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Fines on federal highways: why can I get an infraction?

According to the regulation, these are the reasons why you can have fines on federal highways – which include driving very slowly – and the ways to pay them.

Driving by road does not exempt you from being subject to fines or infractions in case of failing to comply with the provisions of the Traffic Regulations for Federal Highways and Bridges of Mexico.

Below we explain who is responsible for lifting the fines, how to pay them, and in what case you can be sanctioned.

The national road network, which has been developed over several decades, connects almost all regions and communities in the country.
Some highways are in charge of the federal government and constitute the highway corridors, which provide access and communication to the main cities, borders and seaports of the country and, therefore, register the majority of passenger and cargo transport. 
Some sections are free, that is to say that driving through them has no cost, others are tolls, in which a toll must be paid to use them.
In addition to the federal highways, there are the state highways, which, as their name indicates, are the responsibility of the governments of each federal entity and include paved and surfaced highways; 
rural roads and gaps.
The paved roads are not paved, but provide service at any time of the year. 
Rural roads guarantee the passage of vehicles to rural localities (with less than 2,500 inhabitants) and the improved gaps are roads with little technical work. 
Together, these roads reinforce regional communication and link agricultural and livestock production areas; 
likewise, they ensure the integration of the areas.

Who can fine you on a federal highway?

When dealing with federal channels, it is precisely the federal police who are authorized to lift sanctions or infractions. However, they are not empowered to retain documentation that ensures the payment of the fines or to collect the amount of these, the contribution is made in another way.

Why can you be fined on a highway, according to the regulations?

Some of the offenses established in the Traffic Regulation of Federal Highways and Bridges of Mexico that result in a fine are:

  • Disobey stop devices and signs or proceed with caution
  • Throw away any material or substance that constitutes a danger or obstruction to the free movement of vehicles or people on federal roads.
  • It is prohibited to drive vehicles with a greater number of people than the number of seats designed for that purpose, in accordance with the Official Mexican Standard.
  • Drivers are prohibited from carrying packages and objects that obstruct their visibility during transit.
  • No type of vehicle may carry people inside when being transported or towed in towing maneuvers.
  • Traffic on federal highways may only be carried out by vehicles that are in a suitable physical and mechanical condition for their type and model, which reasonably ensures their operation and performance.
  • It is prohibited to drive in a state of psychophysical alteration, or under suspicion of ingesting alcohol, psychotropic substances, narcotics, including medications with this effect and all those drugs whose use affects your ability to drive. Prescription medicine prohibition not exempted.
  • Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are prohibited from urinating and defecating on federal roads.
  • Going too slow also credits a fine. Drivers who operate their vehicles at such a low speed that it hinders traffic on the federal highway and who do so when there are no safety reasons for vehicles or pedestrians or any other justified cause for it, will be sanctioned.

You can consult the complete regulation in the following link: https://www.diputados.gob.mx/LeyesBiblio/regla/n354.pdf.

How to pay a federal traffic fine?

The options to complete the payment of the violation are:

1. By calling the Commissioner’s Service Center (CEAC), at telephone numbers 088 and 800 4403690, toll-free.

2. Entering the page www.cns.gob.mx , clicking on the Procedure for Payment of Federal Highway Infractions button.

3. Going to any Office of Infractions located in the Federal Police Stations, throughout the Mexican Republic.

In all cases, you must have the infraction page and the file number of the Federal Police element that imposed the sanctions (when entering the Officer’s file number, you must omit, if applicable, the zeros found at the beginning of the numbering of the officer’s file, because the system does not recognize the zeros to the left causing it to not be able to generate the Capture Line).

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