More money for demolition bonus for old diesel cars and motorbikes

Published: 1 September 2020Modified: 7 September 2020

The Municipality of The Hague has made an additional € 400,000 available towards the demolition bonus for diesel cars, mopeds and motorised bikes (brom- of snorfietsen). This comes on top of the previous amount of € 300,000. Thanks to the popularity of the measure the earlier amount has already been used up. The demolition bonus in in effect until 31 December 2020.

Residents and business in The Hague can get a credit of € 1000 from the municipality if they trade in their old diesel car (passenger car or delivery vehicle). Demolishing an old moped or motorised bike results in a credit of € 400.  Residents of The Hague with a low income and have an Ooievaarspas will get a credit of € 750.

Getting a credit

Since January 2020 450 mopeds and motorised bikes and 65 diesel cars have been turned in. Owners of cars or motorbikes who make use of the measure can spend this credit on a bicycle (including an electric bike), an electric moped or scooter, or a public transportation pass. Credit on the OV-chipcard can also be used to hire a car participating in a car sharing plan as well as an OV bicycle.

Cleaner air 

The measures are related to the new environmental zone which will be introduced as of 1 December 2020. The most polluting petrol-powered mopeds will no longer be allowed to drive in the city. There will be a ban on two-stroke mopeds with an initial registration date before 1 January 2011.

As of mid-2021 a new environmental zone will be introduced in the city centre for diesel cars (including taxis). Only passenger cars and delivery vans with a Euro 4 emission standard or higher will be permitted. These are diesel cars produced as of approximately 2006. The existing environmental zones for heavy-duty diesel engines will be expanded and as of 2022 only trucks and buses with a Euro 6 emission standard will be permitted. These are vehicles produced as of approximately 2014. 

Also see

Environmental zones in The Hague