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Traffic rules

The traffic rules describe how a road user must act on the public road, which includes obligations but also advice on how to drive sensibly and safely. All road users must know and apply the traffic rules.


Public road

The public road contains the carriageway, bike path, footpath and verge and goes up to the canal or a property. On public roads we are allowed to drive with all vehicles (if no restrictions are imposed by traffic signs).

The traffic rules describe how a road user must act on the public road, which includes obligations but also advice on how to drive sensibly and safely. All road users must know and apply the traffic rules.

Carriageway

The carriageway is the paved part of the public road and can be divided into lanes with a road marking. Drivers must drive in the right lane. Cars, trucks, buses, tractors and motorcycles are allowed to drive on the road. If there is no bike path, cyclists may also ride on the carriageway. If there is no footpath or verge, pedestrians also walk on the road.


Path for cyclists

The bike path is part of the public road. If a bike path is present, cyclists and moped riders of class A are obliged to ride on them. The bike path is not part of the roadway. Cars may not park, stand still or drive on the bike path.

A bike suggestion strip is part of the roadway, and it is mandatory to drive on it by car. We may also park on it or stand still.



Path for pedestrians

The footpath is an elevated or separated part of the public road. It’s intended for the traffic of pedestrians. Sometimes it is also called a pavement or sidewalk. If a footpath is present, pedestrians must use it.


Verge

A road verge is a strip of ground along a road. The road verge is often planted with grass, plants or trees. Road signs are often placed in the road verge. If the road is too narrow to cross another vehicle, you can move on the road verge.


Public area

A public place is a place where we will only come when we have to be there for something. The traffic rules only apply to public roads, but it is usually also applied to a public area. For example, a petrol station or a parking lot of a restaurant.


Non-public area

A non-public area is a place where we may only come if we have permission to do so. For example a parking lot of a company, a private road or a driveway of a garage.