Dutch risk 95 euro fine for use of smartphone while cycling
The Dutch council of ministers is talking about a proposition of Minister of Transport and Public Works, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, on Friday. She wants to ban the use of the smartphone while driving or cycling.
The measure was already announced in 2017 and is meant to reduce the number of traffic accidents. Getting caught for cycling while using the smartphone “or any other electronic device used to communicate or gather information” will cost 95 euro, the same ‘punishment’ as for ignoring a red traffic light.
The new measure not only applies to cyclists, tram drivers and drivers of a vehicle to transport disabled persons risk to be fined as well. They will even pay more, 240 euro, because the consequences of a car accident often are more severe.
50% driving and swiping
According to an inquiry from Van Nieuwenhoven’s predecessor, Schultz, 75% of Dutch seemed to be in favour of the measure. Still, half of Dutch cyclists keep on using their mobile phone while riding their bike, according to a survey of RTL Nieuws.