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Everything you need to know about driving in the Netherlands

Are you planning to go to the Netherlands and visit the country by car? Although it’s known to be a place where bicycles are preferred, the automobile is still the ideal means of transport for travelling long distances in comfort while enjoying the scenery.

Minimum age and official driving documents

As a member of the European Union, your valid national driving licence is sufficient for driving in the Netherlands. The minimum driving age is also 18.

Speed limits

Be sure to look at your speedometer regularly, because the speed limits are slightly different than in the UK. As such, on motorways the speed limit is 120 km/h (75 mph), on dual carriageways it is 100 km/h (60 mph) and on roads outside urban areas it’s 80 km/h (50 mph). Finally, the maximum speed is 50 km/h (30 mph) in cities and towns, similar to the UK.

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)

As in most European countries, the limit on blood alcohol level is 0.5 g/l (50 mg per 100 ml). You should also note that if you have had your licence for less than five years, you are treated as a young driver, and the limit on blood alcohol level is reduced to 0.2 g/l (20 mg per 100 ml).

Parking rules

The Netherlands is very mindful of the environment, public transport, bicycles and pedestrians. Therefore, you should know that it is strictly forbidden to park your car within 12 metres of a bus stop and within 5 metres of a pedestrian crossing.



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