The police‘s commitment on New Year’s Eve to enforce the ban on fireworks can vary from municipality to municipality. That‘s because the police and municipalities have to prioritize, says the police. What these priorities are will be determined at local level.
“ New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest evenings of the year for us,” says Ruud Verkuijlen, New Year‘s Coordinator at the National Police. “This means that we can not only focus on fireworks, but also on public law issues. Think of car fires and abuses with illegal fireworks. So we really have to divide our attention that evening and that also has to do with the corona measures.”
Tirbled New Year
Some mayors think the police don’t have enough people to take action against fireworks bans. It‘s not so afraid of rudding. “The fact that a quantity of fireworks worth €70 million is not being sold this year does make the work easier,” he says.
In normal times, legal fireworks also cause problems where the fire brigade and ambulances have to go. Now that fireworks are not being sold, there will be fewer incidents, he expects. The police will then have more time to deal with public order problems or party celebrations who are illegal fireworks.
The police believe that the New Year can become restless despite the fireworks ban. “We take into account that there is a certain sense of displeasure in society and that it will be an intensive turn of the year for us.”
Directly on the voucher
When cops run into people on New Year’s Eve who still ignite fireworks, they go right on the receipt. They will receive a fine of at least 100 euros and also a record on the criminal record.
“ We are not going to warn on that night,” says Verkuijlen. “When you‘re parting off fireworks and we see that, we’ll go to fines. Then it‘s not like: would you not want to do that? Where it happens, it’s hard for those who still fire off fireworks.”