Resolute concerted approach to combating outlaw motorcycle gangs

The 2018 Progress Report on Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs shows that a resolute concerted effort is being made to tackle outlaw motorcycle gangs. Thanks to intensive cooperation between local government, the police, the Tax and Customs Administration, the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD), the Public Prosecution Service and the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary, outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) are less frequently seen in public spaces. At the same time, however, new gangs are emerging that are less inclined to stay under the radar. The collaborating partners are keeping a close eye on developments.

These are the findings of the 2018 Progress Report on Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs submitted to the House of Representatives by Minister of Justice and Security Grapperhaus today. The Progress Report describes the effects of the concerted approach by the government and the results of the approach to combating OMGs under criminal, administrative and tax law.

In 2018, a few OMGs were banned under civil law and the dominant presence of these prohibited gangs in public spaces was found to have diminished considerably. At the same time, however, the report reveals that the problems with OMGs have not yet been completely resolved. OMGs are becoming increasingly fragmented, their membership still reflects a slight increase and it still is difficult to shed light on the money flows relating to these gangs and their members. The intensive concerted approach by the collaborating government partners aimed at combating OMGs will therefore continue unabated.

Furthermore, the collaborating partners are calling for the swift introduction of administrative bans on subversive organisations, such as OMGs. The fact that a number of OMGs are now prohibited under civil law does not render an administrative ban less important. It is essential to enforce a ban under criminal law immediately upon its entry into force and to preclude any form of continuation.

An administrative ban on OMGs forms part of the coalition agreement. A private member's bill by A. Kuiken (PvdA) calling for a ban is currently before the House of Representatives. Minister for Legal Protection Dekker, who is responsible for legislation providing for organisation bans under civil and administrative law, has shown a keen interest in the private member's bill.

For more information, please read the 2018 Progress Report on Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs provided below in the attachment and the press release issued by the collaborating partners.