Light mopeds are popular in the Netherlands

Light mopeds are popular in the Netherlands

Light mopeds have increased much faster in number than heavier mopeds in recent years. At the start of 2011 there were 475 thousand light and 527 thousand heavier mopeds in the Netherlands, according to Statistics Netherlands. The lights are about to overtake the heavies. Young people tend to own more heavy mopeds, women tend to own more light mopeds with the exception of young women.

The number of light mopeds has increased by about 16 percent a year since 2007 whereas the number of heavy mopeds increased by an average of 8 percent. In 2011 there were 475 thousand light and 527 thousand heavy mopeds. The period 2007-2011 saw a 170 percent increase in light moped ownership among 20-25 year-olds.

On 1 January 2011 heavy moped ownership among 16 and 17 year-olds was down by over 20 percent on the previous year. This is probably due to the introduction of a practical driving test for heavy mopeds in March 2010.

Twice as many men as women own mopeds
Nearly 6 percent of people over 16 own a moped. More than twice as many men own one. Men also tend to have the heavier rather than the lighter mopeds. The reverse is true for women. Moped ownership is highest among young people. If older people own a moped, it is usually a lighter one. Heavier mopeds are found most often in rural areas, whereas lighter ones are more popular in urban areas.

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