A majority of MPs oppose plans by Amsterdam city council to move mopeds from cycle lanes to the roads and to require moped users to wear a helmet, news agency ANP reports.
Christian Democrat and VVD MPs called on other parties to support their opposition to the plan on Thursday, ANP says. They want the ministers to cancel their approval for the city-wide trials.
Transport minister Melanie Schultz earlier this year agreed Amsterdam could bring in local helmet requirements to make the experiment possible. The Dutch capital has long campaigned to remove mopeds from the cycle lanes to improve cyclists’ safety.
However, MPs say moving mopeds to the roads will lead to more dangerous situations because mopeds do not go fast enough in regular city traffic.
‘It is disappointing that MPs don’t recognise the need for tailor-made solutions in Amsterdam,’ a spokesman for city alderman Pieter Litjes told broadcaster Nos.
In Amsterdam, almost half of the people killed in traffic accidents last year were driving a moped. In 2012, moped drivers were involved in 689 accidents, most of which took place on cycle lanes, the Parool reported a year ago.
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