ANPTelephone use while cycling
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 12:00
Last year, more than 53,000 fines were handed out for using a telephone while cycling. That is an increase of more than 16 percent compared to the previous year. The Ministry of Justice and Security speaks of a striking increase. Anyone caught on a bicycle with a phone in hand risks a fine of 140 euros.
Significantly more fines were also imposed in the wrong parking/stopping category, 60,000 more than the year before. This may be explained by the end of the corona crisis: more parking was done in city centers because shops were open again.
In total, more than 8.1 million traffic violations were detected in 2022, slightly more (1.6 percent) than in 2021. By far the most fines were still issued for speeding (more than 6.5 million), although there were less than in 2021.
A decrease was particularly noticeable in section checks, but according to the ministry this may be due to roadworks, as a result of which a number of control systems were switched off. Due to the increasing traffic on the highways, motorists probably also drove more slowly.
The average fine amount for a traffic violation went from 81.15 euros to 84.16 euros. A small decrease in the fine amount can be seen for speeding offences, which probably means that ‘speed drivers’ pressed the accelerator slightly less hard.
The number of fines for foreign traffic offenders also rose sharply again, to more than 874,000. That increase is also probably the result of the end of the corona period, as a result of which more people have visited our country.
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