Traffic fines to increase next year in the Netherlands
Every year that passes brings the inevitable increase in traffic fines, and 2020 is no different. The Dutch government’s “Road Safety Measures” document details an increase in inflation of 2,7 percent, meaning that fines will increase from between one to 10 euros.
Increased inflation equals harsher penalties
According to the “Road Safety Measures” document, the government is applying an increase in inflation of 2,7 percent for traffic fines in 2020. This is up from 1,7 percent in 2019.
In the document, the Minister for Justice and Security, Ferdinand Grapperhaus, said that the increase is based on a change in the consumer price index (CPI). CPI measures inflation by taking a weighted average of a basket of goods, including transportation, food and healthcare. It is primarily used to measure the cost of living and identify periods of inflation and deflation.
As a result of inflation, traffic fines will go up anywhere between one and 10 euros. Traffic violations that fall under the Administrative Enforcement of Traffic Regulations are also rising by the same amount. The administration cost of 9 euros, which is added on top of the original fine, is not expected to increase.
Violations and fines
For speeding, the highest fine one can be hit with is 431 euros for driving 39km per hour over the limit on the motorway. Outside of motorway driving, the highest fine available is 423 euros for driving 29km per hour over the limit in a 30km per hour zone in a built-up area. Speeding violations of 30km per hour or faster are dealt with by the Public Prosecution Service, which then determines the penalty.
As for general traffic violations, using a mobile phone behind the wheel or running a red light will cost you 240 euros in 2020. Not wearing a seatbelt will cost 140 euros. The most expensive fine will be 400 euros for driving a vehicle or trailer over 3.500kg without an inspection certificate.
Making unnecessary noise, passing a tram or bus on the side where passengers exit and parking in a disabled parking spot can land you a fine of 390 euros. So, if you don’t want to be hit with a fine from the police, be careful!