Drivers in the Netherlands must observe the following speed:
- city driving is allowed at 50 km/h
- driving outside cities is allowed at 80 km/h
- in highways one can drive at 100 km/h
- for freeways the speed allowed is 130 km/h
Driving on autobahn at a speed less than 60 km/h is a violation and it leads to a € 360 fine. Usually cameras are used to fix speed limitation.
Parking a rented car in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, as well as other big cities, suffers from lack of parking spaces. For this reason there is a P+R (Park+Ride) system in the city. Drivers leave their cars at paid parking lots (8 EUR price), which are located in uptown. Cars’ owners go to the centre of the city by public transport. They are also given a special card that makes going by public transport free of charge. Thus, the centre of the city is relieved from enormous amount of cars and citizens gain a certain advantage.
There are traditional paid parkings (along the roads), which can be paid via pay machine or special parking disks.
The rules for road behaviour in the Netherlands do not have any peculiarities. Though they must be observed not to be largely fined. Low beam must be switched on if there is insufficient visibility. It is allowed to use rear fog lamps only by fog or mist when the visibility is limited to 50 meters. Violation of this rule leads to a serious fine. It is also prohibited to transport children in a car without special children car seat devices. Both front and back seat passengers must fasten their safety belts. Use of a cell phone while driving is punished with a fine.
In Amsterdam you can fill a car with unleaded RON95 and RON98 petrol and diesel engine. There are also gas filling stations. If you plan to drive for a long time, note that it is allowed to transport petrol in a fuel can.
Average prices for fuel in Amsterdam:
- 1 litre of RON95 petrol – 1.76 EUR
- 1 litre of RON98 petrol – 1.82 EUR
- 1 litre of diesel engine – 1.46 EUR
Filling stations are both automatic and working with staff. To pay fuel you mostly need a credit card.