Published: 10 July 2023Modified: 10 July 2023

As of 1 July residents and businesses can again take part in the trade-in scheme for high-emissions vehicles. If they have their old moped or motorised bike, diesel car or diesel delivery van demolished, they will get a credit. The trade-in scheme is in effect from 1 July 2023 to 30 September 2023 or until the funds are used up.

Residents can use the credit from the municipality towards a new or second-hand bicycle. Or towards an electric moped, bicycle or a public transportation ticket. The credit for trading in a moped or motorised bike is € 400. Ooievaarpas holders get € 750. The credit for trading in a diesel car is € 1,000. Residents with an Ooievaarspas get € 1,200.

Also for businessesThe city centre will become a zero-emission zone for delivery vans and trucks as of 1 January 2025. Old delivery vans and trucks which produce high exhaust emissions will no longer be allowed to drive in the zero-emission zone. Businesses should therefore make the switch to clean transportation on time. The municipality would like to support businesses in making the switch.

The credit for trading in old delivery vans belonging to a business is therefore € 2,500 this year. Businesses can also use the credit towards transport services.

There are also other measures which support businesses in purchasing or leasing a more sustainable delivery fleet. See

Available budget The municipality has made € 125,000 available for the trade-in scheme. The scheme will be in effect from 1 July to 30 September 2023 or until the funds have been used up.

Number of polluting vehiclesNearly 4,000 mopeds and motorised bikes and nearly 800 cars have been demolished under the trade-in scheme since 2016. At the beginning of 2023 there were still 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 1,800 diesel passenger cars, 1,300 diesel delivery vans and 3,000 mopeds and motorised bikes.

The municipality wants to make the air in The Hague cleaner. Better air quality benefits everybody’s health. The biggest cause of air pollution in our city is exhaust emissions produced by old vehicles. This is why the municipality is making the trade-in scheme available again.

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


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