The wearing of front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted.
Children under 12yrs/1.5m cannot travel in the front seat unless using an appropriate restraint.
Drink Driving Limits
50mg/100ml (UK 80mg/100ml)
Minimum Driving Age
The minimum driving age using a full UK licence is 18
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Open Road kph (mph)
Motorway kph (mph)
Speed cameras, speed traps and unmarked vehicles are widely used to monitor speeding; exceeding the maximum speed limit can incur heavy penalties including substantial fines. Be vigilant on motorways where the maximum speed can vary. Overhead illuminated lane indicators - when in use - are mandatory. Never exceed the indicated speed limit where road works are taking place.
The use of dipped headlights during the day is recommended. At night it is prohibited to drive with only sidelights.
All grades of unleaded petrol, diesel and LPG are available as well as lead substitute additive. No leaded. It is allowed to carry petrol in a can. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted, although they probably won't work at automatic pumps.
There are tolls on some roads and bridges in the Netherlands.
Blue zone parking operates in most towns and free parking discs are available at police stations. Do not park against the direction of flow of traffic. At night use parking lights if the vehicle is parked more than 30 metres from a street light.
Police are empowered to issue on-the-spot fines.
Hand-held mobile phones have been banned in the Netherlands. The Ministerie has started a campaign in the Netherlands aimed at reducing the use of handheld mobile phones by drivers. A fine is imposed on drivers found using a handheld unit whilst driving.
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.
Other Useful Information
As in most of Europe, you must give way to traffic approaching from the right unless you are on a priority road indicated by a yellow diamond.
The Dutch drive on the right and give priority to the right, unless otherwise indicated. They drive "assertively" and do not practice road courtesy. Be particularly careful when using roundabouts: on some you have the right of way when on them but on others right of way must be given to vehicles entering.
Be extra vigilant for trams; they have priority over other traffic and are well known to exercise that right. If a tram or a bus stops in the middle of the road to allow passengers on and off, you must stop.
You must give way to buses pulling away from bus stops in built-up areas.
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Note 1: UK registered vehicles displaying Euro-plates (circle of 12 stars above the national identifier on blue background) no longer need a GB sticker when driving in European Union countries. Countries outside the EU still require national identification.
Note 2: Regardless of local requirements it is always a wise precaution to carry a spare set of vehicle bulbs and adjust headlamp beams for driving on the right. A spare bulb kit will not prevent a fine if you are travelling with faulty lights, but it may avoid the cost and inconvenience of a garage call out. On some cars it is inadvisable or impossible for anyone other than a qualified technician to change a headlamp bulb or lamp unit e.g. high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and carrying spare bulbs is not an option. However, it is recommended that spare bulbs are carried for any lights which may be easily and/or safely replaced by the owner/driver. Do not forget to ensure that you also carry any tools that might be required to change the various bulbs.
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