The Hague focusing on clean transport

The Hague is aiming to become a clean and healthy city where it is pleasant to live, work and relax. Clean air is a prerequisite for this. The Hague Municipal Executive is using the clean transport policy in order to take measures to make the air in The Hague cleaner and healthier.

A major culprit behind the air pollution in The Hague is traffic. By trying to reduce emissions as well as make transportation cleaner, the air quality in the city will improve. This is important for the health of the city’s residents and visitors. And especially for vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children and people who suffer from respiratory conditions.

Consequences of dirty air

The average person in the Netherlands dies an estimated 13 months earlier due to exposure to air pollution. Air pollution also aggravates cardiovascular disorders and lung diseases. This is the reason why The Hague is aiming to comply with the World Health Organisation’s thresholds on emissions of fine particulate matter by 2030. The recommendation of the WHO is stricter than European air quality standards. The Hague is already meeting the WHO’s guidelines on nitrogen dioxide. The municipality nevertheless would like to cut emissions even further.

Cleaner air

To make sure the air is cleaner, the municipality will encourage cleaner transport and reduce transportation powered by combustion engines. It will take the following steps:

  • constructing an extensive network of charging stations for electric cars
  • a demolition bonus for highly polluting diesel cars and mopeds
  • supporting electric car and scooter sharing services
  • designating environmental zones where there are restrictions on the most polluting vehicles (low-emission zones)

Ban on two-stroke engines

As of 1 December 2020 the most polluting mopeds will no longer be allowed to drive in the city. This will make the air cleaner, which is good for everybody’s health. There will be a ban on two-stroke mopeds produced before 1 January 2011. Excluding these mopeds from the city will reduce the total emissions of fine particulate matter.

In addition:

  • Four-stroke mopeds produced before 1 January 2011 can get an exemption.
  • Residents who need their old two-stroke mopeds for medical reasons can apply for an exemption.
  • An exception will be made for historic mopeds (older than 30 years). These old-timers will be allowed on The Hague’s street during 10 weekends.

The municipality will announce later how you can apply for an exemption.

Environmental zone for diesel cars

In 2021 an environmental zone will be introduced for diesel cars (passenger cars, vans and taxis). The environmental zone will apply to diesel cars up to the Euro 4 emissions standard. This means that only diesel vehicles which are less than 15 years old in 2020 will be allowed to drive into the environmental zone. It is not yet clear how large the environmental zone will be. You can see the possible variants for the environmental zone on the map below. Variations could include:

  • the size of the current environmental zone for goods traffic
  • and/or an extension to the Neherkade
  • and/or an extension to the Burgemeester Patijnlaan (S100)
  • and/or an extension to the Telderstracé (S200)

Talks are being held with residents, businesses and interested parties to agree on a definite plan for the environmental zone.

Possible environmental zones for diesel cars
Possible environmental zones for diesel cars

Planning

The environmental zones will be introduced in steps:

  • 2020: ban on two-stroke mopeds
  • 2021: environmental zone for (diesel) passenger cars and vans (including taxis)
  • 2022: tightening of current environmental zone for goods traffic
  • 2022: environmental zone for goods traffic will also apply to buses and coaches
  • 2025: city buses are emissions free
  • 2025: deliveries to downtown The Hague are emissions free
  • 2030: The Hague meets WHO guidelines on fine particulate matter

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    Published: 21 October 2019Modified: 31 January 2020