Since the new regulations, the Rijksdienst Wegverkeer (RDW) has not yet received any requests from manufacturers of electric steps to allow the vehicles on public roads. That confirms a spokesman for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management on Friday to NU.nl after reporting by the NOS .
Electric steps are not permitted on the public road in the Netherlands. Before they can be used, the vehicles must be approved by the RDW and must be designated as a 'special moped'. According to the Ministry, no requests have been made for this since May of last year.
For approval, the vehicle must meet new stricter requirements since May. For example, the scooter must be equipped with two independent braking systems, brakes on both wheels, a brake light, front and rear direction indicators, pneumatic tires and a bell, NOS writes. It must not have a front-wheel drive.
Mobility expert Bart de Liefde tells the NOS that the Netherlands has the strictest requirements in the world when it comes to electric steps. "None of the existing models comes close. Manufacturers quickly find it worthwhile to develop a whole new model for a small market like the Netherlands."
If you go on public roads with an electric scooter, you risk a fine of 270 euros, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service (OM) told NU.nl. That is because riding an electric scooter falls under 'drivers of mopeds and light-moped riders'.
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