Clamp-down on anti-social driving in Netherlands

11th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

Dutch Transport Minister wants to take a tougher stance against driver caught speeding or driving too close to other road users.

11 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Transport Minister Camiel Eulings wants to reduce the number of traffic fatalities by penalising anti-social driving.

The transport minister wants to bring deaths down to a maximum of 500 a year by 2020. In 2007, 791 people died in traffic accidents.

Dutch roads are relatively safe compared to other countries, but Eulings thinks a tougher stance against those who regularly break traffic regulations could make them even safer.

Experienced drivers caught speeding or driving too close to other road users will lose their licence. Novice drivers are already subjected to stricter rules.

A road safety research institute wants young drivers to be banned from driving at night and more roundabouts. The minister has rejected these suggestions.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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