THE FOLLOWING ARE MANDATORY WHEN DRIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS AND MUST BE CARRIED IN THE VEHICLE AT ALL
* VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT
* LETTER OF AUTHORITY TO DRIVE, IF YOU ARE NOT THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE
* CURRENT M.O.T. CERTIFICATE
* CURRENT CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE (MULTI-LINGUAL ON REVERSE)
* PHOTOCARD DRIVING LICENCE OR INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT, IF YOUR LICENCE DOES NOT HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH, A PASSPORT IS NEEDED TO VALIDATE THE LICENCE
* SPARE BULB KIT
* WARNING TRIANGLE
* FIRST AID KIT
* INTERNATIONAL ACCIDENT DECLARATION FORM
* FIRE EXTINGUISHER
Children in cars:
Children under 3 cannot travel as front-seat passenger unless they use a proper child restraint system. Children under 3 in the rear must use a proper child restraint if one is available. Children over 3 and under 12 years old must use appropriate restraints front and rear.
Dipped headlights must be used in poor daytime visibility.
Drinking and Driving:
Don't do it. Anything over 0.05 per cent and you could face anything up to imprisonment.
Speed limits & Fines:
Beware speed limits are enforced by Speed Cameras and on-the-spot fines are levied.
Motorways = 110 - 120km/h
Rural Roads = 80 - 100 km/h
Towns = 50 km/h.
Minimum speed on motorways 60km/h.
On the spot fines are issued for the infringement of all traffic regulations. Ensure the officer collecting the fine issues an official receipt.
These are now compulsory throughout the EU if you need to walk on a motorway. You don't have to carry one, but if you breakdown on the motorway you will be breaking the law if you walk to an emergency phone without one. A suitable high visibility vest should be purchased and conform to BS EN471: 1994 Class 2.
• Trams have right of way.
• Cyclists on cycle paths have right of way.
• If you have to pass through the Netherlands, try to do so at night. That way you avoid the heavy traffic (and potential to miss exits, despite the excellent signage), and can enjoy the country's excellent road surfaces, motorway system and signage to the full. Dutch drivers are also generally well mannered.
• It should be noted that all people over the age of 14 MUST be able to show a valid identity document to police and other law enforcement authorities upon request; this has arisen since a change in legislation.