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The electric scooter will become legal in 2023

By Kris Platenburg December 21, 2022


The electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular and used more often in the Netherlands. In addition, there is a huge increase in the sale of electric scooters. But what is an electric scooter and are they allowed in the Netherlands? We explain all this below.

What is an electric scooter?

The electric scooter is an electrically motorized vehicle. The step can be compared to a scooter because it contains a throttle. Some e-scooters have a saddle for extra comfort.

What are the current rules regarding e-scooters?

Before an e-step is legally allowed on public roads, it must comply with certain laws and regulations. Electric scooters are not allowed on public roads if they have been approved by the RDW and have a license plate. These approved scooters have certain requirements. In general, the following rules apply:

· You must be at least 16 years old as a driver.
· You must be in possession of a driving license (AM or B).
· As a driver you must wear a helmet above a maximum speed of 25 km/h.
· The vehicle must be insured.
· The driver must keep to the right as much as possible in traffic.
· If there is a (moped) cycle path, you must use it.
· An e-scooter without a license plate is only allowed on private property.


Why is an e-step not allowed on public roads at the moment?

As mentioned earlier, it is not allowed to drive an electric scooter on public roads. This is because an electric scooter in the Netherlands is seen as a motorized vehicle and must therefore meet the associated vehicle requirements. Unlike the other EU countries, there are no regulations in the Netherlands regarding electric scooters. As a result, it is not possible to obtain approval for certain e-scooters.


What are the risks?

What exactly do you risk if you take to the streets with a rejected scooter? If you are stopped for the first time, you may receive a warning. There is also a good chance that you will receive a fine of up to € 360 with the warning. With a second warning, the scooter will be confiscated. Another risk is that you cannot insure an e-step and the damage costs are for you in the event of an accident or theft.


How the rules regarding e-scooters will change in 2023.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has announced a renewed framework for Light Electric Vehicles (LEV). This includes the following rules:

· The minimum age for driving an electric scooter remains 16 years
· The maximum construction speed will be 25 kilometers per hour
· The maximum weight of an electric scooter is set at 55 kg
· A license plate is mandatory
· Becomes a helmet not obliged
· Drivers of an electric scooter will use the cycle path
· Each electric scooter will fall under the Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Act (WAM).
· New e-scooters are allowed onto the road through approval and supervision of the manufacturing process
· The RDW will be designated as an independent approval authority.
· The aim remains to move towards a European framework for LEVs in the long term
· The expected entry into force of the new framework is on 1-1-2023


In short, it is now not allowed to take to the streets with this electric support vehicle, provided it has a license plate and has been approved by the RDW. In 2023 there will be new rules regarding electric scooters that allow use on public roads.


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