Dutch cabinet wants to ban phone on the bike from July 2019 ban




Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works has presented a legislative amendment that prohibits the holding of a mobile phone in the Netherlands from 1 July 2019 onwards when riding a bicycle.

The ban extends to all mobile electronic devices, not just to mobile phones. According to the minister, the ban is necessary, because cyclists who are working with their phones today are at greater risk of an accident. That, according to her, is related to the fact that it has become much busier on cycle paths, and the differences in speed, among other things due to the rise of the electric bicycle, have increased.

The ban has been in force since 2002 for, among other things, motor vehicles and since 2009 also for moped riders, but so far it did not apply to tram drivers and drivers of a motorized handicapped vehicle; the ban also applies to these road users. With this it is extended to drivers of all vehicles.

The amendment to the Traffic and Traffic Signs Regulations 1990 will enter into force on 1 July 2019, whereby an internet consultation will also take place. Thereafter, the proposal is presented to the House of Representatives, where changes may still be made. The plan is also being submitted to various advisory bodies.


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