7 tips for driving in the Netherlands

Tips for drivers to avoid fines on Dutch roads

1. Tax for private car

In the Netherlands it is mandatory to pay road tax as soon as you enter the country with your own / private car. Even if you are not driving, but the car is parked in the Netherlands, this tax is mandatory.

The costs for tax are on average € 50 to € 100 per month.

Make sure you register your car / motorcycle immediately upon arrival in the Netherlands. You can do this by filling in the form below.

Note: The document is only available in Dutch, so always ask for help from someone who speaks Dutch.


2.Speed limits in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands driving speed is checked very often. There are many fixed speed cameras on the road, route controls on which your average speed is measured and there is often police along the way that can check the speed. You can recognize the maximum speed on road boards as shown on the right picture.     

PLEASE NOTE: Speed limitations are tracked strictly!

The fines are very high In the Netherlands !!!


Tip: There is a free application for mobile phones, and you can use it to see the speed limitations while driving.

Download Flitsmeister application and put it on as soon as you start driving your car.




3.Paid parking

In the Netherlands you have to pay for parking in almost all cities and towns.

This means that you can only leave your car in that parking space if you also have paid for it. You will recognize a zone where paid  parking is required by the following traffic board.

At most places you can pay via parking payment machine.

However, we advise all drivers to download also an application on your smartphone, with which you can pay your parking costs anywhere in the Netherlands.



PLEASE NOTE: If you park in a "P zone”  but do not pay, you risk  to get a fine of € 90 or more!


4.Parking with a “Blue card”

In some regions in the Netherlands, you must use a blue card while parking. In such areas you can often park only for few hours. That is why it is very necessary to indicate with the “blue card” at what time you started parking.

You recognize a zone where a “blue card” is required by a blue line around the parking or by the road board shown as an example.        

You can buy a blue card at any gas station in the Netherlands. This card costs approximately € 2. We advise to keep this card in your dashboard compartment.

While parking place the card under your window in the car, with the correct  start time, so that parking controllers can see it properly.


5. Smartphones while driving

It is forbidden in the Netherlands to use a smartphone while driving. As a driver of a bicycle, scooter, motorcycle or car, you risk to pay a high fine if you are caught using a smartphone while driving.  

The fines:                                         

€ 95 for cyclists

€ 160 for scooters

€ 240 for motorbikes and cars


6. Traffic lights

In the Netherlands there are often cameras placed at the traffic lights.

Green = Continue

Orange = Stop unless you can no longer brake on time

Red = Stop!

Often there are speed cameras next to traffic lights that flash when someone drives through red. There is also strict control by the police for red lights.

PLEASE NOTE : These speed cameras also check your speed. Never drive faster than 50 kilometers per hour through a traffic light, unless a different maximum speed is allowed.


7. Tips for reducing traffic fines

NL Jobs has another document available with tips for reducing traffic fines.

You can find this document at:


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