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Paying parking tax

Parking your car or other vehicle is not free everywhere and at all times in the Netherlands. In some areas and at certain times you have to pay for parking. By paying for parking you also pay parking tax (parkeerbelasting). If you do not pay for parking where and when necessary you will be charged a penalty. This penalty is called a parking ticket (parkeerbon). If you disagree with the penalty you can challenge it with the municipality.

Sometimes it is unclear whether you have paid for parking, for example if:

  • the parking attendant cannot see your parking receipt in your vehicle’s window;
  • the parking period on the receipt has expired;
  • you have not paid for your parking using a parking app;
  • you have not registered your car’s registration number in the parking app.

You will then receive a notice to pay for parking, plus the penalty.

Do you disagree with a penalty and wish to challenge it? You can contact the municipality that issued it.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Parking fine or traffic fine

If you have not paid for parking, you will be charged a penalty. This is referred to as a parkeerbon (parking ticket) or parking fine. You receive this parking fine from your municipality. And you pay the fine to the municipality.

You may also be fined for a traffic violation (Wet Mulder, 'Mulder Act'). For example, for parking in a place where that is not allowed. You pay a traffic fine to the Centraal Justitieel Incassobureau - CJIB ('Central Judicial Collection Agency').

Payment of a parking fine

The costs of a parking fine are € 68,- including the parking costs for 1 hour.

You can pay a parking fine by transferring the money to: 

Name: Gemeente Nijmegen, FA70 Gemeentebelastingen
Account number: NL21 INGB 0003 1579 62 (Bank Identifier Code is INGBNL2A)
Specifying the following: the number of your parking fine.

Payment of traffic fine

You can recognize a traffic fine by the letter M (from the Mulder law) at the top right in the letter. You pay this fine to the CJIB (

Parking fine

Do you disagree with the fine? If so, you can lodge a complaint. You must do so within 6 weeks as soon as you have officially received the fine by letter. Please note: pay your fine on time, even if you lodge a complaint. If your complaint is justified, you will be refunded the costs.

You can lodge a complaint by writing us. Put in your complaint:

  • your name and address;
  • date;
  • number of the fine;
  • reason for your complaint;
  • your signature.

Send your complaint to:

Gemeente Nijmegen
Afdeling Belastingen
Postbus 9105
6500 HG Nijmegen

Traffic fine

If you have received a traffic fine, you can lodge a complaint at the CJIB (

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Nijmegen

Last updated on 22 September 2022