Mopeds out of favour with Dutch teenagers

Mopeds or Scooters for HireMopeds are out of favour with Dutch teenagers, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday.

At the beginning of this year, 40,000 Dutch teens had a moped, down from 100,000 at the beginning of 2010. The CBS says the 63% may be connected to the introduction of a driving test for moped users in 2010.

However, the number of over-50s with a moped has gone up, taking the total on the Dutch streets up to 1.1 million. Over 40% of moped owners are now over the age of 50.

The CBS research covers two categories of mopeds: the brommer or scooter with a maximum speed of 45 kph and the snorfiets, which can travel at up to 25 kph and which does not require use of a helmet.

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