Amsterdam is one of the first EU-Capitals finally putting a foot down on the thousands of 25 km/h low speed gasoline scooters and mopeds this year. The new measures are intended to counter both pollution and a high accident rate and include a ban on scooters and mopeds built pre-2011. In addition, motor scooters and mopeds will no longer be allowed on bike paths.
After years of struggling with cyclists and annoyed citizens, the new rules will go into effect late 2018 and will affect more than 60.000 riders of outdated gasoline mopeds and scooters.
Limited to 25 km/h, slow gasoline powered scooters and mopeds have no advantage over modern electric-bikes, electric scooters and pedelecs.
They are heavy, extremely noisy (most of the noise owed the shrill horn the seem to be using all day) and they take away more space than modern electric bikes.
The cost of fuel and spare parts makes their operation about 80 % more expensive than riding a utitly electric bike and parking is limited to moped parking spaces.
Electric bikes like the 25 km/h electric bike UNIMOKE (picture below) offer everything you wish from a cool vintage moped plus all the goodies you are getting from a legal bicycle status.
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.
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 September 2018.