Friday, April 19, 2024

The Netherlands raises all speed bumps because the country lacks money

The Netherlands lacks money. And the country's government will now find them among the drivers, whom the police must punish even more severely.

The Netherlands lacks money. And motorists will now quite literally have to pay for it through higher speeding tickets.

That's what Auto Motor und Sport writes.

Specifically, the Dutch government is raising all speed and parking booths by 10 percent. Of this, they defend themselves by saying that 5.7 percent is due to general inflation.

The rest – i.e. 4.3 percent – must, on the other hand, help to close gaps in the Dutch treasury.

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And it is actually the second time in just one year that the Dutch have made it more expensive to sing too fast. In the end – i.e. in March 2023 – it was also because the country's government believed that there was a lack of money in the coffers.

Figures from the Netherlands' Ministry of Justice show that the country's police handed out 8.1 million speeding tickets to motorists last year.

The fact that the Dutch are now raising all speeding tickets is small compared to the law that entered into force in Austria on 1 March.

Following the Danish example, the Austrians have decided to introduce a law against crazy drivers. Nor did more than 72 hours pass, because the first driver had to hand over both car and registration card to the police. Read more about it here.

Back in the Netherlands, the new rules mean that it now costs 32 euros, which corresponds to 260 Danish kroner, as soon as the speed is 4 km/h over the permitted limit.

Going 30 km/h too fast in an urban zone now costs 421 euros or 3,139 Danish kroner. This year, the Netherlands is also continuing with the so-called 'flexible speed cameras'.

These are speed cameras that can be set up and taken down again – i.e. moved around – on roads that the police believe are high-risk stretches.

With the new speeding fine rates, the Netherlands is going in the exact opposite direction to Italy, where Transport Minister Matteo Salvini has banned speed cameras in several places. Read more about it here .

Read more about the police's hunt for motorists right here!


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