Dutch police officers embarrassed by steep fines

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The police Union ANPV says police officers are embarrassed by the steep fines they are forced to impose for traffic offences. The union says there is no longer a connection between the height of the fine and the seriousness of the offence.

The government has raised all traffic fines by 15 percent effective 1 January 2011. The police union says the measure was purely intended to increase revenue.

Running a red light now carries a 185-euro fine, while shoplifting will only set a thief back 50 euros. The ANPV says it is impossible to explain the discrepancy between these amounts to the general public.

The union says the excessive fines are not just an embarrassment to police officers; they also provoke aggression among motorists. The union has called on its members to write Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten to protest against the steep fines.


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  • Mike posted:

    on 10th February 2011, 13:11:45 - Reply

    I found out interesting things about how the police work with one traffic offence. I received a fine for going through a red light. I asked for the photograph because I was not stopped immediately afterwards. There was no photograph, but I was "observed" by an officer, who may be acting alone and does not require his police partner with him or her. There is no appeal system shoudl one suggest that the incident never happened and it was made up so a police officer and his/her police station can maintain quota's. On a previous occasion, there was also no photograph and I was "observed" again, and I saw the sheet used to document those who were reported for this offence. What happens is the police stake out a suitable red light, sit in a car, note down a few cars that did pass on red, or more likely on amber, and get back to the station in time for tea. You are guilty, not proven guilty using reasonable evidence, and you have to pay. It's tax by another name.