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Driving Tips in Belgium

Driving in Belgium Tips

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Driving Distances in Belgium


Licence Requirements

A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International Drivers Licence is required for Australian drivers licence holders.


Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.


Rules and Regulations

General driving rules and regulations in Belgium;


Equipment

The following equipment are required to be kept in your vehicle and to be used at appropriate times:


Child Safety Seats

Children under the age of 3 must be seated in the back seats of the car in an appropriate restraint. Children between the ages of 3-12 or with a height up to 1.35m are also required to be seated in a proper restraint.


Speed Limits

Belgium has a high rate of accidents due to speeding. Speed Cameras, traps and unmarked police are used to catch speeding motorists, if caught heavy fines apply on-the spot.

Speed limits are as follows, unless signed:


Drink Driving

The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in Belgium is 0.05g/100ml. Fines will be imposed to drivers over the limit, and possible imprisonment.


Tolls

There are no tolls charged on Belgium's motorways, except for the Antwerp Liefkenshoek Tunnel.


Road Signs

Road Signs in Belgium are very similar to other European countries but with slight variance:


Parking

Blue-Zone parking system is used a lot in many Belgium cities. If parking in a blue-zone, a blue parking card must be displayed which can be purchased at petrol stations, newsagents and police stations. Parking is not allowed within 15 meters of a tram, bus or rail stop or near rail lines; where a yellow line is indicated and busy streets marked with a red triangle.


Visa Information

Visa, Passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting Belgium:


Winter Driving

There are no specific rules or regulations regarding snow tyres, however drivers need to pay due care and attention on the roads in winter and be able to adapt to changing conditions.


All information provided is to be used as a guide only. Distances and time may very according to the route taken. The information shown on this page may have changed since the date of publication. Please refer to the countries local tourist office for up-to-date advice. Last updated: November 2016.