Move to raise scooter minimum age to 17
6 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM − In a bid to reduce the number of traffic fatalities, Transport Minister Karla Peijs has proposed that the minimum age to ride a scooter be increased from 16 to 17.
6 July 2004
AMSTERDAM − In a bid to reduce the number of traffic fatalities, Transport Minister Karla Peijs has proposed that the minimum age to ride a scooter be increased from 16 to 17.
The minister's plan is part of a series of measures to reduce the relatively large number of scooter riders who are killed or injured each year. The Transport Ministry hopes that increasing the minimum age will save a minimum of 28 lives each year.
In addition to the minimum age, Minister Peijs is also proposing that speed limits for scooters on bike paths outside built up areas be reduced to 30kmh.
But the Parliament is opposed to higher age limit and instead, a parliamentary majority made up of the Liberal VVD, Labour PvdA and Christian Democrat CDA have suggested that young people must have a licence to ride a scooter.
Political sources have indicated that Peijs is prepared to meet the MPs' demands, but will also push through with her plans to increase the minimum age. She will present the proposal to the Cabinet on Friday.
The number of Dutch road fatalities increased for the first time in recent years to 1,088 last year and Peijs is allocating about EUR 400 million to road safety between now and 2010. She hopes to reduce annual fatalities to 640 in 15 years time.
[Copyright Expatica News + Novum Nieuws 2004]
Subject: Dutch news