Stint back on the road again before next school year?
Dutch Stint manufacturer, Edwin Renzen, hopes to have his Stint legally allowed on the road again before the beginning of the new school year. The once so popular ‘bolderkar’, as the vehicle is called in Dutch, is a kind of carrier cycle with the capacity to transport up to 10 children.
Last Tuesday, the Stint that used to be the ideal means of transport for many child care companies, was officially banned by the Dutch Minister of Transport and Public Works, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, after an accident end September, in which four children died.
The ban is also the main reason for which the Netherlands are still free of e-scooters, while other European cities are flooded with the shared and free-floating e-scooters.
In December, TNO, the Dutch independent research organization that focuses on applied science, made some propositions to make the Stint safer.
The future Stint should not brake on the motor but should be equipped with brakes on the front and rear wheels. It would also have a small seat and rear view mirrors to improve the driver’s view.
Most crucial step
Renzen says he will do anything what he possibly can to get the Stint back on the road again. He even wants to comply with larger European rules. It is not clear yet whether minimum age of the driver needs to be brought up to 18 or whether a driver’s license is needed.
Renzen hopes the Second Chamber will still provide the new permission context for the Stint before the end of February.
The step-by-step action plan includes getting back and taking apart the old Stints and then assemble the new parts. Most crucial step, however, will be the approval of the civil government service of Transport and Public Works.