Car Travels

Car Travels

Belgium has a dense network of highways, bringing you almost anywhere in the country in less then a 4 hours. Road signs are written in Dutch in the Flemish part and in French in the Walloon part of Belgium.

Speed Limits

The general speed limits are as follows:

  • 50 km/h (31 mph) within built-up areas;
  • 90 km/h (56 mph) outside built-up areas;
  • 120 km/h (75 mph) on roads with at least two two-lane roadways separated by a median, and on freeways.

The limits shown above apply only if there are no other signs present, as the signs may prescribe a lower or a higher speed limit. The speed limit outside built-up areas is in many places, especially in the Flemish Region, restricted to 70 km/h (43 mph). Around almost all schools, 30 km/h (19 mph) zones are found.

Drivers Licence and Insurance

For driving a motorized vehicle in Belgium you’ll need one of the following drivers licences: Belgian Drivers Licence, European Drivers Licence, International Drivers Licence. If you don’t have a european drivers licence, it’s advised to check with your embassy if your drivers licence is valid.

Car insurance is Compulsory. Most western-european car insurances include Belgium, but it’s always best to inform with your insurance company before you depart.

Apart from a valid drivers licence and an insurance certificate, you’ll need to carry the vehicle registration documents as well with you. And of course a valid passport.

Low Emission Zone

LEZ Traffic Signs

In order to improve air quality, several Belgian cities have introduced Low Emission Zones (LEZ). It’s mandatory for every foreign vehicle to register, before entering a low emission zone. Always check in advance if your vehicle is allowed in advance in order to avoid a fine!

The regulations and requirements for the accepted vehicles varies in each city with a LEZ. Brussels and Antwerp have a permanent Low Emission Zone. Ghent will be following at 01/01/2020. Mechelen and Willebroek will follow on 10/01/2021.

Low Emission Zone Brussels:

The entire Brussels area has become a permanent Low Emission Zone. More information and vehicle registration on the link below: https://lez.brussels/en

Low Emission Zone Ghent:

The entire inner city of Ghent will become a Low Emission Zone on 01/01/2020. More information and vehicle registration on the link below: https://stad.gent/ghent-international/mobility-ghent/low-emission-zone-ghent-2020

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