Foreign speeders often unpunished

Ard van der Steur (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/ (Ard van der Steur (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/

Many foreign drivers who are caught speeding on a speed limit camera simply go unpunished. The system can currently only process licence plates from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland.

This was Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur's response to written questions from the CDA, NOS reports.

The system has been able to process French licence plates since mid-December last year. In the past four months 19 thousand traffic fines have been sent to France. More than 2,500 of these fines have been paid so far. Most of these fines were for speeding.

Polish licence plates will be the next to be added to the system, but according to Van der Steur, this is still in the preparatory phase.

The CDA finds it inexplicable that so many foreign speeders manage to get away with it. "It is good that the French can no longer use the Netherlands as a racetrack and go unpunished, but it is unthinkable that it is our own fault that this does not apply to all nationalities."