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Speed limits in the Netherlands The Netherlands

Last update: March 2017


Speed limits in the Netherlands
There are standard speed limits in the Netherlands (unless otherwise stated by traffic signs).

Speed limits for motorcycles and passenger cars (up to 3t):
in populated areas 50 km/h
outside populated areas 80 km/h
on a speedway 100 km/h
on a highway 130 km/h

Speed limits for passenger cars with trailers and vans:
in populated areas 50 km/h
outside populated areas 80 km/h
on a speedway 90 km/h
on a highway 90 km/h

Speed limits for vehicles with trailers, busses and trucks above 3 t:
in populated areas 50 km/h
outside populated areas 80 km/h
on a speedway 80 km/h
on a highway 80 km/h

The minimum allowed speed of driving on a highway is 60 km/h.In case of offense the fine is € 360.

Since 1 March 2011 on certain motorway sections the maximum speed limit was increased to the 130 km/h, as experiment investigated the impact on the infrastructure, traffic safety and the environment.

Roadway section, where the speed was increased up to 130 km/h:
A7 Wognum - Zurich
A6 Almere Buiten-Oost - Joure
A16 Moerdijk - Breda
A2 Everdingen - Deil
A17 Moerdijk - Bergen op Zoom
A58 Bergen op Zoom - Vlissingen
A32 Steenwijk - Heerenveen
A37 Hoogeveen - Klazienaveen

In addition, since July 1, 2012 the maximum speed on the roads sections in the vicinity of large cities increased from 80 km/h to 100 km/h.

Speed Cameras
In the Netherlands, there are many permanent speed cameras, which take pictures of vehicles that do not observe speed limits.

Also several average velocity measurement system on long distances are placed on the 12 main highways. If the average speed is higher than the maximum allowed, the driver will receive a penalty for the offence.