Traffic rules

The traffic regulations describe how a road user must behave on public roads, so that traffic flows safely and smoothly. It is expected that all road users know and apply the traffic regulations. Sometimes traffic regulations will appear a bit unclear. However, all rules in the regulations have been well thought through, so it is also important to know the underlying line of thought.


The speed depends on the type of road and the conditions in which you are driving. Do not drive faster than the speed limit and make sure you can drive safely and comfortably

  • Speed
  • Motorway
  • Expressway
  • Built-up area
  • Residential area
  • Zone
  • Cyclist street
  • Play street
  • Pedestrian zone
  • Speed bump
Traffic sign Name Speed
Motorway 120 km/h
Expressway 90 km/h (middle line)
120 km/h (central reservation)
Built-up area 50 km/h
Residential area 20 km/h
Lane cyclists 30 km/h
General speed 70 km/h (Flanders)
90 km/h (Wallonia)



A zone consists of one or more public roads. The beginning and end is indicated by a zonebord (see image). As long as you drive within the zone, the limitation on speed or parking is the money.

Driving faster than indicated prohibited (speed limit)

End of the speed limit

Begin of a zone with speed limit

End of the zone with speed limit


A motorway is a public road intended for the traffic of fast vehicles, such as cars, motorbikes, trucks and buses. On a motorway there is a central reservation between the two directions and there are no traffic lights or intersections.

  • The maximum speed is 120 km/h
  • The minimum speed is 70 km h
  • Forbidden access for pedestrians, cyclists, mopeds and tractors

Begin of a motorway

End of the motorway


An expressway is a public road, similar to a motorway but often with intersections and traffic lights.

  • The maximum speed is 120 km/h (central reservation)
  • The maximum speed is 90 km/h (road marking)
  • Forbidden access for pedestrians, cyclists, mopeds and tractors

Begin of an expressway

End of the expressway

Built-up area

The built-up area is an area designated by the government where there is a lot of construction. Because of the higher population density, drivers have to take extra account of other road users. Pay extra attention in the vicinity of crossings, schools and parks.

  • The maximum speed is 50 km/h

Begin of a built-up area

End of the built-up area

Residential area

Pedestrians walk on the road in a residential area, but they are not allowed to hinder traffic.

  • The maximum speed is 20 km/h

Begin of a residential area

End of the residential area

Cyclist street

A bicycle street is a street in which the cyclists are the most important road users. Motor vehicles are allowed, but cars are not allowed to overtake cyclists.

  • The maximum speed is 30 km/h
  • Cars are not allowed to overtake cyclists

Lane for cyclists

End of the lane for cyclists

Pedestrian zone

Begin of a zone for pedestrians

End of the zone for pedestrians

Play street

A public road where temporarily and during certain hours at the entrances a fence is placed with the indication 'play street'.

Entry prohibited, playstreet

Speed bump

Speed bumps are placed to slow down traffic.

Warning for a speed bump

Speed bump

Dynamic traffic management

Dynamic traffic management is the set of systems that help to better utilize the capacity of the road network. Measuring loops in the road surface or traffic cameras visualize the current traffic flow and then dynamic signage and information signs inform road users.


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