It’s started: Fines for scooters on Amsterdam cycle paths
Legally, scooters have not been able to drive on the cycle paths in Amsterdam, specifically those situated inside the A10, since April 8. However, from this date, an adjustment period of two months was instated, so no fines were given out to those still using the cycle paths or driving without a helmet.
Adjustment period over
Scooter drivers have had two months to get used to the new rules regarding where they can and cannot drive. However, this period is now over and those breaking the rules will be fined from Monday, June 3. Those driving on the cycle path where this is prohibited will receive a fine of 95 euros, plus 9 euros administration costs- so 104 euros in total. The same fine will be given to those driving on the road without a helmet.
This month, an extra 12 enforcement officers will be deployed to enforce the scooter ban. Those who don’t adhere to the rules will be stopped and fined. If they decide to carry on driving and thus do not stop, a fine will be issued via the license plate number. Not sure where you can ride your scooter? Take a look at this map.
Making cycle paths safer
The ban on scooters on the cycle path in the Dutch city was brought about to reduce the congestion on these paths and make them safer for cyclists. Officially, scooters (the ones with blue license plates) are only allowed to reach speeds of 25 km/h, however, many are souped up to go faster. The speed difference compared to bicycles creates a great deal of nuisance. Additionally, the number of scooters in the capital has grown immensely, from 11.000 in 2008 to 35.000 in 2018.