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.

3. Speed

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

Traffic sign Name Speed
Speed limit 50 km/h
Zone 30 km/h
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)

Speed limit

A speed limit can be indicated at any time with the traffic sign below. The traffic sign means that it is forbidden to drive faster than indicated. The traffic sign is valid until the next intersection or until the traffic sign announcing the end.

Begin of a speed limit

End of the speed limit


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

End of the lane for cyclists

Pedestrian zone

A pedestrian zone is an area of a city or town reserved for pedestrian-only use and in which most or all automobile traffic may be prohibited.

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

A speed bump is a traffic calming device that use vertical deflection to slow motor-vehicle traffic in order to improve safety conditions. Variations include the speed hump, speed cushion and speed table.

Warning for a speed bump

Traffic management

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.