- Category: News
- Created on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:42
- Written by Amsterdam Herald
The Infrastructure, Traffic and Transport Service (Dienst Infrastructuur, Verkeer en Vervoer/DIVV) took away an average of 150 bikes a day for being parked wrongly or obstructively.
The figure represents a 65 per cent increase on the number of bicycles removed the year before.
Owners can retrieve their machines from the DIVV’s depot in the western harbour district, after paying a recovery charge.
Some owners criticise the system as heavy-handed, but the council says it is necessary to stop the city becoming cluttered with discarded bicycles.
Pieter Berkhout, from the DIVV depot, told local TV station AT5: ‘They get in the way, so to prevent dangerous situations arising the council arranges for the bikes to be removed.’