Fewer traffic offences in first four months of 2015
In the first four months of 2015, fewer traffic offences have been observed compared to the same period in 2014. Overall, 2,528,928 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 2014, the number of traffic fines was 2,798,509.
This is shown by the list of traffic fines over the first four months of 2015*. The majority of the traffic fines is imposed for exceeding the maximum speed limit: in total 2,020,559 in first four months of 2015, compared to 2,300,913 in the same period in 2014. The number of speeding offences recorded by monitoring units has increased slightly. In the first four months of 2015, 523,553 of these were imposed after a transgression of the maximum speed limit had been observed via an average speed check system, compared to 501,894 in the same period last year.
In the first four months of 2015, two new average speed check systems have been put into operation after replacement work: as of 16 March, on the A58 between Bergen op Zoom and Roosendaal, and as of 15 April, on the A12 at The Hague. On 6 May, in Zeeland, the average speed check system on the N62 in the Westerscheldetunnel was put back into operation however the system at the Zeelandbrug will not be returning. It has been decided that a new average speed check system will accompany the completion of the new tunnel on the A2 at Maastricht.
In the first four months of 2015, 2,397,791 traffic offences were recorded via number plate registration number and 131,137 from standing positions. Both show a reduction compared to the first four months of 2014. This is due to the old, analogue speed cameras being digitalised or removed, the replacement of mobile radar equipment by the police and possibly also actions that the police unions have taken with respect to negotiations on working conditions.
*The overview of traffic fines is compiled by the Ministry of Security and Justice, the National Police Board, the Central Fine Collection Agency (CJIB), and the Public Prosecution Service. As of 2013, information on developments in traffic domain is provided once in four months, that is per third of the year.