Higher air quality for Amsterdam
On 1 January 2018, a low emission zone (milieuzone) encompassing all of Amsterdam except the rural parts of Noord – the Durgerdam, Holysloot, Ransdorp and Zunderdorp villages – will come into effect. This means all scooters and mopeds from 2010 or earlier may no longer ride in Amsterdam from that date onwards. Owners of scooters and mopeds can enter the registration number on their number plate on this page (in Dutch) to check if their vehicle belongs to that group.
Exemptions and subsidies
In some cases, riders of pre-2011 mopeds or scooters are eligible for an exemption. Eligibility can be checked using the registration number here from 1 October 2017 (website in Dutch). There is also a subsidy scheme aimed to help scooter and moped riders switch to a more environmentally friendly mode of transport. Note that those eligible for both an exemption and the subsidy scheme must choose between them. Find more information about subsidies and exemptions here (in Dutch).
Scooters and mopeds are involved in a disproportionately high number of accidents and 80% of all scooter riders regularly exceed their speeding limit. For these reasons, scooters and mopeds will be banned from bike paths and will be required to use the roads. At what time this measure comes into effect depends on national legislation – the City of Amsterdam is aiming for quick implementation. The earliest possible date is March 2018.