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Driving in the Netherlands

Information acquired on 11/06/2009

Compulsory documents

Pink EU driving licence.

International driving license (recommended only).

Car registration or rental papers.

Country initials sticker.

International Motor Insurance Card.

Passport (recommended only).

Owner's permission required if using a vehicle belonging to a third party.

Motorists are advised to contact the Motoring Association for information on local regulations.


Maximum alcohol level : 0.05 %. This is to be considered dangerous : don't drink and drive.

Minimum age for front seat passengers : 12 years.

Child seat, booster seat or fitted restraint system, compulsory up to 1,35m.

Minimum driving age : 18 years.

Safety belt: compulsory front and back.

Motorcyclists: helmet compulsory for driver and passenger.

Studded tires prohibited


Warning triangle compulsory.

First-aid kit recommended.

Fire extinguisher recommended.

Fluorescent safety jacket recommended.

Speed limits (Light vehicles)

In built-up areas : 50 kph.

On roads : 80 kph.

On dual carriageways : 100 kph.

On motorways : 120 kph.

These speed limits are lower in wet weather.

Auto clubs

Koninklijke Nederlandse Toeristenbond (ANWB)

Wassenaarseweg 220

2509 BA - DEN HAAG


Koninklijke Nederlandse Automobiel Club (KNAC)

Postbus 93114

2509 AC - DEN HAAG


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