Fines spiked to help out Dutch justice budget
The Dutch Ministry of Justice is increasing its fines in an effort to rake in more money. Press reports say that penalties for traffic offences and other relatively minor breaches of the law will be increased by 15 percent.
According to mass-circulation daily on Thursday, the ministry hopes to capitalise on minor offences like relieving oneself in the street, walking one's dog where that is not allowed, cyclists not indicating a turn to the left or right, "borrowing" supermarket trolleys, or travelling by bus without a ticket.
The expected rise in traffic fines was reported on Tuesday by evening paper . Another move by the ministry is to fine offenders rather than hand down community service orders.
It is unclear how the Justice Ministry expects to police petty offences as police unions and the Socialist Party recently claimed that earlier cuts had reduced operational staffing to "perilously low levels".
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