All traffic fines set to rise in 2020

Dutch police officer doing a traffic check (Stock Photo: Politie)Dutch police officer doing a traffic check (Stock Photo: Politie)

Violating traffic laws and rules will be more expensive next year - almost all traffic- and speeding fines are increasing. The government is implementing an "inflation correction" increase of 2.7 percent, reports based on the government document Measures for Traffic Safety.

The 2.7 percent increase is based on the change in the consumer price index between June 1st last year and June 1st this year, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in the document.

In practice, it means an increase of between 1 and 10 euros for speeding fines, depending on how much you were over the speed limit in which area. The most expensive speeding fine you can get next year is 431 euros, for driving 39 km/h or more over the speed limit on the highway. In second place is 423 euros for driving 29 km/h or more over the speed limit in a 30km/h zone within built-up areas. 

Most of the fines for traffic violations that fall under the Administrative Enforcement of Traffic Regulations Act are also rising next year. Fines that cost 380 euros this year, will cost 390 euros next year. Using a cellphone or other electronic device behind the wheel will cost you 240 euros next year. As will skipping a red light. Not wearing a seatbelt will carry a fine of 140 euros. 

The most expensive fine you can get for a general traffic violation is 400 euros, for driving a motor vehicle or trailer over the permitted maximum mass of 3,500 kilograms without an inspection certificate. You can also be fined 390 euros for multiple violations, including causing unnecessary noise with your vehicle, passing a tram or bus on the side where passengers get off, and unnecessarily parking on a parking spot reserved for people with disabilities. The lowest fine you can get is 45 euros for driving without your license plate being clearly visible.

The administrative cost, which comes on top of the fine, is expected to remain 9 euros. That consists of 5.52 euros for personnel costs, 2.53 euros for equipment costs, 0.59 euros for court costs, and 0.36 euros for interest and depreciation.