Low-emission zone for old mopeds and motorised bikes

The Hague has a low-emission zone with restrictions for polluting petrol-powered mopeds and motorised bikes (brom- of snorfietsen). Mopeds and motorised bikes with an initial registration date in 2010 or earlier will no longer be allowed to drive anywhere in The Hague. Old electric mopeds and motorised bikes, however, will be permitted.

All of The Hague is a low-emission zone for mopeds and motorised bikes. This is the pink area on the map.
All of The Hague is a low-emission zone for mopeds and motorised bikes. This is the pink area on the map.

Check whether you are allowed to drive in the low-emission zone

Below you can check to see whether your moped or motorised bike is permitted to drive in the low-emission zone. Look up your number plate to see whether you can apply for an exemption.

Step 1: Check your number plate

The initial registration date (Datum Eerste Toelating) for your moped or motorised bike will determine whether you may use your vehicle in The Hague. This date is on your vehicle registration certificate. You can also look up the initial registration date here. Enter your number plate.

You do not need to check your number plate for an old electric moped or motorised bike or microcar. All electric vehicles and microcars are allowed to drive in the low-emission zone.

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Step 2: Check if you can get an exemption

  • Do you have a four-stroke moped or motorised bike with an initial registration date in 2010 or earlier? Then you may still drive in The Hague. However, you must first take your vehicle in for a technical inspection. Once you have a vehicle test certificate, you may apply for an exemption at the municipality. The fee for the exemption is € 30,40.

  • Do you have a two-stroke moped or motorised bike with an initial registration date in 2010 or earlier? But are you unable to travel by public transportation or car or (electric) bicycle, moped or motorised bike due to health reasons? You may be eligible for an exemption on medical grounds. Click here to apply for an exemption on medical grounds. There is a fee for the exemption.

    The Hague’s Public Health Department (GGD) will give you a medical assessment. The GGD will examine whether you genuinely are able to get around only on your old two-stroke moped or motorised bike due to medical reasons.

  • Do you have a two-stroke moped or motorised bike which is 30 years old or older? Then you can apply each year for an exemption. Owners get the right to drive a maximum of 40 half-day periods in the low-emission zone. You can register as many number plates as you wish. A half-day period lasts from midnight to 12.00 hrs. and from 12.00 hrs. to midnight. You notify the municipality in advance when you would like to use a half-day period. It is also possible to inform the municipality after the fact. You do have to do this on the day you make the trip. For example, if you would like to extend the trip you started in the morning, then you have to inform the municipality about the 2nd half-day period when you get home, at the latest by midnight.

    Please note: for a four-stroke vintage model follow the steps to apply for an exemption for a four-stroke moped or motorised bike with an initial registration date in 2010 or earlier.

    The application fee for an exemption is € 25 per year per number plate (there is no limit on the maximum number of registered vehicles). Apply for an exemption for vintage models.

  • Businesses with a mobile stand in The Hague may apply for an exemption to drive in the low-emission zone for mopeds and motorised bikes with 3 wheels and a two-stroke engine which fall under the category of cultural mobile heritage (vintage models).

    The exemption will be granted for 2 years. This gives you time to convert your old moped or motorised bike into a cleaner vehicle. For example, by replacing the two-stroke engine with a four-stroke engine or an electric engine. You can apply to the municipality for a subsidy to convert a 3-wheeled moped or motorised bike. Or you can replace your vehicle with a different (cleaner) vehicle. You can get an exemption if you meet the following conditions:

    • the vehicle is registered in the number plate registry of the RDW under your name. Check the vehicle registration certificate to see if this is the case.
    • the vehicle was registered under your name before 27 February 2020.
    • the vehicle, on the date you apply for the exemption, has an initial registration date (Datum Eerste Tenaamstelling, DET) of 30 years or older. The DET is stated on the vehicle registration certificate.
    • the vehicle is an L2e class vehicle (a 3-wheeled moped or motorised bike).
    • you have a permit for a mobile stand under the 2017 street trading directive (Verordening straathandel Den Haag 2017). A valid permit based on an older street trading directive in The Hague may also be used. This permit must have been issued before 1 February 2021.

    For more information or if you want to receive an application form, send an email to milieuzonebrommers@denhaag.nl or contact the municipality.

    As of 1 July 2021 the application for an exemption will cost € 25.

Technical inspection for four-stroke vehicles

For a technical inspection on your four-stroke vehicle, you must take it to a dealer contracted by the municipality. Look at the list of dealers to see where you can have the inspection done. The inspection costs a maximum of € 25. A technical inspection takes about 15 minutes. The municipality could perform a random spot check to see whether the dealer has inspected your vehicle correctly. You will have to wait for 1 hour extra for this spot check.

Please note: you can apply for an exemption at the municipality with the inspection report.

You can have your moped or motorised bike inspected at the following dealers.

Why inspect four-stroke vehicles?

Vehicle registration certificates do not specify whether a moped or motorised bike has a two-stroke or four-stroke engine. This means the municipality cannot tell from the number plate whether a moped or motorised bike is allowed to drive in the low-emission zone. This is why the vehicle must undergo a technical inspection.

Two-stroke mopeds and motorised bikes are polluting

Two-stroke vehicles produce a huge amount of harmful exhaust, especially while waiting at traffic lights or revving up the motor when accelerating. This presents a health risk to cyclists and pedestrians who are exposed to these two-stroke vehicles. Research (in Dutch) shows that a low-emission zone can substantially reduce soot and particulate matter emissions.

Questions?

Do you have a question about the low-emission zone for mopeds and motorised bikes? Send an email to: milieuzonebrommers@denhaag.nl.

Do you have a question about the demolition bonus? Send an email to: sloopregeling@denhaag.nl.

Also see Apply for exemption from low-emission zone for mopeds and motorised bikes

Published: 8 April 2021Modified: 7 May 2021