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BELGIUM

Belgian Flag       BELGIUM – drives on the right
Please read the general notes in conjunction with those below.

Essential Safety Equipment

  • Warning Triangle
  • Headlamp converters
  • GB plate (see note 1)

Recommended Safety Equipment (by Belgium and/or EUroadlegal.co.uk)

  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Spare bulbs (see note 2)
  • Reflective Vest
  • Torch

Seatbelt Requirements
The wearing of front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted.

Children Passengers
There is a front seat minimum of 12 yrs unless using a suitable child restraint.

Drink Driving Limits
50mg/100ml (UK 80mg/100ml). Drunk drivers will be breathalysed. A blood sample will be taken from those who refuse to be breathalysed. Fines are heavy depending on the degree of intoxication and range from € 1,100 / £ 730 to € 11,000 / £ 7,300. In certain cases driving licences will be confiscated immediately.

Minimum Driving Age
The minimum driving age using a full UK licence is 18

Speed Limits

 

Urban kph (mph)

Open Road kph (mph)

Motorway kph (mph)

Car

50 (31)

90 (56)

120 (75)

Towing

50 (31)

90 (56)

120 (75)

Speed limits are implemented rigorously. Radar traps are frequent and heavy on-the-spot fines can be levied.

Lights
Dipped headlights must be used in poor daytime visibility. Motorcycles must use dipped headlights during the day at all times.

Fuel
All grades of unleaded petrol, diesel and LPG are available as well as lead substitute additive. Leaded is getting hard to find. It is allowed to carry petrol in a can. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted, although they probably won't work at automatic pumps, which are often the only pumps open out-of-hours.  Filling stations are often closed on Sundays.

Tolls
Belgian motorways are toll-free.

Parking
Blue zone parking controls operate in most towns. Check for signs indicating that cars should park either fully or partly on the pavement. It is illegal to leave a dog unattended in a parked car.

Fines
On-the-spot fines are issued. Ensure an official receipt is issued by the officer collecting the fine. As a foreign motorist you could refuse to pay the fine, but if you do you must offer a surety or run the risk of having your vehicle impounded.

On 1 March 2004, the Belgian Government introduced a new law to improve road safety. Speed traps, cameras and unmarked vehicles are operational throughout the country. Fines have increased dramatically (eg up to €2,750/£1,830 for exceeding the speed limit by 40 kph). Visitors to Belgium will have to pay on-the-spot. Vehicles may be impounded if they are unable to pay.

Mobile Phones
It is illegal to use a phone without a hands-free kit while driving in Belgium. A hand-held phone can be used in a stationary vehicle but not where the vehicle is stationary at traffic lights or in a traffic jam.

Emergency Numbers
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.

Local Numbers:
Ambulance – 100
Fire – 100
Police -101

Other Useful Information
Drivers should be aware of the ‘priority to the right’ rule: drivers must stop for traffic joining from the right, except on motorways, roundabouts, and roads sign-posted with an orange diamond within a white background.

Trams have priority over other traffic. If a tram or bus stops in the middle of the road to allow passengers off or on, you must stop.

Useful Words and Phrases
Two languages are spoken in Belgium, Flemish and French. This can prove confusing for visiting drivers because road signs in the north of the country are in Flemish while those in the south are in French.

French Terms

Unleaded petrol

essence sans plomb

Diesel

gazoil

Motor Oil

huile de motor

Petrol Station

station d'essence

Car Hire

bureau de location de voitures

Toll

péage

Toll road

autoroute a péage

Parking

parking

Motorway

autoroute

Exit

sortie

Entrance

entree

Diversion

detour

Hospital

hopital

Police

police

Police station

gendarmerie

Embassy

ambassade

Flemish Terms

Unleaded Petrol

loodvrij benzine

Diesel

diesel

Motor Oil

motor olie

Petrol Station

benzinestation

Car Hire

auto verhuur

Toll

tolgeld

Parking

parkeerplaats

Highway

verkeersweg

Motorway

autosnelweg

Exit

uitrit

Entrance

toegang

Diversion

omleiding

Hospital

ziekenhuis

Police

politie

Police Station

politiebureau

Embassy

ambassade

 

Embassy Details
Address:
British Embassy
Rue d'Arlon
85 Aarlenstraat
1040 Brussels 

Telephone:
(32) (2) 287 6211

Email:
public.brussels@fco.gov.uk
consularsection.Brussels@fco.gov.uk

Website:
https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-brussels

Note 1: UK registered vehicles displaying Euro-plates (circle of 12 stars above the national identifier on blue background) no longer need a GB sticker when driving in European Union countries.  Countries outside the EU still require national identification.

Note 2: Regardless of local requirements it is always a wise precaution to carry a spare set of vehicle bulbs and adjust headlamp beams for driving on the right. A spare bulb kit will not prevent a fine if you are travelling with faulty lights, but it may avoid the cost and inconvenience of a garage call out. On some cars it is inadvisable or impossible for anyone other than a qualified technician to change a headlamp bulb or lamp unit e.g. high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and carrying spare bulbs is not an option. However, it is recommended that spare bulbs are carried for any lights which may be easily and/or safely replaced by the owner/driver. Do not forget to ensure that you also carry any tools that might be required to change the various bulbs.

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