34,000 without ID fined

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22 July 2005, RIJSWIJK – Approximately 34,000 people have been fined since 1 January for being unable to show proof of identity, a spokesperson for the Raad van Hoofdcommissarissen (council of chiefs of police) said on Thursday.

22 July 2005

RIJSWIJK – Approximately 34,000 people have been fined since 1 January for being unable to show proof of identity, a spokesperson for the Raad van Hoofdcommissarissen (council of chiefs of police) said on Thursday.

The identification requirement has been in effect since the beginning of this year for everyone older than fourteen in a public place.

In the first month after its introduction, 3,300 people were fined. Since then the number of fines has risen markedly.

The spokesperson for the chiefs of police emphasised that all fines were imposed ‘with reason’ and were not the result of random checks.

Police demanded ID from a varied group of people including shoplifters, cyclists without lights, hooligans and loitering youths. The fine is EUR 50 for people sixteen and older and EUR 25 for fourteen- and fifteen-year-olds.

Few conclusions can be drawn about the requirement’s effectiveness after just six months, the spokesperson said.  Justice Minister Donner has announced an evaluation will take place in 2008.


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