Dutch news in brief, 31 March 2006

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Trucker faces work order for death of child

Trucker faces work order for death of child

A prosecutor asked a court in Arnhem on Friday to impose a 150-hour community service order and limit the licence of a lorry driver for killing a girl, 4, in a traffic accident in the district of Nederhemert last July. The girl was standing behind her mother on the verge at the side of the road when the vehicle driven by R. van S., 47, crossed over from the other side and struck her.

Utility gives town a compensation 'present'

Haaksbergen Municipality in the east of the Netherlands has been given EUR 300,000 by energy company Essent in compensation for the difficulties caused by a major power cut last November. The area was without power for a weekend as a result of snow storms. Essent said on Friday the money was free to be used to benefit local people and businesses. Essent has also compensated households for the loss of power and it is working to deal with claims lodged by individuals.

Grand Prix racing returns to Zandvoort

Grand Prix racing is returning to the Dutch seaside town of Zandvoort after a 21-year absence. The racing from 30 September to 1 October 2006 kicks off A1 Grand Prix's second season. This will be the first time A1 Grand Prix has raced in the Netherlands. The organisers say A1 is the first opportunity in any area of motor-sport for nations to compete on a level playing field. "Technology and innovation are deliberately equalised and performance is determined by human bravery, skill and excellence," the A1GP organisation says.

Floating detention centres are safe, minister insists

The two prison boats in Rotterdam, housing hundreds of deportees, meet fire-safety requirements, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said in a letter to parliament on Friday. Donner also dismissed suggestions some personnel lack the proper training or that there are higher numbers of suicide, violence, illness or complaints than in ordinary jails.   

Tax office seizes 100 cars

The Tax Office (Belastingdienst) and the tax department of Amsterdam City Council have seized almost 100 cars to compel owners with long-outstanding tax arrears to pay up. The action has so far resulted in the payment of EUR 83,000 in back taxes.  The cars seized will be sold unless the owners pay the motor tax or local charges owed. The Tax Office expects to carry out more of these types of operations in future.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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