The DGT finalizes a change in the fine notification system: this is how it can affect you

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Do you have a company? This interests you. At least if it has associated vehicles and you want to avoid a good scare in case you receive a fine. In just over two months, the November 1st, the DGT It will apply a small big change —small in form, big in consequences— in the system it uses to issue its communications to legal entities. If they don’t know it or don’t know how to use it, the sanctions might not reach them, with all that that implies.

We explain it to you in detail.

The DGT has an online service called Road Electronic Address (DEV), which basically acts as a link to facilitate contact between users and the public administration. As defined by the DGT itself, it is “an electronic mailbox in which you can register to receive communications and notifications that we have to send you electronically”.

For legal purposes, it is the same as if you received them on paper.

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The DEV offers some important advantages. The main one is that it saves the user from having to pay attention to the mailbox or notifying the DGT every time they move. Once you have registered, the notifications, especially the fines and penalties, arrive through DEV with a notice via email and SMS.

Despite its advantages, registering with DEV is voluntary for individuals. Not so for legal entities, such as companies, which are obliged to do so every time they register or change the ownership of a vehicle. The requirement was scheduled more than a decade ago and started to apply in 2016; but –details motorpassion— The DGT decided to set a broad moratorium to comply with this obligation and continued with the notifications through traditional postal mail.

That margin runs out now, in a matter of months.

On November 1, legal entities will see how the moratorium expires and the administration automatically registers in DEV those entities that have not registered up to now. Consequence: notifications, such as fines or notice of certain procedures, will only reach you through that channel.

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The change only affects legal entities that have associated vehicles, such as rental companies or with a fleet of trucks or cars; but for them it is important to be up to date about the change and familiarize themselves with how DEV works. If this is not the case, they risk not being aware of the arrival of a possible sanction, with all the consequences that this implies.

Signing up for the service is easy —here is explained step by step– Y makes it easy to receive notifications both from the DGT and from other organizations with competences in traffic matters. By way of example, Interior indicates the Catalan Traffic Service, the Basque Government’s Traffic Directorate or town halls that have joined the system. On its website, DEV includes a list.

Once the notification is issued, the user has a period of ten calendar days to download it from the electronic mailbox. The administration gives the notice by notified and starts the calendar to benefit from prompt payment or file an appeal. The fact that the notification is not downloaded does not mean that the process is blocked: the notification expires, it is considered rejected and the deadlines run.

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Do you have a company? This interests you. At least if it has associated vehicles and you want to avoid…

Do you have a company? This interests you. At least if it has associated vehicles and you want to avoid…

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