Foreign diplomats get fewer Dutch traffic fines

Hand opening limousine doorForeign diplomats in the Netherlands are picking up fewer traffic fines and are more likely to pay them when they do, but Russia remains the worst offender, the Telegraaf says on Thursday.

In total, 2,871 traffic fines were handed out to cars with diplomatic number plates last year, down from over 4,000 in 2013, the Telegraaf says.

The total value of 2014’s fines was €198,023, down almost €100,000 on the previous year, the paper says. The Telegraaf bases its claims on government figures obtained using freedom of information legislation.

In addition, diplomats are more likely to pay the fines than they used to be, the paper says. This follows a tougher approach from the Dutch government, which has decided that diplomatic corps members who don’t pay up will lose their tax free fuel passes.

Despite the downward trend, Russian diplomats are least likely to pay their fines, followed by officials from Georgia and Azerbaijan.

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