Netherlands has highest traffic fines in Europe

28th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The Netherlands has risen to the top of the European traffic fine rankings as new legislation in Belgium cuts average penalties there.

28 March 2006

BRUSSELS — The Netherlands has risen to the top of the European traffic fine rankings as new  legislation in Belgium cuts average penalties there.

The Netherlands' southern neighbour used to have the toughest fines. Belgium is now ranked fourth, trailing the Netherlands, France and Luxembourg, news agency Belga reported on Tuesday.

The Flemish motorists association VAB said it is pleased with the new legislation, stressing that the new system is more logical and reasonable.

The federal government recently adopted a graduated fines system, with fines rising in steps from EUR 50-100-150 and so on. The new system is combined with a fine based on the risk factor: the greater the risk of injury, the greater the fine.

The fine for driving while using a mobile phone will increase, but the fine for not turning your car off will fall. "The fines will decline on average by 11 percent and the large anomalies will disappear," VAB spokesman Maarten Matienko said.

The VAB compared the new fines with those in neighbouring countries based on a list of 15 traffic violations.

The study indicated that Belgium (EUR 1,537) was no longer the most expensive country. The Netherlands tops the list at EUR 1,623. Belgium's new traffic legislation will come into force on Friday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgium news +  Dutch news

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