A local news roundup for Amsterdam, shared in English.
Jan 2018 | week 1
Het Parool newspaper has issued a useful guide for Amsterdammers listing all the changes coming in from 1 January. Here’s a few examples …
Old scooters banned | The city’s environmental zone has been expanded which means older scooters from 2010 can no longer enter the city. Until April offenders will just get a warning but after that they will be introducing fines.
No more smoking on the ferry | The ferries across the IJ will become completely non-smoking from 2018 onwards, even on the outside decks.
Clean taxis | From 8 January, only taxis that run on green gas or are completely emission-free (such as electric taxis or cars powered by hydrogen) can use the ranks at Amsterdam Central Station and Leidseplein.
Bike lane ban | We’ll have to wait a bit longer for the long-awaited ban on scooters from the city’s bike lanes (probably autumn).
Reports for Booking.com rentals | Amsterdammers who rent their homes out as holiday rentals through Booking.com, must now report this to the municipality. It must not be longer than sixty days per year and not to groups of more than four people.
Bike stables first 24 hours free | The city has increased the free bike parking available in popular spots, including at the Pathé de Munt, Paradiso, Zuidplein, Station RAI and Vijzelstraat. It’s free for the first 24 hours, but if you leave your bike for longer that will be charged at €1.25 per day.
Letterbox advertising needs yes stickers | From now on, only letterboxes with a ‘yes / yes’ sticker on it will get advertising brochures through their doors. It’s estimated that this should save about 1.8 million kilos of paper, or about 6000 trees.
Playgroup fees introduced | Nearly 200 free ‘peuterspeelzalen’ (playgroups) in Amsterdam will now become commercial childcare organisations, where parents must pay a fee ranging from €5-250 per month, the amount depending on your earnings. All toddlers between 2.5 and 4 years are entitled to a minimum of fifteen hours at a ‘peuterspeelzalen’, spread over three days. Parents will not be required to stay there with their child.
Tourist tax up and down | Hotels in Center, South, East and West are going to pay more tourist tax (so now 6%) but in other areas it will drop to 4%, with the intention of encouraging a better distribution of tourists across the city.
The weather outlook | The first storm of the year will be crossing the Netherlands on Wednesday with heavy winds expected between 11am and 4pm. A code orange has been issued for Noord Holland, including Amsterdam . By the weekend it should be drier and sunnier. (Courtesy of BBC weather and weer.nl)
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