In both the Netherlands and Belgium we see many electric scooters on the streets. Many people will think this is quite normal, but (unfortunately) it is not.
In Belgium it is legal to ride an electric scooter on public roads. In the Netherlands, riding an electric scooter on public roads is not allowed provided you follow a number of rules. Use on private property, such as the garden, driveway or company premises is allowed in the Netherlands.
Netherlands lags behind
It is just unusual that the Netherlands takes longer to pass legislation and thus deviates when it comes to other European countries. When we open the site of the Dutch central government we read the following rules:
An electric scooter cannot go faster than 25 km/h
The scooter must be officially approved
In addition, the following rules apply
- You are 16 years or older.
- You do not need a driver's license.
- You do not need to apply for a license plate.
- You do not need to wear a helmet.
- You must insure the e-scooter for third-party liability.
- You put the insurer's sticker on the e-scooter.
- You must ride on the bike path or bike/moped path.
- You use the lane if there is no bicycle path or bicycle/moped path.
- You must ride on the right whenever possible.
- You must not ride on the sidewalk.
- This equipment a scooter must have
A scooter has a:
- Insurance plate
- A vehicle identification number
- Reflectors (red and white/yellow)
So riding an electric scooter is not prohibited but the above rules make it almost impossible to get an electric scooter on the road for an acceptable amount.
Inspection and obtaining a VIN costs money and time, and the insurance doesn't make it attractive either. By the way, these rules do not apply to the electric bike, because this vehicle must be continuously propelled by the pedals or it will stop.
It is for this reason that an assisted electric scooter is allowed.