has not been registered or re-registered pursuant to established procedure is punishable by a fine of up to 100 fine units and it is possible to punish for allowing to drive such a power-driven vehicle by an owner, possessor or by a person responsible for roadworthiness or propulsion, by a fine of up to 200 fine units.
May I pay the fine immediately also in case I was not driving the vehicle myself?
Yes, it is possible. In case it is paid for another person, then the name of person for whom it is paid, must be added to details to payment and in addition, the number of the decision must be marked. It is very important to mark also the correct reference number as the payment can not be effected without the reference number.
May I pay the fine also myself, although I am not the owner of the vehicle, but exceeding of the speed limit was committed by me?
Yes, that is possible, if the person responsible for the motor vehicle gives the notice of fine to You for settlement. If the payment is made instead of another person, then the explanatory section must include the name of the person instead of whom the fine was paid and the number of the notice of fine must also be provided. Definitely, when making the transfer for settlement of a cautionary fine, the correct reference number stated on that particular notice of fine must be used. When preparing the payment order, you must always make sure, prior making the transfer, that all the requested data is accurate and correctly provided, so that the cautionary fine will be received to the bank account of the Ministry of Finances in proper amount and with the reference number stated on the notice of fine.
How is the fine notice delivered to a natural person?
In written cautioning procedure, a fine notice to a natural person is generally sent by registered mail to the address recorded in the population register. If the natural person has previously activated his/her official e-mail address in the state portal eesti.ee, then the fine notice shall be first sent electronically to this address. Electronic sending of fine notices requires that the person holds an activated e-mail address in the form of IDcode@eesti.ee, which is directed to another e-mail address, and an ID card with valid certificate, which is needed to open the encrypted fine notice.
In the case of failure to deliver the fine notice to the person responsible for the power-driven vehicle, the fine notice shall be published in the official publication Ametlikud Teadaanded. A notice of fine shall be deemed to be publicly delivered after the lapse of thirty days from the date it was published in Ametlikud Teadaanded, or when the person confirms in the information system of Ametlikud Teadaanded, that he/she has received the fine notice.