Some 9.2 million minor traffic offences recorded in 2018

In 2018, there were 9,182,573 minor traffic offences reported, which include speeding, running red lights, incorrect parking and the handheld use of mobile phones. This is almost the same number as the previous year. In 2017, 9,223,477 fines were issued for traffic offences on Dutch roads under the Traffic Regulations (Administrative Enforcement) Act (Wahv: Wet administratiefrechtelijke handhaving verkeersvoorschriften). These figures were published in the 2018 summary of traffic fines.*

The number of traffic stops increased slightly last year, despite the police unions taking action related to labour agreement negotiations during the summer. The number of traffic stops amounted to 403,635 in 2018, compared with 384,982 in 2017. Due to the action taken, a drop in traffic stops is discernible in the months of July, August, September and October. In all other months in 2018, the police conducted more traffic stops than the previous year.

The majority of the traffic fines were for speeding. In 2018, a total of 7,757,803 fines were imposed for speeding, as opposed to 7,814,043 in 2017. Of the speeding infringements last year, 2,083,068 were detected with a sector control system. This is a slight decrease compared to the 2,135,062 detected a year earlier.

The number of minor traffic offences detected by speed cameras rose slightly last year. In 2018 this involved 4,253,219 minor traffic offences, of which 4,013,705 for speeding and 239,514 for running red lights. A year earlier this involved 4,134,705 minor traffic offences, of which 3,893,848 for speeding and 240,857 for running red lights.

Otherwise, mobile radar equipment was responsible for detecting 1,599,576 speeding offences. As from 2018, minor traffic offences detected by mobile radar equipment can be specified in the periodic traffic summaries. As a result, it is not possible to compare these with previous years.

Foreign-based traffic offenders In 2018, a total of 1,063,014 traffic fines were sent to a foreign address. This is a slight increase on the 1,024,512 issued in the same period in 2017. This is primarily due to the fact that more countries have joined the automated vehicle registration data exchange system, which is based on the European Union Directive entitled Cross Border Enforcement (CBE). In November 2017, a further ten countries joined: Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Sweden. On 1 December 2018, the United Kingdom and Ireland also joined.

The collection percentage is calculated by the Central Fine Collection Agency (CJIB) a year after the fines have been sent to addresses abroad. This way, any corrections or decisions on appeals are also accounted for. The collection percentages for 2017 are now known. On average, the collection percentage for fines sent to addresses abroad lies between 70% and 80%. The collection percentage was lowest for individuals with number plates registered in France and Romania, at 50%. At 95%, it was highest for individuals with number plates registered in Finland and Sweden. The latter percentage is the same as for the general collection percentage for Wahv traffic fines (total of the Netherlands and foreign countries combined), which was also about 95% after a year.

 *The four-monthly summary of traffic fines pursuant to the Wahv, also known as the Mulder Act, is compiled by the Ministry of Justice & Security, the National Police, the Central Fine Collection Agency (CJIB) and the Public Prosecution Service (OM).