Fewer traffic offences in first four months of 2014

In the first four months of 2014, fewer traffic offences have been observed compared to the same period in 2013. Overall, 2,798,509 traffic fines were imposed for speeding, going through a red light, parking illegally, not wearing a safety belt or helmet, hand-held calling and the absence of bicycle lights. In the same period in 2013, the number of traffic fines was 3,757,525.

This is shown by the list of traffic fines over the first four months of 2014*. The decrease of the number of traffic offences observed is caused among others by the fact that in various locations, average speed check systems were switched off due to replacement works. On 17 March, the average speed check system on the A20 near Rotterdam was switched back on again. On 9 May, the same was done for the A10 near Amsterdam and the A13 near Rotterdam. For other average speed check systems that are currently deactivated, it will be decided in 2014 at which locations new systems will be placed back.

The majority of the traffic fines is imposed for exceeding the maximum speed limit: in total 2,300,913 in first four months of 2014. 502,758 of these were imposed after a transgression of the maximum speed limit had been observed via an average speed check system. In the first four months of 2013, 812,731 fines were imposed via the average speed check system.

As was the case in previous years, most traffic offences are also recorded through electronic means of enforcement. The first four months of 2014 did show a decrease of the number of traffic offences recorded through number plate registration compared to the same period in 2013. This is linked among others to the replacement of the average speed check systems, but also to the replacement of speed detection devices.

Speed detection devices

There are now approximately 880 analogue speed detection devices and digital speed detection devices across the country, that have been placed there under the auspices of the Public Prosecution Service. Lately, all locations have been reassessed based on criteria for traffic safety. Most unsafe locations have been selected for placement of new digital Speed detection devices. In the course of 2015, all analogue speed detection devices will have been digitalized or removed, leaving 650 new devices. The new devices are put into service in phases. Due to the replacement process, no enforcement is possible at some locations for some time as a result of which fewer offences have been recorded in the past months. But the new digital detection devices perform better than the analogue ones. No rolls of film need to be replaced anymore and the new devices enforce 24 hours per day.