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Company cars: justice now punishes offenses - Companies

Company cars: justice now punishes offenses – Companies

The judiciary has started to sanction companies that do not provide the identity of drivers of company cars committing offences, writes De Tijd on Friday. This obligation had been largely ignored since its introduction in 1996, often with impunity.

Companies are subject to this obligation in order to enable the courts to follow up on offenses and deal with repeat offenders.

However, two out of three traffic offenses committed with a company car are not identified, according to the SPF Justice. More than 685,000 offenses were committed in 2021. Until recently, hardly any fines were sent.

A situation that is gradually changing. “Thanks to digitization, negligent companies can be spotted more quickly,” says FPS Justice spokesperson Sharon Beavis.

Since January, 10,000 fines have been issued. “Proportionally, it’s not much, but it’s progressing”.

The public prosecutor’s office currently only penalizes companies that repeatedly fail to identify themselves and they are generally only fined once for an offense, even if they fail to reveal the identity several times. drivers.

From 2023, however, every violation will be systematically prosecuted.

Companies are subject to this obligation in order to enable the courts to follow up on offenses and deal with repeat offenders. However, two out of three traffic offenses committed with a company car are not identified, according to the SPF Justice. More than 685,000 offenses were committed in 2021. Until recently, hardly any fines were sent. A situation that is gradually changing. “Thanks to digitization, negligent companies can be spotted more quickly,” says FPS Justice spokesperson Sharon Beavis. Since January, 10,000 fines have been issued. “Proportionally, it’s not much, but it’s progressing”. The public prosecutor’s office currently only penalizes companies that repeatedly fail to identify themselves and they are generally only fined once for an offense, even if they fail to reveal the identity several times. drivers. From 2023, however, every violation will be systematically prosecuted.

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