The Rotterdam Classics Foundation organized a CO2 neutral protest ride in Rotterdam for the third time. This brings the counter of actions to four. As expected, the turnout was a lot smaller due to the winter conditions. Despite the cold, more than 100 vehicles were present that took part in the protest action.
The meeting point for the protest ride was at the 3rd Katendrechtse Hoofd parking lot in Rotterdam. At 12:00 PM the group left for a symbolic ride through the ports, over the dikes, along the Maas to the end point on the Koningin Emmaboulevard in Hoek van Holland. The tour via the Hoekse Lijn to Hoek van Holland went well. In Hoek van Holland, where the wind was blowing strongly, municipal councilor Jan-Willem Verheij (VVD) addressed the participants.
Cold and brine keeps many sympathizers at home
Various old-timer owners indicated - via several channels - that they were supporting the protest drive campaign without driving along. The weather conditions forced the majority of enthusiasts to leave the classic in the heated garage and not to expose it to the elements. Nevertheless, the Rotterdam Classics Foundation can praise itself, because they managed to bring together more than 100 classic owners. In addition, it generated more than sufficient (national) attention to the ride and the protest theme.
Attention from NOS news
The NOS news also paid attention to the ride. Niels van Ham, one of the helmers of the Rotterdam Classics Foundation, hit the nail on the head during a short interview. He again indicated the lack of usefulness of the environmental zone. “A small group of car owners - true enthusiasts - are being excluded. And let that be the group for which the environmental zone is set, while the same group is responsible for a minimum mileage. ”KNAC leader Peter Staal also once again told NOS journalists that the effect of environmental zones is zero. Not only the KNAC was present: that also applied to the FEHAC and De HAV.
Monday 19 March: environmental zones in Radar
Speaking of media attention: AVRO TROS Radar will pay extensive attention to environmental zoning in the Netherlands on Monday 19 March (20.30 hour, Netherlands 1). Together with the Rotterdam Classics Foundation, it made a report. The jumble of rules will also be discussed in the studio. In addition, the lack of national rules will be discussed in Radar.
Call from the minister: Do not unnecessarily complicate
Finally: Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen has since announced that local measures with regard to environmental zones must be finished. In an interview with De Telegraaf, she indicated that municipalities should not make it unnecessarily complicated for the motorist. In addition, the minister notices that there is a kind of environmental race going on. She points to the upcoming government measures that result from the coalition agreement. It was indicated there that environmental zones should become a national rather than a local matter.
You can read more news about the protest ride (with a nice accompanying photo impression) and the upcoming Radar broadcast here.