Two years ago Amsterdam adopted a proposal which made sexual harassment on the street a punishable offense, but since then the municipality has done little to address the problem.
Caught speeding in the Netherlands lately? There's a good chance that you won't be getting a fine. Police officers participating in labor actions for a better collective bargaining agreement are deleting speed camera photos as part of the actions, RTL Editie reports.
Officers from Oost-Brabant say they already deleted some 5,600 photos from speed cameras. According to Maarten Brink of the police unions' national action center, the officers in the other nine police units deleted similar numbers. So a total of around 50 thousand speeders will not be getting fines.
The police broke multiple car windows at the RAI in Amsterdam, where the World Dog Show 2018 is taking place, to rescue overheating dogs. Multiple dog owners were fined 750 euros for leaving their pets in the hot car, ANP reports.
While the heatwave is over in the Netherlands, temperatures in a parked car can still quickly rise to 40 degrees, the police said. This can cause to overheat and even die. Police officers will perform extra checks at the RAI over the weekend to make sure no dogs are left in cars.
A motorist tried to hit a enforcement officer in Den Bosch with his car shortly after he was fined for illegal parking. The municipality's enforcement officer managed to get out of the way in time and was not hurt, ANP reports.
The officer "miraculously" managed to jump out of the way just in time as the car came at him at high speed, the police said.
An illegal hotel was closed down for three months in Amsterdam's West-Indischebuurt earlier this week. The hotel was discovered during extra checks the city is doing this week and next, Het Parool reports.
The illegal hotel was closed due to fire hazards, according to the newspaper. The apartment offered six rooms to rent under names like the Harry Potter Room and the Van Gogh room. Eleven people were staying in the apartment. The illegal hotel was boarded up and the owner and tenant of the apartment were each fined 20,500 euros.
Amsterdam is implementing cleaning breaks in the Red Light District during busy nights. Parts of the street will be temporarily be closed to the public, so that the mess left by visitors can be cleaned up. This is one of the measures new mayor Femke Halsema is taking to quickly solve problems in the overcrowded Amsterdam city center, following damning reports by the city's ombudsman, Het Parool reports.
The police fined around 25 people for photographing or filming the aftermath of a fatal accident on the A58 highway near Bavel on Saturday. The fines were issued based on license plate numbers. Drivers who had their phones in their hands near the accident can expect a fine, De Gelderlander reports.
Perpetrators of "minor offenses" do not have to be worried about fines on Monday. Police officers across the country will be protesting for a better collective bargaining agreement from today, doing so by only handing out warnings instead of fines, RTL Nieuws reports.
Anyone who hangs a hammock in an Amsterdam park could face a fine of 230 euros, Amsterdam resident Lars Duursma found out over the weekend, he told AT5.
Duursma and his girlfriend hung their hammock in Sarphatipark on Saturday. According to him, they were not drunk and did not cause any trouble. Two enforcement officers appeared and told them to remove the hammock, or face a fine of 230 euros.
The enforcement officers told them that it has been a rule for years that you are not allowed to attach anything to a tree or lamppost anywhere in the city.
Three police officers were attacked by a group of at least 20 people in Geldrop on Tuesday afternoon. They felt so threatened that the pulled their firearms to keep the mob at a distance. Four people were arrested, Omroep Brabant reports.
The three cops were writing a ticket on Bogardeind around 3:00 p.m. on Thursday. The man who was getting the fine got into an argument with the police. When they tried to arrest him, the man's friends stormed out of nearby hotel restaurant De Brabantse Boerin, where they were gathered.
The Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA imposed fines on Japan Tobacco International (JTI) for making exclusivity agreements with Dutch student associations, a spokesperson for the NVWA confirmed to news wire ANP.
The government is threatening to fine health insurers that don't do their utmost to shorten waiting lists for mental healthcare, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health said to the Volkskrant.
This is one of the measures Blokhuis has planned to tackle waiting lists in mental health care. Others include asking patients to be more assertive, and making it possible to place care providers under stricter supervision.
