Professor proved partly right after four years.
Van der Meulen's legal battle began when he received a statement for a traffic fine. It said that it was not possible to appeal against the administrative costs. They've got a nerve, he thought, as it's always possible to appeal in a constitutional state.
The court of appeal did not judge that the levy of administrative costs was unlawful, as a subdistrict court had earlier. Even so, Van der Meulen will not be appealing further against the judgement. 'I was unable to convince the judge of my arguments,' he says. 'But I have prepared the way now for others.' All in all, he is reasonably satisfied after four years of legal action, and relieved that 'it's over'. 'I am pleased I won in the end, but I'm still annoyed a battle was necessary.'