By carrying out the statutory tasks, RDW have a significant impact on what vehicles are used on the roads in the Netherlands and Europe and their impact on the living environment. Sustainability therefore has our daily attention, in addition to safety and legal certainty. Our ambition: clean, low emission and silent road transport for everyone. To achieve this ambition, RDW and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management work according to a joint strategic agenda for sustainable mobility. This strategy agenda sets the course for the coming years based on five important pillars: emission reduction, alternative power trains, rights for entry and usage of roads and public space, tyres and future-proof vehicle admission & continuous monitoring.

Emission tests for vehicles in use

RDW has a new role of surveillance on vehicle emissions.

Besides the introduction of tightened emissions requirements like for new vehicles as the Real Driving Emissions test, in response of diesel gate, also the surveillance scheme for authorities like the RDW is tightened significantly. For example, a new enforcement system of in-service conformity (ISC) has been introduced. This means that RDW will not only has the supervision on vehicle emission during type approval, but also for vehicles that are in use. With this new ISC method the RDW has a better and more effective method to monitor the conformity of vehicles emissions and also monitor manufacturers performance. RDW is now making all the necessary preparations to perform this new task as from January 1st 2021.

Power measurement electric and hybrid vehicles

The United Nations has developed a new Global Technical Regulation (GTR) for Determination of Electrified Vehicle Power.

Until recently, there was no uniform procedure for determining the total power of a vehicle with multiple engines. This includes electric vehicles with wheel hub motors and hybrid vehicles. The United Nations has therefore developed a new worldwide harmonised regulation (GTR) for power measurement. This is expected to be implemented in the UNECE regulations and in EU legislation in 2021. This means that this procedure will become the worldwide standard for all vehicle manufacturers.

Preparations for the heavy transport vehicle toll

RDW contributes to the careful introduction of this toll.

In the Rutte III coalition agreement, the introduction of a goods-vehicle toll was agreed. The net revenue from this toll will be used for innovation and improved sustainability of the Dutch transport sector. The Ministry‚Äôs starting point is a combined implementation by public and private parties. The government aims to implement the goods-vehicle toll system quickly and carefully. The start will not be before 2024.   In 2018 and 2019, RDW carried out a legislative test as well as a comprehensive implementation test into its role in the monitoring and enforcement processes. Preparations for implementing these tasks started in 2020. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management subsequently requested RDW to perform an implementation test for additional tasks relating to the goods-vehicle toll. Political decision-making about the goods-vehicle toll and assigning its implementation to RDW will follow in 2021.

Lower parking charges for zero-emission vehicles

RDW manages valuable information about emissions and parking that is required for this purpose.   

In the coalition agreement, it was agreed that lower parking charges may be applied to zero-emissions vehicles. This provides municipalities with an instrument for improving the air quality in city centres. The Parking Charges Differentiation legislative proposal makes a lower parking rate possible for zero-emissions vehicles.  

Combined information accessible

RDW has information about both emissions and parking charges. The former is laid down in the vehicle registration system, the latter in the National Parking Register. We are investigating the possibility of linking both registrations and making the combined information accessible. This will make it possible to provide this information for every parking transaction. We can make this data available as open data.  

Dynamic parking data

Once RDW can publish current occupation of parking spaces, satnav software providers will be able to process this information in their systems. This will allow drivers to find a parking space quickly and efficiently, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions, lower fuel costs and increased safety on the road. RDW is talking to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management about registering and accessing this dynamic parking data as well.

Collection and payment of the Waste Management Contribution

Waste Management Contribution mandatory for initial registration of a vehicle in the Netherlands.     

Manufacturers and importers which market passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in the Netherlands are responsible for later collecting and recycling these vehicles. The Auto Recycling Nederland (ARN) foundation does this on behalf of and is financed by the factory importers that perform the administrative registration of those vehicles. Vehicles that are registered individually via the RDW inspection stations, around one third of the total, do not currently contribute towards the recycling costs. For this purpose, ARN has applied to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management for a Declaration of Universal Applicability (AVV) with respect to its contracts with its current partners. If this application is granted, payment of a waste management contribution will become mandatory for every initial registration of a vehicle in the Netherlands. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, RDW and ARN are investigating whether RDW can play a role in this respect.