A 44-year-old man from Sprang-Capelle in Noord-Brabant was fined 250 euros for trying to sell his ballots for the municipal elections and referendum on online market place Martplaats, Omroep Brabant reports.
The man posted the ad online last Tuesday. He wanted to sell his ballots for the municipal election and the referendum on the intelligence agencies' new law, both of which are happening on Wednesday, in an open bid. "I never vote myself, in this way I can make another person happy", he said on the ad, according to the broadcaster.
The Public Prosecution Service wants a harsher approach to aggressive passengers on planes. This can include giving them a fine or a summons to appear in court immediately after the transgression, Prosecutor Frances Schlingemann said to newspaper AD.
The French authorities are implementing stricter measures on drug use in skiing areas, focusing especially on Dutch and Spanish tourists. Most of the narcotics seized on the French ski slopes come from Netherlands and Spain, according to France's customs, NOS reports.
In the ski year 2015-2016, nearly 500 kilograms of weed, cocaine, and ecstasy, among others, were confiscated in the French Alps. Skiing is increasingly becoming a party holiday for many young people, according to the broadcaster. French media already refers to people using cocaine on the slopes as 'snow sniffers'.
Last year over a million fines were issued to drivers speeding on the A2 and A12 highways between Amsterdam and Utrecht, according to an overview from the Ministry of Justice and Security, NOS reports.
Motorists were 'flashed' on the A2 between Amsterdam and Utrecht 650 thousand times, and on the A12 near Utrecht over 413 thousand times. Third place for most speeding tickets went to the A4 at Leidschendam, where speeding cameras caught motorists driving too fast 250 thousand times.
Someone snapped a photo of Sinterklaas peeing against a building in Amsterdam. The photo was sent to community police officer Frank Westerop, who posted it on Twitter on Tuesday.
"Is this what is meant by 'and sprinkle some sweets... in one corner or another'?" the officer jokingly tweeted. He also wondered about whether or not to fine the Sint. "Because I also want something in my shoe later on!"
Over 36 thousand euros was raised in under two days in an action launched to cover any possible fines imposed on people who blocked the A7 highway to stop three buses carrying Kick Out Zwarte Piet protesters from reaching Dokkum on Saturday.
The arrest of a gang of graffiti taggers at a subway station in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, was aired on television program De Meldkamer on Sunday night. A total of five vandals were arrested. One had to go to hospital, because he received a 750 volt electric shock while fleeing over the subway tracks before the police turned off the power, AT5 reports.
Film distributor Dutch Filmworks (DFW) plans to soon start fining Dutch pirates, owner Willem Pruijssers said to RTL Z. Starting in October, the distributor plans to track Dutch illegally downloading or streaming its products. Those caught doing so will be sent a "settlement letter" with a fine amount, which they can either pay or fight in court, according to the broadcaster.
Dutch campers club NKC launched a special hotline for customers after receiving reports that several people were threatened by camper companies after placing a bad review online. Some customers report being intimidated, threatened with lawsuits or even fines of up to 5 thousand euros, the Volkskrant reports.
The Amsterdam police noted down the details of some 200 motorcyclists during a joint trip through the city on Sunday. These bikers will soon receive fines for various traffic violations, the police said.
Between 900 and 1,000 motorcyclists gathered on Sloterweg at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday for a joint run organized on social media. The Amsterdam police deployed all available motorcycle officers and a number of other units in police cars and undercover cars to keep an eye on the event.
A 55-year-old man from Tilburg lost his driver's license on Wednesday night after he was caught driving nearly 100 kilometers per hour over the speed limit through his home town.
The police caught the man driving 176 km/h on Burgemeester Letschertweg, where the speed limit is 80 kilometers per hour.
The traffic cop, who caught the man with a laser gun speed trap, confiscated the Tilburg man's driver's license immediately. He was also fined. The amount of the fine, and the period of time the man's driver's license will be suspended, will be determined by the Prosecutor.
Well-known anti-Zwarte Piet activist Jerry Afriyie was fined 500 euros by the court in The Hague for resisting arrest during the Sinterklaas arrival in Gouda in 2014. Afriyie plans to go in cassation against the verdict, he confirmed to NU.nl.