Dutch police co-operation minimises impact of Gumball 3000

Published Wed, 27/05/2015 - 10:45

Co-ordinated action across the Netherlands meant there were no significant traffic offences committed by participants and followers of this year’s Gumball 3000 rally. The Central Infrastructure division of the National Dutch Police organised joint enforcement activity with colleagues fom Amsterdam, East Netherland and the Cross Border Policing team. The operation was supported and coordinated by the Operations Unit in Driebergen.

As a result, 12 driving licences were revoked. However, by paying fines directly, most of the drivers were able to get their licences back straight away. In total, Dutch police collected just over €30,000 in fines from those involved with the rally.

The Gumball 3000 rally is seen as a magnet event for wealthy celebrities since it was launched 16 years ago by Maximilian Cooper. Participants have been stopped for speeding on numerous occasions; many have their driving licences taken by police and even had their cars confiscated. In 2007, two pensioners died in a crash in Macedonia after their vehicle was hit by a Gumball rally car.

TISPOL’s Dutch Council member, Egbert-Jan Van Hasselt, called for all drivers to demonstrate responsibility. “The rules of the road apply to everyone, and it is a selfish mistake for any driver, in any vehicle, to assume that he or she can set the law aside because of any private race rules. A priority for the police is to ensure safer roads, and we will deal robustly with drivers whose actions put them and others at risk,” he said.