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How The Dutch Reach Became an Official Recommendation in the UK Posted by on Jan 31, 2022

Dutch terms Dutch reach traffic bike

Since last Saturday, the UK Highway Code explicitly includes a recommendation for the Hollandse Greep (Dutch reach). And this can be a live-saving move – if you open your door and hit somebody, you can be fined a £1,000! So what is this Dutch reach, why did it become a recommendation now, and – the…

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Dutch Traffic: Why the stop sign is so rare in the Netherlands Posted by on Jun 28, 2018

Welcome to a new series here at the Dutch blog, discussing verkeerssituaties (traffic situations) and verkeersborden (traffic signs) in the Netherlands. Even though the verkeersregels (traffic rules) are not that different in the Netherlands, there are a few key differences. Today, we discuss why there are barely any stopborden (stop signs) in the Netherlands. Stop! As we know, a stopbord means that the approaching bestuurder (driver)…

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Peculiarities of Driving in the Netherlands Posted by on Apr 11, 2018

Driving in the Netherlands is certainly an experience. Having driven both in Mexico and the U.S., I never found the signs to be too different. In the Netherlands, I had a completely different experience. Here are 4 driving experiences that have caught my attention. Kijkersfile You are on the snelweg driving at 130 kph (about…

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Yellow and Dutch – All you need to know about Dutch kentekenplaten! Posted by on Sep 7, 2015

This March, a new kentekenplaten (car plates) system was introduced in the Netherlands. The old system was exhausted. Again! Here on the Dutch-German border, in the German part, we see the yellow kentekenplaten more and more. Famously here are the many Dutch that cross the border to do their groceries at the local supermarkets in Germany. Allegedly because they…

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