Set fire to car check during police (Antwerp)
The police, the Flemish tax authorities and the RVA conducted a major check in Antwerp on Wednesday. Almost 17,000 euros in back taxes were collected, five cars were seized. Remarkable: a man trying to set his car on fire on the tow truck.
Using slim cameras were selected that were not in order with their traffic load. A car that was not registered and possibly also not insured gave such a report. The Dutch number plate turned out not to belong to the car.
In the Oudesteenweg in Antwerp-North, police motards could find the car. The 37-year-old owner informed the police that everything was fine with his car. But he couldn’t prove it. “The car was towed,” said the Antwerp police zone in a press release. “The moment the tow truck wanted to leave, the owner would get something out of his car. He took a piece of paper, put it in the mark and put it in the filler neck of the fuel tank.” The police managed to prevent the car from catching fire, but the owner fled in the tumult.
A little later, motorcyclists from the traffic police saw a car with reproduction plates on both the front and the back. The car was escorted to the checkpoint. The vehicle was not legally registered and not insured. The driver turned out to be the same man who tried to put his own car in the brand earlier in the day. “He was immediately handcuffed,” said the police. “By the way, the suspect was not free under the criminal offenses he was allowed to commit.” This vehicle is also towed.
During the half-time of the control campaign, almost 17,000 euros in overdue road tax could be collected. Two owners could not pay their debt, their vehicles were confiscated by the Flemish tax authorities. “One of the drivers had never paid road tax and was therefore responsible for approximately 14,000 euros each,” the police said.
The police also identify several traffic violations. A fifth car was towed on the orders of the public prosecutor because the driver obtained his driver’s license abroad while staying in Belgium.