Safety belts, extra brake: Minister sets extra requirements for Stint cargo bikes

One version of a Stint cargo vehicle made to carry multiple children. 12 April 2018.Tulp8 / Wikimedia Commons

Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure set a list of extra requirements for vehicles like Stint cargo bikes in an effort to increase their safety. These include an extra brake, limiting the number of passengers to 8 instead of 10, and safety belts on all seats. She hopes to implement these stricter conditions very soon, NOS reports.

The Stint cargo bike, the type of vehicle involved in a collision with a train in Oss in which four children were killed, will definitely not be allowed back on the road in its current form. Investigations in the aftermath of the accident showed that the Stint had safety issues and that this type of vehicle was too easily admitted to the Dutch roads. That is why Van Nieuwenhuizen is implementing new, stricter rules for this kind of 'special mopeds' as they are officially called.

The extra brake should ensure that the driver can still stop the vehicle, even if the first brake fails. If the driver falls off, the cargo bike must stop automatically. The vehicle must also be annually checked, and manufacturers have to implement risk-based checks. If the vehicle is used to transport people, the Minister also wants to make a driver's license compulsory for the driver. Though that may take some time, as it requires a change in the law. She is also considering a registration number for this type of vehicle. 

"We are very clearly putting the safety of drivers, passengers and other road users in the first place", Van Nieuwenhuizen said. "Manufacturers' requirements are clearer and stricter, while still providing space for new, innovative vehicles."

The stricter requirements will only apply to new products that come onto the market, according tot he broadcaster. Vehicles that are already allowed on the roads can still be made and used. 

Stint cargo bikes currently in storage do not have to be destroyed. According to the Ministry, they can simply be modified. Once they meet the new requirements, they will be allowed on the public roads again.