Dutch police officers embarrassed by steep fines
The police Union ANPV says police officers are embarrassed by the steep fines they are forced to impose for traffic offences. The union says there is no longer a connection between the height of the fine and the seriousness of the offence.
The government has raised all traffic fines by 15 percent effective 1 January 2011. The police union says the measure was purely intended to increase revenue.
Running a red light now carries a 185-euro fine, while shoplifting will only set a thief back 50 euros. The ANPV says it is impossible to explain the discrepancy between these amounts to the general public.
The union says the excessive fines are not just an embarrassment to police officers; they also provoke aggression among motorists. The union has called on its members to write Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten to protest against the steep fines.http://cdn.radionetherlands.nl/data/files/450px-modern_british_led_traffic_light.jpg
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