Driving on the right hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors to Belgium as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the left hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.
The availability of car rental is very good throughout Belgium and there is usually no problem in arranging for a hire car to be left at a different location from where it was originally rented.
The speed limits in Belgium are:
On Motorways the limit is 120 kilometres per hour. This equates to about 74 miles per hour. On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 90 kilometres per hour. That's 55 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour.
The minimum age for driving is 18 years.
Drivers face severe penalties if found driving with more than 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This is lower than the limit in Britain which is 80mg per 100ml.
The wearing of seat belts is compulsory. Children under 12 are forbidden to travel in the front seat without a child restraint.
A warning triangle must be carried in all vehicles and used as necessary.
Trams always have priority. The use of cruise control is illegal.
Tolls are not charged on motorways.
These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Belgium. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves
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