Thousands 'unfairly' ticketed under ID law
11 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — Police have issued 80,000 tickets since the beginning of 2005 to people for failing to carry proper ID.
11 May 2006
AMSTERDAM — Police have issued 80,000 tickets since the beginning of 2005 to people for failing to carry proper ID.
But an investigation published by newspaper De Volkskrant on Thursday indicated the police often acted wrongly.
The paper said that the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) thinks police officers are often too quick to hand out a ticket to a person without ID, but whose identity is known.
Often the cases relate to 'acquaintances' of the police, such as homeless people or beggars. Others involve people who later come to the police station with a valid ID. The ID law, which came into force in January 2005, states a fine is not necessary in such cases.
The prosecutor's department in Utrecht rejected or returned half the ID tickets because they were unclear. About 80 percent of the cases in Rotterdam in the first three months of this year were set aside by justice officials because they were incorrectly issued.
The police have become more precise in dealing with the ID law in recent times, the prosecution departments said.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news