The fact that the electric scooters are not yet allowed on the road and are therefore not allowed in the Netherlands is nothing new. In a previous blogpost we already told you that these companies would negotiate with the Dutch government to get them legalized anyway. Next Wednesday is the day they will submit their proposal to the Lower House of Parliament.
Four large e-scooter companies have decided to join forces. Although, Bird, Lime, Tier and Voi are huge rivals to each other, they saw the opportunity to jointly convince policymakers to allow their electric scooters into the Netherlands. Wednesday January 15, they will present their position paper to the Lower House of Parliament. In this paper they ask for the admission requirements for the electric scooter to be changed to the same admission requirements as for the e-bike as is maintained in Belgium. If this does not happen, they are, according to their position paper, also willing to comply with stricter rules as drawn up for the Stint.
The Stint drama has had major consequences for every new vehicle that had to be approved. Especially for the electric scooter. The accident with the Stint has meant that the rules have been tightened for new electrically driven vehicles. As it looks now, they will only get a license when the providers concerned mount a saddle, indicators and pneumatic tires on the scooter. Jan Vanderhoeven says that they do not have such a model at their disposal. “We can’t adapt our production line all for one market,” says Vanderhoeven.
While the four major e-scooter companies are trying to legalize e-scooters on a national level, they are having conversations with Dutch cities. An example of this is Lime, who holds conversations with Rotterdam, among others. In previous blogposts we already mentioned that Rotterdam is very interested in the electric scooters, but is waiting for the authorization. However, Lime already has a warehouse in the port city where tens of thousands of scooters are ready to be distributed across France and Germany. After all, they do have a permit there for their scooters.
The Ministry of Infrastructure announces that despite ‘a few talks’ they have not yet received a permit application.
Despite the fact that electric scooters are still banned in the Netherlands, they are sold a lot. The four large e-scooter companies therefore see the Netherlands as a small but important country. The Netherlands is at the top in terms of infrastructure in Europe, and is even number 3 in the world. It is therefore not surprising that these companies, offering a new green form of vehicles, want to introduce their product on the Dutch market. There is little chance that they will soon withdraw from the battle for the legalization of the e-scooters. However, the patience of the e-scooter companies will be put to the test. After the Stint drama, the Lower House of Parliament will not change its mind so quickly. They naturally want to prevent a second Stint drama and will therefore take the necessary precautions. The e-scooter companies will have to bite the bullet and be patient for a little while longer.