Kilometre log police cars abolished

Police officers no longer have to complete a separate kilometre log for each journey in an unmarked police vehicle. Minister Opstelten of Security and Justice and State Secretary Weekers of Finance have today concluded a covenant that will put an end to the time-consuming kilometre log. This will give police officers more time for actual police work: combating crime and nuisance on the streets.

Abolishing the kilometre logs is one of the measures from the Bureaucracy Plan of Attack sent to the Lower House in February by Minister Opstelten. The Plan of Attack contains measures to deal with regulatory pressure at the police. The administrative burden at the police must be reduced by 25 percent during the present government's term in office.

Tax regulations provide that if a company car is also used for private purposes, 25% of the list value has to be added to the taxable income. Addition does not take place at the moment a car is only used for business purposes or for no more than 500 kilometres. So far this was demonstrated by means of a kilometre log. This form of keeping records costs police officers a great deal of time, while the private use of official vehicles by police officers, with some exceptions, is not allowed at all. The covenant contains an alternative that contains an enforcement regime that entails less of an administrative burden and that provides sufficient acceptable evidence to demonstrate to the Tax and Customs Administration that official vehicles are not used for private purposes.

The basic principle for the covenant, which enters into effect today, are the agreements that have been made between the Friesland police force and the Tax and Customs Administration/North.