Sharp increase in small speeding fines

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The number of fines for minor speeding violations - driving between 1 and 5 kilometers above the speed limit - increased significantly in 2016. Last year 3.1 million fines were issued for minor speeding violations, compared to 2.4 million in 2014, AD reports based on figures received through the Freedom of Information Act. That is an increase of 31 percent.

These small fines were particularly common on roads with a 130 kilometer per hour speed limit, according to the newspaper. On these roads 69 thousand motorists were fined for driving 1 km/h over the speed limit, compared to 12 thousand in 2014. The fine for that infraction is 20 euros, including 9 euros admin costs. 

According to Geert Priem, president of police union ANPV, the Public Prosecutor is going too far with this large scale fining of minor speeding violations. "This frustrates people. It is a disguised form of taxation. It also damages the authority and credibility of the police. It is much more important to tackle dangerous behavior such as tailgating and overtaking." he said to AD.

All the speed cameras in the Netherlands were upgraded and digitized last year, which means they now monitor the road 24/7, according to the newspaper. Small speeding fines brought in 113 million euros to the government last year, compared to around 80 million euros in 2014. On roads with a 130 km/h speed limits, motorists can be fined for driving 1 km/h over the speed limit. On most other roads you are only fined once you drive 4 km/h or more over the speed limit. 

The busiest speed camera is on Oostereind in Hilversum. That camera issued an average of nearly 12 fines per hour, amounting to about 710 euros per hour. The camera issued a total of 102,966 fines last year, amounting to 6,237,365 euros. 

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