Re: Riding in Holland


Driving in Netherlands
If you’re driving in the Netherlands your checklist requirements are:
• A valid UK driving licence – both the photo and paper parts
• A GB sticker on the back of your car – unless your car has ‘Euro-plates’ (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background)
• Your motor insurance certificate and V5 registration document or hire car paperwork
• A warning triangle – if you break down, put it 30m away from your car
• Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you’re driving on the right, so your lights don’t dazzle motorists coming the other way)
You must also:
• Be 18 or over
• Wear a crash helmet if you’re riding a motorcycle
It’s a good idea to have:
• Spare bulbs for your car’s external lights
• A first aid kit
• A Green Card – it’s a useful back-up to your motor insurance documents and shows you’ve got the minimum legal level of cover. If you’d like to find out more, contact your insurance company
Other things you should know:
• You don’t have to pay motorway tolls when driving through the Netherlands
• Petrol, diesel and LPG are readily available, along with Super (98 Octane) which contains a lead replacement additive
• Speed limits vary across the Netherlands, so check the signposts for maximum speeds
• If you’re caught committing a motoring offence you’ll be given an on-the-spot fine
• It’s illegal to carry or use any radar detection equipment
• The drink driving limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood for most drivers (less than the UK limit of 80mg per 100ml). If you’ve been driving less than five years, the limit is 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood – it’s the same for moped riders up to the age of 24
• Trams have priority
• Be careful using roundabouts – on some, you have right of way when you’re on the roundabout, on others, you have right of way coming onto it
• Cycles and mopeds have right of way over cars. Watch out for cycle lanes – mopeds aren’t supposed to use them but often do
• If you’re in a built-up area, you can only use your horn in cases of extreme danger. Flash your lights instead at night
• At junctions, you have right of way where there’s a yellow and white diamond-shaped sign – and you have to give way where there’s a row of white triangular signs on the road
• Don’t cross a solid white line, even if you’re turning off a road

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