The police have not yet handed out fines or arrested people after several farmers drove their tractors slowly over the A7 between Drachten and Heerenveen last night. About fifteen tractor units, most of them without license plates, also drove against the traffic.

    The farmers first drove in the right direction on the highway. At Tjalleberd they came across a police blockade, after which they turned around and drove the other way, ghost driving. There they again encountered a police blockade, after which they left the highway at Tijnje.

    A police spokesman said it was an unplanned action. “This created a dangerous situation. Our first priority was to stop this action, so that traffic became safe again. We succeeded. The tractors then left the highway via the exit and the verge. It was not possible to stop them standing. and we couldn’t identify them because they didn’t have a license plate.”

    The police are looking for leads to identify the activists. “If we can trace this back to people, we will still issue fines.”

    Since 1 January agricultural vehicles must have a registration number if they are also used on public roads. This has been checked since 1 July, the Public Prosecution Service reported earlier.