The Netherlands

The Road Rules in The Netherlands are much alike the Belgian road rules.
The most important difference with the UK is of course the driving direction. As we drive on the left, drivers on the main land drive on the RIGHT!
The speed limits are also in kilometers per hour and not miles. 1 km = 0.62 miles hence 50 km/h = 30mi/h
Make sure you know this by heart!

Speed limit 

The following limits apply unless specified otherwise:

 Town   50 km/h
 Open Road
  80/100 km/h
 Dual carriageways
  100/120 km/h

Priority Rules

If not mentioned otherwise, right always has priority, even on a roundabout.


The Dutch road network is free. However, a toll is imposed on two tunnels: the Kiltunnel (Dordrecht) and the Westerdscheldetunnel.



Seat belts are to be worn by all occupants at all times
Only children from 12 years old or 1.5m (4'11 ft) can sit in the front passenger seat.
Safety vests are required!

Alcohol Limit

The maximum permitted blood alcohol level is 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per mililitre of blood. (UK limit is 0.8)

Mobile phones

Telephone use in the car is only allowed if use of a handsfree set.


Other facts

Busses always have priority to other vehicles when they are pulling out.
The Dutch are known to be passionate cyclistes. They do almost everything by bike. The Dutch roads are well equiped with cycling routes. Pay attention to bicycles when you are driving, especially when you come at a crossing!