No holidays for defaulters

25th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 July 2007, ROTTERDAM – A Rotterdam defaulter cannot go on holiday because his caravan has been seized. The municipal tax department is scanning the registration plates of caravans looking for people who, after several reminders, have not yet paid their parking fines, property tax or dog owners’ tax.

24 July 2007

ROTTERDAM – A Rotterdam defaulter cannot go on holiday because his caravan has been seized. The municipal tax department is scanning the registration plates of caravans looking for people who, after several reminders, have not yet paid their parking fines, property tax or dog owners’ tax.

After a wheel clamp was put on their caravans, 31 Rotterdam citizens have all of a sudden paid their tax debts, which meant that the municipality of Rotterdam cashed in EUR 14,000 in one week.

The department has been flooded with telephone calls of anxious holiday makers who want to borrow the caravan of friends or relatives but are afraid that those people have failed to pay their bills on time. The municipality is unrelenting and seizes the holiday home on wheels without trepidation, regardless of whose car the caravan is hooked up behind. To avoid disappointment the holiday makers should ask the owner whether he has paid his bills, according to a spokesperson on Tuesday. 

The municipal tax authorities will be checking registration numbers of caravans parked outside homes and at the slip roads of motorways until the end of August. The same holds for registration numbers of cars. Car owners who are well behind with their payments may also be wheel clamped.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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