The Netherlands is usually known as a ‘bike paradise’. Regardless of this, there are 53 (!!) alternative ways you may get fined whereas biking within the Netherlands.
Final week I used to be biking by means of the streets of Utrecht within the night when out of the blue I used to be flagged down by the police. Earlier than I knew what was taking place, BAM, wonderful of €55 for not having bike lights. I additionally acquired a €90 wonderful for not carrying ID (I left my pockets at residence), bringing me to a pleasant lump sum of €145. Tough.
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To make sure that your biking journey doesn’t change into as unnecessarily costly as mine, right here’s a primary information to Dutch fines whereas biking.
Biking with out lights or reflectors
Biking at midnight with out bike lights might be the commonest motive for getting a wonderful. Like me, many individuals neglect to purchase new bike lights. That you must have each back and front lights for it to rely, in any other case, you’ll nonetheless get a €55 wonderful. On high of all this, you may get a €35 wonderful for not having reflectors in your bike!
On the brilliant facet (because the officer who fined me additionally mentioned), bike lights are solely like €3 or €4 in Jumbo or HEMA. A fairly small worth to pay for security, proper?
Professional tip: Don’t put the little lights you purchase within the flickering gentle perform! This nifty little trick can even lead to a wonderful of €55.
Biking beneath affect
This one is a bit more self-evident. Clearly you shouldn’t step into any sort of automobile drunk — and within the Netherlands this consists of biking. In response to the police, you could be fined €100 for having something over 235 ugl (0.54 profile) of alcohol. This interprets to roughly two and a half beers, so be careful! Along with this, you may get a €85 wonderful for not cooperating with the alcohol check.
Subsequent time you’re coming residence after ingesting, think about strolling your bike as an alternative.
Not indicating the path
When you’ve ever cycled within the Netherlands you’ve seen individuals sticking their arms out when altering path on a motorcycle. Whereas it could typically appear extravagant, it’s really very helpful to keep away from accidents.
Past this, not indicating path can land you a €35 wonderful. So stick these arms out individuals!
Not having a bell (and different stuff)
There’s a scarily lengthy listing of fines you could get for a badly maintained bike. When you take one take a look at bikes in Utrecht or Amsterdam, you may conclude that the police doesn’t verify most of those. In precept although, you might be fined for the next:
- Brakes that don’t work: €55
- Damaged pedals: €55
- Not having a bell: €35
- Damaged bike body: €55
Texting whereas biking
Texting whereas biking is the most recent infraction you may commit whereas biking within the Netherlands. Since July 1, 2019 you may get a €95 wonderful for this. Fortunately Google Maps has a speaker perform — so plug in these earphones and let maps information you verbally!
Not following site visitors guidelines
Whereas it could seem to be cyclists within the Netherlands assume they’re above site visitors guidelines, (on paper not less than), they’re not. You may get a €85 wonderful for operating a crimson gentle, a €45 wonderful for driving on the bus lane, and a €30 wonderful for driving on a street the place bikes aren’t allowed.
The baseline is, observe the site visitors indicators and you need to be wonderful.
Parking within the incorrect place
When you don’t need your bike to be eliminated, you could need to observe this one.
You may get a €30 wonderful for parking your bike within the incorrect place. Whereas it could appear tempting, there’s often a motorcycle stall someplace close by to park as an alternative.
Most extremely, in some locations within the Netherlands you can too get fined €40 for not locking your bike (verify your municipality guidelines)! Normally, the danger of getting your bike stolen is incentive sufficient to lock your bike, however the wonderful offers much more motive.
In a rustic with so many cyclists, it is sensible that there’s quite a lot of legal guidelines for them too. Whereas overwhelming, most of those guidelines aren’t often policed. Principally, should you guarantee you have got good lights, and observe the (basic) site visitors guidelines, you need to be wonderful. So, attempt to keep away from fines, hold secure and joyful biking!
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Editor’s Observe: This text was initially printed in June 2020, and was absolutely up to date in June 2021 in your studying pleasure.
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