Since the introduction of the ‘app ban’ on cyclists last summer, the police have fined around 150 cyclists every day for holding their phone while riding. Police issued more than nine thousand fines throughout the country. Are you curious about the situation in your municipality?
On July 1, the ban came into effect. 21 cyclists had the misfortune of receiving a fine in east Brabant. Since then quite a few more have been added to this list of offenders. Figures for the west of the province were not known at that time.
Breda has by far the most fines imposed for ‘app’ing’ while on the bike (or using a mobile phone while cycling) with 260 in two months. That amounts to more than 14 fines per thousand inhabitants. This is followed by Bergen op Zoom with 83 fines, which equals to 12.4 fines per thousand inhabitants.
It seems that there is a little more control in the west of the province (whether people are less concerned about the ban). In Eindhoven, for example, ‘only’ 221 fines were issued and in Den Bosch, 159. That amounts to 9.5 and 10 fines per thousand inhabitants respectively. In Oss, the number is 64 fines, which is seven per thousand inhabitants.
Something to be proud of?
In some municipalities getting a fine was quite remarkable. Only one fine each was awarded in Grave, Reusel-de Mierden, Veldhoven and Cranendonck.
Source: Omroep Brabant
Translator: Nicole Cullinan