Less bureaucracy as a result of a new approach to souped-up mopeds

In future, the police will spend fewer hours on dealing with souped-up mopeds. The moped will no longer be kept at the police station for investigation. Instead, the police will confiscate the vehicle registration certificate and in addition to receiving a ticket the owner will have two weeks to bring the moped back to its original state. This new approach leads to a significant reduction of the administrative burden, because the moped itself is no longer confiscated. This will give police officers more time for actual police work: combating crime and nuisance on the streets.

The new approach is an initiative of the Urk police force. During a working visit to Urk, Minister Opstelten of Security and Justice will announce today that he will include the working method in the action programme entitled 'Less rules, more on the streets'. Minister Opstelten, together with the police and the Public Prosecution Service, takes up the battle against the increasing excessive regulations at the police. The administrative burden of the police should be reduced by 25 percent in the period of 2011 to 2014. Fewer rules and more personal responsibility lead to more enjoyment of work for police officers and a safer society.

National introduction of the approach to souped-up mopeds will result in an annual productivity increase of 75 fte. The new working method has been tested by the Public Prosecution Service and the RDW Centre for Vehicle Technology and Information. In order to get the vehicle registration certificate back, owners of souped-up mopeds also have to hand in the material used to increase the maximum speed of the moped. If a souped-up moped has not been brought back to its original state within fourteen days, the vehicle registration certificate is sent to the RDW Centre for Vehicle Technology and Information and suspended.