Published: 2 December 2022Modified: 2 December 2022

The municipality is extending the trade-in scheme (formerly the demolition bonus) for high-emissions vehicles to 31 March 2023. Residents are allowed to trade in their old car, (delivery) van, moped or motorised bike for a credit.

Residents can spend the credit from the municipality on a cleaner form of transport. Such as traveling on public transportation or using a shared vehicle. Or as credit towards purchasing an (electric) bicycle or electric moped or motorised bike. Business owners can also use the scheme.

National measuresThe Dutch government is also offering a number of subsidies and tax advantages. Business owners and residents are allowed to use these on top of the municipality’s trade-in scheme. For example, if they purchase an electric delivery van or car.

Credit from the municipality The credits for trading in different vehicles are:

moped or motorised bike: € 400 (Ooievaarspas holders: € 750)diesel passenger car or delivery van: € 1,000 (Ooievaarspas holders: € 1,200)diesel delivery van for business owners: € 1,500 (the business owner must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce (KvK) as a legal entity Available budget The municipality has made € 325,000 available for the trade-in scheme. The scheme will last until 31 March 2023. Or until the funds for the trade-in scheme have been used up.

Number of polluting vehiclesSince 2016 more than 3,000 mopeds and motorised bikes and more than 700 cars have been demolished under the trade-in scheme. At the beginning of 2022 there were still many vehicles in The Hague registered at the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) which are no longer permitted to drive in The Hague’s low-emission zone. The approximate numbers are 1,600 diesel passenger cars, 1,500 diesel delivery vans and 4,500 mopeds and motorised bikes.

Also see: Trade-in scheme for diesel cars, mopeds and motorised bikes


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