rules, regulations and things to know
on the right and overtake on
Motorway and dual carriageways
120 km/h Open Road, 90 km/h In towns /built up areas 50
km/h (30 near schools, hospitals, churches etc). Radar traps
are frequent. In Belgium on the spot fines can be imposed
by the Police, but if you receive one, make sure you have
an official receipt.See
are small and tall very similar to those in the Netherlands
(above) the UK and Ireland. They will be located on motorways
and at traffic light intersections on dual carriage ways
and other roads. There are not always warning signs so
are no tolls on the Belgian
motorway network, however some tunnels that have motorway
either side have tolls.
Drink and Driving:
Belgium has strict drink driving laws the limit is 0.05.
you are involved in an accident in Belgium and the police
are called, you will probably have to take a breathalyzer
test regardless of the fact that the accident might be your
fault and even if the accident is at 10 am in the morning!
of towns on signs:
Because the country is dual language, unlike countries such
as Ireland and Wales
where everywhere the names of cities towns and villages
are in two languages, In Belgium
if you are in the Flemish speaking area the signs will be
in Dutch and if you are in
the French speaking area they will be in French.
This can be confusing for cities like Mons
that becomes Bergen when you are in
the Flemish speaking part.
names are: Antwerp — Antwerpen — Anvers,
Ghent — Gent — Gand, Liège — Lîdje
— Luik, Leuven — Louvain — Löwen
front and rear are obligatory for all passengers.
Parking: A 'blue zone' parking
system operates in major towns. Discs are available from
police, garages and tobacconists.
Blue Badge is recognised in all European countries
Warning / Emergency Equipment:
It is compulsory to carry a warning
triangle.Reflective vests are also complusory. A
is mandatory in the vehicle (and has been for many years)
however First-aid kit is advised,
but not compulsory.
is illegal to use a hand held mobile phone whilst driving.Don't
risk using one as you can receive a heavy fine in most countries
and more important cause a serious
Lights: Driving on side lights
only is illegal at night.
not park within 50 feet (15m) of a bus, tram or trolleybus
stop or in the immediate vicinity of train and tram lines
crossing the road.
Roundabouts: Traffic entering
roundabouts has priority except where signs say 'cedez le
passage' or 'vous n'avez pas la priorité', where the traffic
on the roundabout has priority. The majority of Belgian
roundabouts are changing to this system as in most European
countries so this means that any vehicles actually on the
roundabout have priority.
of the best kept secrets in Europe, Belgium has a wide raft
of attractions including quaint towns, medieval cities,
gothic cathedrals, castles, idyllic farmlands and cool coastal
resorts. Famous for its chocolates, Belgium also offers
gourmet food and has over 400 beers to choose from.
Both Dutch and French
are spoken in this multicultural country and there is a
small German-speaking minority in the eastern part of the
country. Dutch is spoken by the Flemish in the Flanders
region, known for its flat and coastal landscapes. French
is spoken in Wallonia, the region of farms and forests.
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Touring Wegenhulp, the Belgian roadside assistance organisation
helping a tourist in 1968
FILE Belgium — Belgique- België
is a varied and charming country
to visit with the swift rivers and rocky gorges of the Ardennes,
contrasting with the rolling plains of the rest of the country.
It is a kingdom no bigger than Maryland USA, is Europe in
a nutshell, multicultural and multilingual. Flanders in
the north, a flatland criss-crossed by canals, is proud
of its great art cities, Antwerp, Bruges a city on canals
country is bordered by France,to the west, The Netherlands
to the north east, Luxembourg to the south and to the east,
Germany. To the south in Wallonia, you will find the rolling
hills of the Ardennes, numerous castles, and the cities
of Liege, Namur, and Tournai.
Its capital city of Brussels
— Bruxelles- Brussel is one of the world's great
cosmopolitan cities, home to both the European Union (EU)
and NATO, as well as a wealth of international trade and
finance companies. The famous old square in the centre is
the Grande Place / Grote Markt.
coastline accommodates the car ferry ports of Ostend
and Zeebrugge. Ostend
— Oostende — Ostende is also a lively resort.
— Brugge , famous for its canals and also its Grand-Place.
Tournai with its cathedral.
— Antwerpen — Anvers
is a major port.
located in the Belgian province of Hainaut.
— Gent — Gand is located in Flanders.
— Lîdje — Luik
is located in the province of Liège and it is the capital
of the province. It is situated in the valley of the Meuse
River near Belgium's eastern borders with the Netherlands
Very confusing for foreign visitors trying to follow the
motorway when you move from one part of the country that
speaks French where the sign is "Mons" to the Flemish part
where it becomes "Bergen". Most of the other Belgian towns
and cities have similar names in different languages, so
take care in case you become lost. The city is located in
the province of Hainaut and is the capital of the province.
— Louvain — Löwen
is the capital of the province of Brabant. is the capital
of the Wallonia region in the south of the country.
country is famous worldwide for its beers and the cuisine
is also excellent.
Country is a founder member of the EU — European Union (formerly
the EEC — European Economic Union)
— Euro (€)
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a breathalyzer test regardless of the fact that
it is your fault or not your fault
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