Driving in Belgium 

Compulsory items

  • 'GB' sticker, unless the registration plates have the GB logo on them
  • Registration and insurance documents
  • Warning triangle (excludes motorcycles)
  • Reflective jacket / vest
  • Headlight converters
  • Motorcyclists must wear a crash helmet and use dipped headlights at all times
  • Motorcyclists must wear protective clothing, i.e. jacket, trousers or overalls and boots protecting the ankles, at all times

Speed limits

  • Built up areas: 31mph or 50km/h
  • Outside built up areas: 55mph or 90km/h, but 74mph or 120km/h on motorways and dual carriageways that are separated by a central reservation
  • Motorways: 80mph or 130km/h
  • There is a minimum speed limit of 43mph or 70km/h on motorways


  • Children under 18 years and less than 1.35m in height can only travel in the front seats of a vehicle if they are using an approved child seat that is appropriate for their age and size
  • If two child seats are in use in the rear seats, and there isn't room for a third, the largest child may travel wearing only the adult seat belt
  • Children under 3 years old cannot travel without an appropriate seat or restraint, but are permitted to travel in the front seats if using a rear-facing child seat with the airbag deactivated


  • It is recommended, but not compulsory, that drivers keep a first aid kit and fire extinguisher inside the car
  • As in the UK, wearing seatbelts is a legal requirement
  • It is compulsory for dipped headlights to be used in daytime in cases of in bad weather
  • Cruise control on motorways is illegal in Belgium
  • If you're driving with winter tyres, you must put a sticker on the dashboard to remind you of the maximum speed for those tyres