Dutch news in brief, 16 September 2005

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Health form 'too complicated', The application form for the healthcare supplement, or zorgtoeslag, is still too difficult for many people, the umbrella group of senior citizens groups CSO said on Friday. Millions of people will be eligible for the rebate to compensate them for higher health insurance premiums when the new healthcare comes into operation on 1 January. The tax office, Belastingdienst, started posting out the forms last week. The application was meant to be simple to fill in but the CSO claim

Health form 'too complicated'

The application form for the healthcare supplement, or zorgtoeslag, is still too difficult for many people, the umbrella group of senior citizens groups CSO said on Friday. Millions of people will be eligible for the rebate to compensate them for higher health insurance premiums when the new healthcare comes into operation on 1 January. The tax office, Belastingdienst, started posting out the forms last week. The application was meant to be simple to fill in but the CSO claim it should be reworked because it is too complicated for many people.

Green light for new driving licence

The government gave its approval on Friday for the introduction of a new type of driving licence in October next year. Transport Minister Karla Peijs has campaigned for the new credit card-style licence which will replace the pink paper document in use since 1984. The new card includes an anti-forgery kinegram - a sort of hologram formed by fine lines of different thickness and shape. As the angle of the light changes, the image of kinegram also changes, producing the effect of a moving picture.

Company car market collapses

The market for commercial vehicles has collapsed within two months of the introduction of new tax regulations. In July 85 percent fewer company car and van were sold compared with a year earlier. Business organisation MKB Nederland said the car dealership sector stands to lose EUR 700 million this year if Tax Minister Joop Wijn does not do something quickly. Since 1 July companies have to pay the BMP road tax for private cars when buying commercial vehicles. The minister introduced the change as part of a new scheme to tackle the undeclared private use of company cars.

No chance of a 'granny summer'

Weather bureau KNMI has ruled out the possibility the surprising "Indian Summer" in September will be followed by more unseasonal sun, or an 'oudewijvenzomer' (granny summer). After heavy rain on Thursday, the KNMI said the pubic shouldn't expect late summer sun from 17 to 25 September. "But the weather won't be too bad either, rather changeable," a spokesperson said.

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