Morning newspapers – 21 August 2007

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Paid parking could get a great deal more expensive for large cars and those that cause a lot of pollution, like SUVs. The ministries of VROM (housing, spatial planning and the environment) and home affairs are working on a proposed bill that will make it possible for municipalities to charge higher parking fees for these kinds of cars. The Nederlands Dagblad reported that today. Municipalities are currently not permitted to adjust parking fees according to environmental characteristics. New parking ticket

Paid parking could get a great deal more expensive for large cars and those that cause a lot of pollution, like SUVs. The ministries of VROM (housing, spatial planning and the environment) and home affairs are working on a proposed bill that will make it possible for municipalities to charge higher parking fees for these kinds of cars. The Nederlands Dagblad reported that today. Municipalities are currently not permitted to adjust parking fees according to environmental characteristics. New parking ticket machines will be developed that will be linked to the National Road Traffic Service's database. Motorists will enter their vehicle registration number and be charged according to the data available on their vehicle.

Trouw also reports that it is becoming more difficult for people who drive cars with a heavy impact on the environment. The use of soot filters is being encouraged and a growing number of municipalities are establishing environmental zones where cars without soot filters are not permitted.

The labour inspectorate is starting an investigation into the high number of fatal accidents at farms involving children. 17 children have died in accidents at farms this year already, Trouw reports. Almost a quarter of the deaths in industrial accidents each year happen at farms, making it one of the three most dangerous sectors. The labour inspectorate wants to look into whether better information campaigns can reduce the number of deaths at farms.

Ad Melkert's position at the UN is under further pressure, according to the Nederlands Dagblad. Melkert was already under fire because a former employee of the UNDP, the development organisation where Melkert is second in command, has claimed that he was fired for bringing abuses at the organisation to light. An internal memo from the ethics commission at the UN says that the whistle-blower is right.

Footballer Mark van Bommel wants to play for the German national team in future. The Bayern Munich midfielder is considering taking German nationality because he does not want to play on the Dutch team under coach Marco van Basten. It still has to be looked into whether this is possible, Van Bommel told the Telegraaf, but he has already discussed the matter with German coach Joachim Löw.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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