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Moped riders - How much are (light-)mopeds used in the Netherlands?

The distance travelled on mopeds and light mopeds is quite stable at about 1 billion km per year [iv] Based on these figures, it is not possible to make a reliable distribution of the number of kilometres travelled on a moped or on a light moped, nor a reliable distribution of distances travelled by age or gender. It is however possible to distinguish between the possession of a moped, light moped and microcar. Table 2 shows that in recent years the number of light mopeds increased, whereas the number of mopeds decreased. Since 2012 there have been more light mopeds than mopeds in the Netherlands.

Possession of mopeds and light mopeds

Year

Light moped

Moped

Total

2008

339,941

423,189

763,130

2009

386,025

464,870

850,895

2010

435,247

496,145

931,392

2011

487,380

515,517

1,002,897

2012

526,771

509,333

1,036,104

2013

560,427

499,050

1,059,477

2014

588,801

487,700

1,076,501

2015

617,800

481,749

1,099,549

2016

647,968

477,878

1,125,846

2017

680,563

473,085

1,153,648

 
Table 2. Vehicle fleet data of mopeds and light mopeds, measured on 1 January of each year (Source:CBS-Statline).

 

Table 3 shows that not only young people own a (light) moped. 46% of the light moped owners and 42% of the moped owners are even 50 years of age or older. It must be noted that owning a vehicle is not the same as using a vehicle. It may well be the case that due to cheaper insurance the parents of the main user register the moped or light moped on their name.

Age owner

Light moped

Moped

16 - 19

3%

5%

20 - 29

17%

18%

30 - 39

14%

15%

40 - 49

20%

21%

50 - 59

23%

24%

60 and older

23%

18%

Table 3 Age of moped and light-moped owners in 2017 (Source: CBS-Statline).
 

[iv]Data provided by the mobility surveys in the Netherlands OVG/MON/OViN

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