Many drivers fail to hand in licence after it is withdrawn

Over 36,000 drivers who had their driving licence withdrawn over the past three years failed to hand in the document. Forty percent of these motorists did not receive an extra punishment as a result.

Between 2009 and 2011 421,650 got a driving ban. Four days after they are officially notified they are supposed to hand in their licence voluntarily. Figures from the Justice Ministry show that 36,052 drivers failed to do this.

Of this total 15,553 motorists were not prosecuted for failing to hand in the document and were not required to pay a fine as a result of this offence.

The Belgian Chamber of Representatives recently passed legislation making such a failure a proper offence, but the judicial authorities seem to experience difficulty in tracking down drivers who fail to hand in their licence after it has been withdrawn.

Drivers who fail to hand in the document risk fines of up to 12,000 euros.