MPs consider measures against fireworks

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Parliament considers measures to reduce nuisance from fireworks during the New Year's celebrations.

8 January 2008

THE HAGUE – Parliament plans to vote on putting an end to the nuisance caused by fireworks during new year's celebrations. Most factions think that a complete ban, as has been suggested by green-left GroenLinks, goes too far.

Christian democrat CDA MP Bas-Jan van Bochove says a ban would not be enforceable, partly because of the open borders. "We do not have enough people to ensure the streets are quiet," he said on Tuesday after a report in the Telegraaf.

The CDA is urging that municipalities be consulted about measures such as designated locations where fireworks may be set off.

"Municipalities should also be able to put on impressive firework shows so that people are encouraged to buy less themselves." Van Bochove says that the ministers of home affairs and housing, spatial planning and the environment should be involved, but that municipalities must take the lead.

Labour PvdA MP Ton Heerts also supports consultation with municipalities. Liberal VVD MP Fred Teeven has had enough of the talk. "Action plans and covenants do not achieve anything, people have to stick to the agreements."

He supports limiting the sale of fireworks to just two days (instead of three currently), on 30 and 31 December. Setting off fireworks should be limited to a few hours on the evening of 31 December, rather than from 10 am on the day.

The authorities should also crack down on possession of illegal fireworks again, Teeven says. Van Bochove says these kinds of restrictions will have "marginal" effect.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

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