Minister wants to significantly boost prices for traffic fines despite high inflation | Inland

Minister wants to significantly boost prices for traffic fines despite high inflation | Inland
Minister wants to significantly boost prices for traffic fines despite high inflation | Inland

Minister Dilan Yeşilgöz plans to increase the fines for common traffic fines by about 8.6 percent next year. The fines always rise with inflation and she has no plans to make an exception this year as it has been exceptionally high.

Yeşilgöz has sent a list of proposals for the new fines to the House of Representatives. If these are accepted, this means, for example, that driving a red light will cost 280 euros. Now that is 250 euros, excluding administration costs.

The price for calling behind the wheel will increase from 350 to 380 euros. Anyone who sends an app on a bicycle will soon risk a fine of 150 euros, where that is currently 140 euros. The price increases are not exactly 8.6 percent, as traffic fines are rounded off.

Not unjust

The Ministry of Justice and Security says it does not consider it unjust to jack up prices when life is already so expensive. “As long as you follow the rules, you don’t have to incur the costs,” says a spokeswoman. Leaving the fines as they were, in the current high inflation, would also mean that they are compared to the normal cost of living. become ‘in fact cheaper’.

However, it has been decided not to let some fines exceed 450 euros. After that, they fall under criminal law, instead of the Administrative Law Enforcement Traffic Regulations Act – also known as the Mulder Act.

The minister now sends the proposal to the House of Representatives in a so-called preliminary procedure. The Council of State still has to look at it and the House itself can also put a stop to it.

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The article is in Dutch

Tags: Minister significantly boost prices traffic fines high inflation Inland

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