One-way driving markets the polity that is Dutch

by on December 18, 2015 at 10:23 pm in Law, Uncategorized | Permalink

The government in the Netherlands has clarified that it is legal for driving instructors to offer lessons in return for sex, as long as the students are over the age of 18.

However, it is illegal to offer sex in return for lessons.

Transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Justice minister Ard van der Steur addressed the issue in response to a question tabled in parliament by Gert-Jan Segers of the socially conservative Christian Union party, noting that, although ‘undesirable’, offering driving lessons with sex as payment is not illegal.

There is more here, and for the pointer I thank Michael C.

1 Londenio December 19, 2015 at 12:17 am

Does this change the way we should compute GDP?

2 Aaron J December 19, 2015 at 3:29 am

You are missing his point. He’s not asking whether this is counted under the current rules, but whether this form of payment obviates the need for recalculating GDP.

Obviously this is not going to massive distortions to GDP, especially in comparison to say home cooking and cleaning.

3 Aaron J December 19, 2015 at 3:36 am

*necessitates not obviates.

4 Chip December 19, 2015 at 1:26 am

Is payment after, during or upfront – as in before, not front seat.

5 Mark Thorson December 19, 2015 at 1:39 am

You don’t learn how to drive in one lesson, so presumably it’s “pay as you go”.

Alas, the things that will pass away with the advent of driverless cars.

6 So Much For Subtlety December 19, 2015 at 5:24 am

Rumor has it blow jobs from Big Blue aren’t quite the same thing yet, but they are getting there.

So don’t be too depressed.

7 prior_test December 19, 2015 at 3:05 am

One really wonders how the BTW (Belasting Toegevoegde Waarde, VAT) is collected, though.

8 Moreno Klaus December 19, 2015 at 6:40 am

I dont have a driving license hmmmmm

9 Hugo December 19, 2015 at 6:46 am

Does this mean that sex is acceptable as a tradable currency but not as a service?

10 Slocum December 19, 2015 at 8:34 am

The funniest thing is that this practice is frequent enough to have a commonly understood name (‘ride for ride’). That being the case, it seems like it opens up all other sorts of other opportunities for enterprising Dutch service providers. Plumbing seems a natural extension — it’s done in the home already and is about as expensive as prostitution, so it seems there would be fewer problems working out the exchange rate.

11 Affe December 19, 2015 at 10:04 am

Parallel porking.

12 Jay December 20, 2015 at 9:10 am

Reminds me of the hypocrisy of people that believe it is morally repugnant for an employer to terminate a labor contract because the employee is gay… but it is ok for an employee to terminate a labor contract if their boss is gay.

Guess you can’t expect logical consistency from people whose arguments are largely based on pathos.

13 RobertM December 21, 2015 at 5:58 am

Is this what they mean by “going Dutch”?

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: