Index of road safety measures

The Index of road safety measures explained

Time
Actor
Key word
Mode of transport
Subject
Type of Measure

Date Mode of transport Description

11-1-2017 

( Car)
 
Accompanied driving, called 2toDrive, has been included in Dutch law. 17-year-olds are allowed to drive under supervision of a coach.

1-1-2017 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Moped)
 
Speed pedelecs are now categorized as mopeds; the blue licence plate for light moped must be replaced by a yellow moped licence plate

1-1-2016 

( Light moped/ Moped/ Motorbicycle/ Mobility scooter)
 
All newly registered vehicles in the L-category (two- and three-wheel vehicles) must be equipped with Automatic Headlights On (AHO).

1-7-2015 
  Introduction of the tractor driving licence (category T) for driving on public roads with farming and foresting equipment and vehicles with limited speeds.

28-4-2015 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
EU-directive: per 31 March 2018 all new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles must be equipped with an eCall-systeem.

1-4-2015 

( Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Motorbicycle/ Mobility scooter)
 
Adaptation of the 'Requirements fitness to drive 2000'. A neurologist report is no longer necessary to pass the medical test for renewal of the driving license. This applies for drivers with epilepsy, and for drivers who have had a stroke or have recovered from a stroke.

11-3-2015 

( Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
EU-directive: Implementation of a new guideline facilitating cross-border exchange of information on road-safety-related traffic offences.

3-3-2015 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Bus)
 
The alcohol interlock programme is discontinued due to a decision made by the Supreme Court.

1-1-2015 

( Light moped/ Moped)
 
The police can now confiscate the registration certificate when a moped or scooter has been tuned up.

1-1-2015 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Start of the campaign 'Tour de Force'. More attention, priority and funding for cycling policy.

1-1-2015 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle/ Mobility scooter)
 
Start of 'More Safety 3', a set of measures aimed at reduction of the number of road deaths and serious injuries on the main roads in the Netherlands by focusing on high risk locations.

1-1-2015 
  Introduction of the new rules for recidivism 'Repeat offenders in traffic' Potentially hindering and dangerous offences are now subject to criminal law.

1-1-2015 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
National public information campaigns focusing on three themes: Alcohol/designated driver, speed on 30-and 50km/h-roads and distraction by phone, smartphone or navigation devices.

1-1-2015 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Start project 'Wever'. The main aim is to develop a bench rule to measure the effect of educational traffic products.

1-1-2015 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle/ Mobility scooter)
 
23 traffic violations have been transferred from administrative law to criminal law.

1-2-2014 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus)
 
The seatbelt reminder is mandatory for the driver seat in all new cars, including already approved vehicle types.

1-11-2013 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Start of the local approach to safe cycling. The 'Model Approach to Safe Cycling' provides handles to structurally embed cycling safety in municipal policy.

27-10-2013 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Kick-off of the campaign 'I want to see you'. Social media, adverts on websites that are popular among youngsters, street actions and outdoor advertising are used to motivate youths to use bicyle lights.

9-7-2013 

( Car)
 
EU Regulation: Uniform provisions concerning the approval of enhanced Child Restraint Systems used on board of motor vehicles(i-Size).

1-1-2013 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Introduction of the RAI quality label bicycle lighting.

8-10-2012 
  Publication of 'basic features road design' these contain design elements that always must be included in road design.

1-9-2012 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
The maximum speed on Dutch motorways highway is raised from 120 to 130 km/h.

1-7-2012 

( Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle/ Mobility scooter)
 
The maximum speed in 'woonerf' residential areas is set at 15 km/h and replaces the term 'walking pace'.

1-1-2012 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle/ Mobility scooter)
 
Monetary increase of fines, specifically those for serious traffic offences.

1-1-2012 

( Car)
 
Mandatory electronic stability control for all new cars built in the EU.

23-12-2011 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Kick-off of the campagne 'More Safety 2' This program includes physical measures to improve safety on highways and provincial roads.

1-12-2011 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
The alcohol interlock programme (ASP) is introduced in the Netherlands

1-11-2011 

( Car)
 
A trial of accompanied driving called '2toDrive' begins in the Netherlands. 17-year-olds are allowed to drive under supervision of a coach.

1-6-2011 

( Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle/ Mobility scooter)
 
The demerit points system is introduced for both inexperienced and experienced drivers.

7-2-2011 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
All new passenger cars and light delivery vehicles in Europe must be fitted with DRL (Daytime Running Lights).

1-1-2011 

( Light moped)
 
Special types of motorvehicles (e.g. Segway) must be fitted with an insurance plate instead of a licence plate and must follow the same traffic rules as light mopeds.

1-1-2011 

( Lorry)
 
The minimum tyre tread depth of lorry tyres is 1.6 millimetres

1-1-2011 

( Lorry)
 
All lorries within the European Union must have a blind spot mirror

20-7-2010 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
People who've suffered a TIA (transcient ischemic attack) or a stroke that was not caused by a haemorrhage are allowed to drive again after two weeks (for motorcyclists and car drivers) or four weeks (for lorry drivers or busdrivers)

1-7-2010 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Indicators fitted on a bicycle are allowed

1-7-2010 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle/ Mobility scooter)
 
Traffic is not allowed to cut through a funeral procession at intersections without any designated priorities

1-7-2010 

( Moped)
 
Wearing a helmet is not compulsory for drivers of a motorized carrier tricycle of which the front wheels have a diameter more than 40 cm

1-7-2010 

( Car/ Bus)
 
The use of full-flat reclining seats in buses, taxis and passenger cars is allowed, provided that these seats conform to certain standards

1-7-2010 

( Bus)
 
Regular service buses, trams and other vehicles that are allowed to use a bus lane or bus track are allowed to drive across painted traffic islands which occupy the bus lane or bus track

1-7-2010 

( Lorry/ Bus)
 
Introduction of two new traffic signs: 'no entry for buses' and 'no entry for lorries and buses'

12-4-2010 

( Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Start of the campaign 'Obey the speed limit'

1-3-2010 

( Light moped/ Moped)
 
Practical exam for (light) moped riders

1-2-2010 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
New traffic weather alarm from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

1-1-2010 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
The Netherlands uses European safety levels for Dutch tunnels

21-12-2009 

( Car)
 
Car drivers with early dementia canunder certain conditions keep their drivers license

1-10-2009 

( Moped)
 
Moped certificate not valid anymore (replaced by new category of driving licence)

1-9-2009 

( Lorry)
 
Code of professionality on the driving license for lorry drivers, instead of a lorry certificate (European guideline)

30-8-2009 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Lorry)
 
Educational campaign to prevent blind spot crashes

1-5-2009 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
Speed limit of 90 km/h on trunk roads and motorways for cars and delivery vans with a light trailer or caravan

1-5-2009 

( Light moped)
 
Holding a mobile phone is prohibited for light-moped riders

1-5-2009 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Drivers who change lanes from the main road to the exit lane, are not allowed to return to the main road after the point where arrows on the exit lane mark the driving direction

1-5-2009 

( Mobility scooter)
 
Riders and passengers of 40 km/h vehicles without seatbelts must carry a helmet

27-4-2009 

( Car)
 
It is allowed to drive a car using of a monoculair bioptic telescope system (for people with reduced vision)

1-4-2009 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle/ Mobility scooter)
 
The Ministry of Transport and the Royal Dutch Tourist Club ANWB set up a complaints desk for erroneous traffic signs

1-3-2009 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
Adjustment to the new driving test: abolition of coordination points

1-3-2009 

( Lorry)
 
Obligatory posttest for lorry drivers

18-2-2009 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
Start of the campaign De Nieuwe Band (The New Tyre), to promote the new type of car tyre

1-2-2009 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Provided no other offences have been committed, drivers under the influence of alcohol can be penalized by the Public Prosecution Service (with a fine or with a suspension of the driving licence) instead of receiving a transaction from the police.

22-1-2009 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
Campaign about escaping from submerged cars: 'Car under water? Get out through the front window! (translated from Dutch)

15-12-2008 

( Car)
 
Continuation of the Bob (no drink-driving) campaign: Bob remains Bob until he's home (translation from Dutch)

1-11-2008 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Detached bicycle lightning permitteded if it's clearly visible and doesn't move (much)

15-10-2008 
  Segways must have a registration number to use public roads

1-10-2008 

( Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of the Education Measure dangerous Behaviour (EMG): aggressive of motor vehicle drivers must follow a special course

1-10-2008 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Motorbicycle)
 
Light Educational Measure Alcohol (LEMA) for drivers that slightly exceed the maximum allowed amount of alcohol

10-9-2008 

( Bus)
 
Obligatory posttest for bus drivers

1-9-2008 

( Bus)
 
Competence code on the driving license for bus drivers, instead of a paper certificate (European guideline)

1-7-2008 
  Segway allowed on the streets (the same rules apply as for light mopeds)

18-6-2008 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Start of a campaign to prevent falling asleep behind the wheel

26-5-2008 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of the new design of the blue route signs above the road, with the white arrows now pointing upwards instead of down

24-5-2008 

( Car)
 
Bullbar (construction of tubes on the front of a car) only allowed with a hallmark

1-4-2008 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Raise of the rates for traffic fines with twenty percent

1-4-2008 

( Moped)
 
Speed limit of 45 km/h on the carriageway for mopeds and motorized vehicles for disabled people

1-4-2008 
  Skaters allowed on the the bicycle path, and in the absence of a bicycle pathe they are allowed to use the carriageway

1-4-2008 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus)
 
Front dipped headlights are not compulsory in foggy weather when fog lamps are used

1-4-2008 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
Improvised seats in cars prohibited

1-4-2008 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle/ Mobility scooter)
 
Temporary traffic signs have priority over other traffic signs

1-4-2008 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Electronic road signs (matrix signs) have the same importance as 'normal signs'. When the speed limits on the signs are different, the one with the lowest speed limit applies

1-1-2008 

( Car)
 
Lower MOT frequency for cars

1-1-2008 

( Car)
 
Introduction of the renewed Dutch driving test; important additions are hazard perception, traffic understanding, and independent driving

23-4-2007 
  First World safety week (initiative of the United Nations) (till 27-04-2007)

11-4-2007 

( Lorry)
 
New regulation for driving times and rest periods for heavy vehicles (European directive)

26-1-2007 

( Lorry)
 
New EU rules for mirrors on new lorries

1-1-2007 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
Stricter rules for building in xenon headlights in new cars

1-1-2007 

( Light moped/ Moped)
 
All (light) mopeds are required to have a registration number

18-12-2006 

( Car)
 
New Bob (no drink-driving) campaign: You're great Bob! (translated from Dutch)

18-10-2006 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
Start of information campaign about what to do if your car is submerged in water

2-10-2006 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Lorry)
 
Campaign about the blind spot: 'Stay away from the blind spot' (translated from Dutch)

1-10-2006 

( Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
New driving licence of credit card size and with a new category (AM) for mopeds

4-9-2006 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
Campaign: 'Drive with your heart' (translated from Dutch)

7-7-2006 

( Lorry)
 
Introduction of an approximately 48 h. working week for heavy goods vehicle drivers (European directive)

1-3-2006 

( Car)
 
Compulsory child seat use for children shorter than 1.35m. Compulsory use of seatbelts for children taller than 1.35m

21-2-2006 

( Car)
 
Start of the European Commission campaign "The intelligent car" to prompt consumers to buy cars with more intelligent, safer and cleaner technologies

15-2-2006 

( Moped)
 
Temporary regulation for licencing of traditional mopeds

1-1-2006 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
New rates traffic fines

1-1-2006 

( Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Alcohol limit of 0,2 BAC for novice drivers during their first five years of drivers licence ownership

1-12-2005 

( Light moped/ Moped/ Car)
 
Intensive BOB-campaign by Team Alert

1-11-2005 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of a speed limit of 80 km/h on four stretches of motorway in the Western part of the Netherlands (to improve air quality)

6-9-2005 

( Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Motorbicycle)
 
Start of the Dutch campaign 'I love traffic rules' (2005-2006)

1-9-2005 

( Light moped/ Moped)
 
Registration number introduced for new mopeds and light mopeds

1-8-2005 

( Delivery van)
 
New tax for cars and motor vehicles: BPM. Must also be paid for delivery vans

1-5-2005 

( Bus)
 
New category bus, the T100-bus, with a maximum speed limit of 100 km/h

1-1-2005 

( Lorry)
 
Obligatory speed limiter for new lorries between 3500 kg and 12000 kg

1-1-2005 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of Section Control (speed measurement over longer distances)

13-12-2004 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Motorbicycle)
 
Opening of the first rush hour lane and start of the campaign 'the rush hour lane, get more from the road'

1-10-2004 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Publication of CROW Guideline Essential Recognizability Characteristics of Road Infrastructure

9-6-2004 

( Car)
 
Start of the campaign 'The New Driving Force'

2004 

( Delivery van/ Lorry)
 
Introduction of Safetyscan; aimed at simple guidelines how to lower the chance of damage and crashes in vehicle fleets

2004 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Publication of CROW Manual Safe design of roadsides - Rural non-motorways

30-9-2003 

( Motorbicycle)
 
Clothing requirements for motorcyclists during their driving test (footwear, gloves and clothing)

2003 

( Car)
 
Use of driving simulator in driver training

2003 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Motorbicycle)
 
Emergency Law on road widening (in aid of faster construction of rush hour lanes)

2003 

( Moped)
 
Campaign for the use of the moped crash helmet

2003 

( Lorry)
 
Improved field of vision for alll commercial vehicles heavier than 3500 kg (because of the blind spot)

2003 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Campaigns to prevent dangerous overtaking

2003 
  The 'Leitmotiv' campaign; Long-range plan for road safety campaigns

1-9-2002 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus)
 
Own registration number for trailers and semi-trailers heavier than 750 kg incl. max. permitted freight

30-8-2002 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Start of campaigns 'Keep a 2 second distance' (till 2006)

30-3-2002 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus)
 
Law against holding a mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle, moped or invalid vehicle

30-3-2002 

( Light moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Provisional demerit point driving licence for novice drivers. Novice drivers who commit three serious offences within five years of passing the driving test, are registered and have to take a special driving test

5-3-2002 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus)
 
Campaign for handsfree use of mobile phones after ban on handheld telephone use while driving (ended in 2002)

1-1-2002 

( Car/ Delivery van)
 
Small delivery vans with commercial licencing no longer need to have a blinded right rear window ( law since 1993)

1-1-2002 

( Lorry)
 
extension of law on overtaking by lorries

1-12-2001 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Alcohol campaigns in combination with structural, intensive police surveillance

1-10-2001 

( Lorry)
 
RAI enters a commitment to ensure all Dutch manufacturers and importers install a dobli (blind spot) mirror on all new lorries heavier than 3500 kg

1-9-2001 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle/ Mobility scooter)
 
Proposals of the European Commission for mobility policies within EU-countries in the white paper: 'European transport policy for 2010'

1-5-2001 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Right of way for all traffic coming from the right

2001 

( Lorry)
 
Campaign safe loading of lorries

2001 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
First annual 'Playing in the street' day (still running)

1-9-2000 

( Lorry)
 
Covenant Blind Angle Action Plan: intentes to fit as many lorries as possible with view improving systems on a voluntary basis

1-2-2000 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
New number plates with unique codes for all newly registered motor vehicles

2000 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Annual campaigns 'the children are going to school again' (still running)

2000 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van)
 
Campaigns for the use of protection devices like seatbelts, child restraint seats, moped helmets and bicycle helmets for children

15-12-1999 

( Moped)
 
Mopedists have to use the carriageway instead of the bicycle path on roads with speed limits less then 70 km/h.

15-11-1999 

( Light moped/ Moped)
 
Start of campaign 'Mopeds visibly safer'

5-10-1999 

( Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Dutch Supreme Court rules that driving slowly (crawlling) is no faster than 15 km/h

26-8-1999 

( Car/ Lorry/ Bus)
 
Sart of campaign "Phoning handsfree is safer"

1999 

( Moped/ Motorbicycle)
 
Traffic Rules and Signs Regulations : the crash helmet used on motorized two-wheelers must fit well, and be properly attached to the head by means of a lock or clasp

1999 
  Introduction of regional (police) teams for traffic enforcement

1999 

( Light moped/ Moped)
 
EU-regulation 97/24/EEG; ban on tuning up mopeds

3-11-1998 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Start of the campaign 'Be noticed, cycle well-lit" (still used)

1-1-1998 

( Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus)
 
Seatbelts must be present in new commercial vehicles

9-7-1997 

( Lorry)
 
Overtaking by lorries prohibited on 15% of all trunk roads

9-6-1997 
  EU increases height of headrest from 75cm to 80 cm (use of headrest is not obligatory)

1-1-1997 

( Car)
 
Introduction of European Euro-NCAP programme. The European New Car Assessment Programme tests new cars for safety with funding from national governments and the EU

1997 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Lifting of the obligation to secure Part III of vehicle registration certificate on the front car window

1997 

( Lorry)
 
Overtaking prohibition for lorries on a number of motorways on working days

1997 

( Moped)
 
Change in Traffic Code with regard to moped with 3 or 4 wheels and car body: minimum speed on trunk roads is raised to 50 km/h to keep such vehicles away

1997 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Motorbicycle)
 
Start-up Programme Sustainable Safety

1-6-1996 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Alcohol: introduction of measures to determine driving ability with e.g. EMA (Educational Measure Alcohol)

1-6-1996 
  Moped and sloped certificate, obligatory theory exam

1-6-1996 

( Car)
 
Campaign 'Prevent neck injury'; advice on proper use of head support

1-1-1996 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Lorry)
 
Start of project 'on the road safely'; which teaches children to be comfortable with lorries (still running)

1996 

( Lorry/ Bus)
 
Speed limiters: lorries >12 ton, busses >10 ton for all those registered on or after 1.1.1988

1-1-1995 

( Lorry)
 
Side-underrun-protection for new lorries

1995 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Adaptation and extension of the Law on Driving Education Motor Vehicles

1-11-1994 

( Lorry/ Bus)
 
Speed limiter in new vehicles: in lorries over 12 ton, in busses over 10 ton

1-11-1994 

( Car)
 
Third brake light on new cars

1-1-1994 
  Limitation in the use of the Free Public Transport Pass; choice between Mon.-Fri. or Weekend

1994 

( Light moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of new Vehicle Regulation

1-4-1993 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Review of Law on Motor Vehicle Driver Training

1-11-1992 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Heavier fines for drink-driving

1-4-1992 

( Car)
 
Obligatory use of seatbelts on rear seats (if present)

1992 

( Lorry/ Bus)
 
Obligatory use of seatbelts in busses and lorries (if present)

1-10-1991 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Extension of the tit-for-tat policy (fast punishment for offences)

1991 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Review of the Traffic Code and the Administrative Regulations for Road Traffic

1-9-1990 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of the Free Public Transport Pass for students of 17 and older who are entitled to a study grant. An unintended side effect was the decrease in road use by the young

1-1-1990 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
The Act on Administrative Enforcement of Traffic Offences; the 'Mulder Act'

1990 

( Car)
 
Obligatory fitting of rear seatbelts in new cars

1-5-1988 
  Introduction of special public transport for visitors of drinking locations

1988 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of tit-for-tat policy for minor offenders; they are fined immediately

1988 

( Car/ Motorbicycle)
 
Speed limit for cars on motorways raised from 100 km/h to 120 km/h

1-10-1987 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Setting of a quantitative road safety target

1-1-1987 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Obligatory side reflection on bicycle wheels

1-1-1987 
  Yearly mandatory vehicle inspection for cars of 3 years old and older

1-1-1987 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Result of alcohol breath test may be used for evidential purposes

1-7-1986 

( Car)
 
Minimum age for theory driving exam lowered from 18 to 17.5 years (in 1996 it went up again to 18 years)

1-7-1986 

( Car)
 
Validity of driving licence increased from 5 to 10 years. For those 70 years old or older, it is valid for 5 years and there is an obligatory medical test

1-9-1985 

( Motorbicycle)
 
Motorcycle driving licence extended and intensified, practice licence ceases to exist

15-7-1985 

( Car)
 
Periodic Vehicle Inspection for all cars of 10 years old and older

1985 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Gradual change from selective to random police alcohol controls

1985 

( Light moped/ Moped)
 
Moped equipment demands eased; pedals no longer obligatory and small wheel size permitted

1-1-1984 

( Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Motorbicycle/ Mobility scooter)
 
Introduction of Zone 30-areas (speed limit of 30 km/h)

1-1984 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of 1st EU Driving Licence Guideline and the Netherlands regulation for driving exams which is based on it. For lorries, busses, and trailers separate exams must be taken

1984 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of electronic alcohol breath test devices for selection purposes

1-11-1979 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Obligatory presence of reflectors on pedals

1-11-1979 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Obligatory presence of approved rear reflectors

1979 

( Car)
 
Fog lights permitted when visibility is less than 50 metres

1-10-1978 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of yellow number plates

1-4-1978 

( Lorry/ Bus)
 
Driving Hours Act for lorries: obligatory presence of a tachograph in lorries

1-4-1978 

( Lorry)
 
Sides of long motor vehicles, trailers, and semi-trailers must be equipped with approved orange reflectors

1-11-1977 

( Lorry/ Bus)
 
Long freights must be equipped with a red & white striped marking plate instead of a red flag

1-7-1977 

( Lorry/ Bus)
 
Rear of lorries, trailers, and semi-trailers must be equipped with reflective marking

16-4-1977 

( Car)
 
Use of parking lights on urban roads forbidden. Obligatory daytime use of dipped headlights during poor weather conditions

16-4-1977 

( Car)
 
Children of 0-3 years old must use approved child seat on front seat in car. From 12 years old, use of all seatbelts present is permitted

15-9-1976 
  Official recognition of the Homezone

5-5-1976 

( Light moped)
 
Light mopeds: speed limit of 25km/h on urban and rural roads; no crash helmet required

1-1-1976 

( Car)
 
Child on lap on front seat forbidden, children younger than 12 years old must travel on rear seat, children between 6-12 years old can travel on front seat with lap belt

1-6-1975 

( Car)
 
Obligatory seatbelt use on front seats (if present)

1-2-1975 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Obligation to attach Part III of vehicle registration on front windscreen (abolished per 1. Jan.1997)

1-2-1975 

( Moped)
 
Wearing of crash helmet obligatory for mopedists

1-11-1974 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
BAC limit of 0.5 g/l; obligatory blood test and driving ban

22-5-1974 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of Law on Motor Vehicle Driver Training (requirements for driving instructors)

6-2-1974 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of general speed limits for cars and motorcycles; 100 km/h on motorways, 80 km/h on other rural roads

6-2-1974 

( Lorry/ Bus)
 
Introduction of general speed limits for cars and lorries with trailer; 80 km/h on all rural roads

1974 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Lollipop adults obtain authority to stop traffic

15-9-1972 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus)
 
A hazard triangle must be used if the hazard lights do not work

1-6-1972 

( Motorbicycle)
 
Wearing a crash helmet obligatory for motorcycle rider and passenger

1-3-1972 

( Car)
 
Headrests are introduced on front seats of new cars

1-1-1971 

( Car)
 
Obligatory presence of front seatbelts in new cars

1970 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
First emergency telephones are placed along motorways

15-4-1967 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of obligatory number plate lighting

4-5-1966 
  The chapter on Traffic Rules of the Road Traffic Regulation becomes a separate Regulation Traffic Rules and Traffic Signs

1-3-1965 

( Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Third-party insurance obligatory for all motor vehicles

1-11-1961 

( Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of pedestrian crossings

11-11-1958 

( Moped)
 
Speed limit for mopeds: 40km/h on urban roads, 30km/h on rural roads

1958 

( Moped)
 
Introduction of type approval for mopeds

1-11-1957 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Urban speed limit of 50km/h introduced

11-11-1956 

( Moped)
 
Speed limit of 40km/h introduced on urban and rural roads

1955 
  Introduction of lollipop adults

1953 

( Moped)
 
Moped on the cycle track

1952 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of driving licence for motor vehicles (minimum age 18 years old)

1951 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Introduction of national vehicle registration number administration, previously done by provincial authorities

28-8-1950 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
The Road Traffic Regulation comes into effect. It contains traffic rules, vehicle requirements, and stipulations for driving exams and driving licences

1941 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Abolition of right-of-way for cyclists coming from the right

13-9-1935 
Fiets
( Bicycle/ Light moped/ Moped/ Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
The Motorcar and Motorcycle Act is replaced by the Road Traffic Act which responds to the continually increasing motorized traffic

1935 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Introduction of an obligatory white, rear mudguard and rear light (since 1995 the white, rear mudguard is no longer obligatory)

1-9-1927 

( Car/ Delivery van/ Lorry/ Bus/ Motorbicycle)
 
Practical driving exam for a driving licence is made obligatory

1927 
Fiets
( Bicycle)
 
Obligatory lighting on the bicycle

10-2-1905 
  The Motorcar and Motorcycle Act, one national regulation for road traffic

1898 

( Car)
 
Two years after the introduction of the car in the Netherlands, the first number plates, which were then called driving permits, were mounted on a number cars in 1898