The rise in popularity is due to a higher quality of e-scooters as well as changing traffic regulations and a push for cleaner air in the cities. In Amsterdam, a new low-emission zone banning pre-2011 scooters and mopeds was introduced in 2018, and 2019 will see the implementation of a ban on mopeds using bike paths, as part of a set of new measures intended to counter both pollution and a high accident rate.
The development is part of a wider move towards smart mobility in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. There is a general increase in the usage of electric vehicles and record numbers of EV charging points. Sharing services are ever-popular, too.