Officials in Netherlands say driving instructors can now be paid in kind instead of cash as long as the proposition is made by the instructor and not the student.
Transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Justice minister Ard van der Steur wrote a letter to the Dutch parliament in response to a question from Gert-Jan Segers, a member of parliament with the socially conservative Christian Union party.
Segers sought a ban on the practice because he claimed the students do not have a license to practice prostitution and do not pay the tax required of professionals in the prostitution industry. The ministers however said in their letter that it does not constitute prostitution if it was suggested by the teacher and not the student.
“It’s not about offering sexual activities for remuneration, but offering a driving lesson. It is important that the initiative lies with the driving instructor, and focuses on offering a driving lesson, with the payment provided in sexual acts. When a sexual act is offered in lieu of financial payment, that is prostitution,” the letter reads.
The ministers said the practice dubbed “ride for a ride” may be “undesirable” but is legal if both parties are over 18 and the arrangement was suggested by the teacher.