The municipality of Rotterdam is completely done with the nuisance caused by German rental cars.
In Rotterdam it is quite difficult to be a petrolhead. Not everyone there is charmed by the cars with roaring pipes, mufflers and chutes. Where some people look for nice mountain roads or want to blast over the Autobahn, there are also people who really like to drive up and down along terraces with a too loud exhaust. This behavior is almost certain to be exhibited by men who have consumed too little milk from the breast. Think of the downpipe as a cry for more breast milk. Despite this deeper-lying problem, Rotterdam does want to put a stop to it.
Alderman Vincent Karremans is completely done with it. Especially with the cars with foreign license plates, in which a person drives with (among other things) a Dutch passport. Karremans is a member of the VVD, so he will tackle the problem ‘hard’. Especially driving around in rented cars is a thing.
German rental cars
These cars are rented in Germany and then sublet at extortionate prices. According to the Algemeen Dagblad, for example, you can rent a Mercedes-AMG GT63 for 850 euros per day. To counter this, ‘Project Mietwagen’ is intended. Not so much because the drivers are wimps, but because ‘Mietwagen’ is rental car in German.
The big problem for a long time was that German car rental companies thought it was all fine and did not report joyriding. As a result, the police had to release the Rotterdam street terrorists back into society.
The reason that the rental companies are not difficult is because it may be money laundering. In many cases, the police find drugs or drug-related items. Buying a big car yourself is difficult, but through a shadowy construction you can rent the car to yourself and earn pocket money, er, money laundering.
Project rental car
What the municipalities (there are several municipalities involved in Project Mietwagen) want to do is confiscate the cars. The Dutch are not allowed to drive a car with a foreign license plate. The new rule allows the police to seize the car if the driver in question cannot prove that he is the legal driver.
That means he must be the owner of the car or be the one renting the car. If the arrested person cannot do so, the police will confiscate the German rental car. In Brabant they have been working on this for a while and with great success. Discussions are currently underway with the Municipal Executive and the Public Prosecution Service of Rotterdam.
Another measure to prevent people from unjustly renting a brat is to draw up a black list of people who have been arrested for driving German rental cars.
This makes it very difficult for the troublemakers. For example, it is mandatory for car rental companies near Rotterdam to apply for a permit. That had an effect, because 12 companies immediately deregistered from the Chamber of Commerce. We are not going to say that these were shady companies, but there were only ‘clean’ companies that applied for a permit. Since then, people have had to get cars from Germany.
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