On Friday, the Cabinet decided to impose a ban on fireworks. A fork in the side for many of the shops that make their living in the winter months. Bicycle shop Van Oosterhout from Teteringen, for example. “Are they going to put up a fence around every frozen hole in the winter you can’t ski there?”
Owner Rob van Oosterhout will not take to the streets to protest the Cabinet decision. “The Trade Federation has already done enough. The ban will come anyway. All we have to fight for right now is to get compensation.”
According to Rob, this compensation is definitely necessary. He has already incurred heavy costs with his company. We have already spent 50,000 euros on campaigns, such as flyers. We won’t be able to use it next year.”
He can still use the fireworks the merchant already bought this year and last year. Fortunately, because together this is worth over a ton. “We just lost a lot of money, because now we have to store more money and get insurance.” Rob also lost around €50,000 in this regard, costs he would not have incurred otherwise.
“Are they going to put up a fence around every frozen hole in the winter so you can’t ski?”
How does Rob see the care argument to be tempered? “They always look at the numbers for 2019. A lot has changed since that year. Many dangerous fireworks are now banned and many fireworks are safer. So you never know how high the pressure actually is.”
Still wondering about something. “Are they going to put up a fence around every frozen hole in the winter that you’re not allowed to ski there?” Rob points to the 40,000 people who reported to the hospital in one weekend last year because of a snowfall.
“I will text a few students that they cannot work with us this year.”
In addition, Robb believes that they should better coordinate policy at the European level. “If you go and take a look in Baerle-Nassau now, the fireworks shops there will be full of people. Also from Holland.”
So no buying or selling fireworks this year and for some that means no holiday job. “I will text a few students that they cannot work with us this year.”
On the Omroep Brabant website, the question has been posted since Friday noon: “Another national ban on fireworks during New Year’s Eve. just? By 3:00 p.m., nearly 2,800 people had answered that question. Of those, 78 percent indicated that they believed the ban was justified, because the burden of care should be reduced. Just under 22 percent said the ban was unjustified.
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