Low-emission zone for old mopeds and motorised bikes

The Hague has a low-emission zone with restrictions for polluting mopeds and motorised bikes (brom- of snorfietsen). You are not allowed to drive a moped or motorised bikes in the low-emission zone with an initial registration date before 1 January 2011. Old electric mopeds and motorised bikes, however, are permitted.

Sometimes you can apply for an exemption for a moped or motorised bike with an initial registration date before 1 January 2011.

Environmental zone for mopeds and motorised bikes

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

Follow the 2 steps below.

Step 1: Check your number plate

Whether or not you are allowed to drive in The Hague depends on the initial registration date (Datum Eerste Toelating, DET) of your moped or motorised bike. This date is on your vehicle registration certificate. You can also look up the initial registration date here. Enter your number plate.

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  • Then you are allowed to drive in the low-emission zone.

  • Then you are not allowed to drive in the low-emission zone. Sometimes an exception applies and you are allowed to drive in the low-emission zone with an exemption. Read more about this under 'Step 2: Check if you can get an exemption'.
  • Then you are allowed to drive in the low-emission zone. You first need to get a technical inspection for your vehicle. You can apply for an exemption with a vehicle test certificate. Read more about this in Step 2 under the heading: 'Apply for exemption for four-stroke moped or motorised bike from before 1 January 2011'.

Step 2: Check if you can get an exemption

See below if you can apply for an exemption

  • Do you have a four-stroke moped or motorised bike with an initial registration date (DET) before 1 January 2011? Then you are allowed to drive in the low-emission zone. 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.

    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 below 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 then 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.

    Why inspect a four-stroke vehicle?

    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.

  • Do you have a two-stroke moped or motorised bike from 2010 or earlier? But are you unable to travel by public transportation or car or drive an (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. You must pay a fee for an exemption.

    You will get a medical assessment by The Hague’s Public Health Department (GGD). 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 per year 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 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.

    Apply for an exemption for vintage models.
    Please note: for a four-stroke vintage model follow the steps to apply for an 'Exemption for four-stroke moped or motorised bike from before 1 January 2011'.

  • Do you have a business which sells its wares from different street locations (mobile stand) in The Hague? Then you 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 within the category of cultural mobile heritage (vintage models).

    You will get an exemption for 2 years. This will give 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 for a subsidy at the municipality. 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 (DET) of 30 years or older. The DET is stated on the vehicle registration certificate. Or you can check this in Step 1 on this page.
    • 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 of 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 milieuzone@denhaag.nl or contact the municipality.

    Applying for an exemption costs € 25 in 2021 (€ 25.60 in 2022).

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.

Enforcement

The low-emission zone is based on the Road Traffic Act (Wegenverkeerswet). The municipality uses cameras and special enforcement officers to enforce the law. If you get a fine, it will be issued by the Central Judicial Collection Agency (CJIB).

If you do not agree with a fine, you can file an objection at the CJIB. The letter you received about your fine will explain how to do this.

You can request the photo proving that you were in violation of the law at the municipality. Send an email to ANPRfoto@denhaag.nl. The email should include:

  • the number plate of the vehicle for which you got the fine
  • the date of the offence
  • the email address the municipality can use to send the photo

Questions?

Do you have a question about the low-emission zone for mopeds and motorised bikes? Send an email to: milieuzone@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: 20 December 2021Modified: 9 May 2022