The government establishes legislation to ensure road safety both inside and outside the vehicle. This includes laws about child seats, vehicle lighting, and the use of seat belts, among other things.
Rules for safe driving
- Alcohol or drugs in traffic
It is illegal to drive when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A fine, a mandatory course, or surrendering one’s driver’s license can be imposed as punishment. The government intends to use these fines to discourage drunk driving.
- Road signs and traffic rules
The manual Road signs and traffic rules discusses traffic signs and traffic rules. Please contact the road authority if you have any concerns or comments about road signs on public roads.
During the general periodic inspection (MOT) , the car is tested for safety and environmental requirements.
Crash tests of cars
The European Union has a scheme that performs crash checks to assess automotive safety. The Euro NCAP is the European Union’s vehicle safety assessment program. The initiative helps manufactures to make their vehicles cleaner. Car crash prevention has been improved.
The Dutch national government is one of the seven European governments that formed Euro NCAP in 1997. Via their umbrella European organizations, the ANWB and the Consumentenbond are active in the Netherlands. This extensive cooperation allows for the testing of a wide range of vehicles. In addition, the crash tests’ accuracy must be improved.
Distraction in traffic
Keeping an electronic gadget for contact and/or information retrieval in the car is also banned as of July 1, 2019. For example, a phone, navigation device, tablet, or music player. You may be fined €240 for this. This only applies if you really drive. This is permissible if you are standing still.
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Online scan for elderly driver
Older drivers can test their driving ability online. A self-test allows the elderly driver to assess their own driving skill as well as the driving performance offered. The aim of this online self-scan is to keep the elderly as mobile as possible.
Older driver self-test
Commissioned by the Regional Road Safety Authority East Netherlands and the Water, Traffic and Living Environment (WVL) department of Rijkswaterstaat, Cito has worked on the development of a web-based self-test for older motorists. In the self-test, an individual older driver goes through a number of partial tests, on the basis of which a picture is obtained of his own driving ability, the driving performance delivered and the underlying factors.
Keep driving safely – the self-scan and the local process
At the initiative of ROV East Netherlands, in collaboration with Infrastructure and Water Management, a scan has been developed about elderly people in traffic in the municipality of Raalte. By raising awareness of the consequences of aging for driving, the initiators want to contribute to road safety.