Fines for traffic offences go up 9%, using phone while driving will cost €380

The fine for using a mobile phone while driving is going up to €420. Photo:
The fine for using a mobile phone while driving is going up to €380. Photo:

Traffic and parking fines have gone up by as much as 9% this year, with the penalty for using mobile phones at the wheel rising to €380.

Fines for speeding in built-up areas have increased the most, starting at €32 for going 4 km/h over the limit to €383 for going 30 km/h too fast. Higher fines apply in 30 km/h zones or when driving through roadworks.

On motorways the penalties range from €24 to €335 for going 30 km/h over the limit. Higher speeds trigger a summons from the prosecution office, which can lead to a community penalty, a higher fine or the driver’s licence being cancelled.

The new rates have been applied since March 1.

The fine for jumping red lights is up from €250 to €280, the same level as for failing to yield to cars from the right at a junction or overtaking on the inside.

Failing to wear a seatbelt will cost €160 rather than €150, which is also the penalty for cyclists who use their mobile phone while pedalling.

Using mobile phones while waiting at a red light or in stationary traffic is not an offence, as long as drivers put them down before they start moving.

Lingering in the left-hand lane on a motorway or main road can lead to a €240 fine, while most parking offences will now cost €110 rather than €100. Administration costs of €9 are applied to all automatic penalties.

Last year more than 8.1 million traffic fines were issued, according to figures from the justice ministry, an increase of 1.6% from 2021. They included 6.5 million fines for speeding, slightly fewer than the previous year.

The average fine was €84.16, meaning the Dutch treasury netted around €680 million from traffic offences. Penalties are relatively high compared to neighbouring countries: in Germany the penalty for going 30 km/h too fast in built-up areas is €180, while Belgians are fined €174 for using their mobile phones while driving.

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