Traffic Signs : Netherlands

Wherever you go, traffic signs are generally recognisable even if they look a little different. But there are some you won't know, and some may have slightly different meanings.

Here is a guide to signs that you'll most likely encounter on Dutch roads. A number of signs will be accompanied by supplementary plate to emphasise meaning, or to indicate distance, direction or exceptions.

Speed restriction signs

Maximum speed limit

End of speed limit

Speed limit displayed on
an electronic sign

Recommended
speed limit

End of recommended
speed limit
 

 

Warning signs

Priority route
You have priority over
traffic from side roads

End of priority route
You must give way to
traffic from the right

Crossroads

Left turn ahead Right turn ahead

Give way

           
         

Stop and give way

         

 

Prohibition and restriction signs

No vehicles permitted

No entry

One way street

One way street

Two way traffic

No motor vehicles

No goods vehicles

No buses

No goods vehicles
or buses

No slow motor vehicles
max speed < 25 km/h

No slow vehicles,
mopeds or cycles

No towing vehicles

No motorcycles

No motor vehicles
or motorcycles

No mopeds No cycles No mopeds or cycles

No pedestrians

Maximum permitted
length

Maximum permitted
height

Maximum permitted
width

Maximum permitted
axle weight

Maximum permitted
weight

No vehicles carryingg
dangerous loadss

 

Low emission zone
No diesel goods vehicles
that are Euro III or earlier

End of low emission zone

Rush hour lane open

Rush hour lane
closing imminently
Rush hour lane closed  

Mandatory signs

Roundabout

Keep right Keep left Pass either side Ahead only

Turn right ahead

           
   

Turn left ahead

Turn right
or continue ahead

Turn left
or continue ahead

Turn left or right

   

Parking and stopping signs

No parking

No stopping No parking
by cycles and mopeds
Parking area Taxi rank

Disabled parking

 

 

 

 

   

Loading bay

Car parking

Permit parking only

Controlled parking zone

End of controlled
parking zone

Park and ride 

           

Parking area for
carshare users

         

Other signs giving orders

No overtaking

End of no overtaking
prohibition

No overtaking
by goods vehicles

End of no overtaking
prohibition

Give way to
oncoming vehicles

Priority over
oncoming vehicles

           
   

No u-turns

End of all restrictions

End of all restrictions
show on electronic signs

Stop
usually for toll or police

   

Traffic regulation signs

Start of motorway

End of motorway

Start of motorway

End of motorway

Home zone

End of home zone
           

Footpath

End of footpath Bridleway End of bridleway Cycle route End of cycle route
           
   

Cycle and moped route

End of cycle and
moped route

Footpath that can
be used by cycles

End of footpath that
can be used by cycles
   


Urban area signs
       

Start of built up area

End of built up area        


Warning signs

Uneven road surface

Bend to the right

Bend to the left

Succession of bends,
first to the right

Succession of bends,
first to the left

Steep ascent

           

Steep descent

Dangerous crossroads

Roundabout

Level crossing
with barriers

Level crossing
without barriers

Level crossing
with single track

           

Level crossing
with double track

Tram crossing Lifting bridge

Roadworks

Road narrows
on both sides

Road narrows
on the right

           

Road narrows
on the left

Slippery road surface

School crossing

Pedestrian crossing

Pedestrians may
be in the road

Cycle crossing
           

Loose chippings

Quayside or riverbank

Risk of wild animals
on the road

Risk of livestock
on the road

Two way traffic

Low flying aircraft
           

Dangerous crosswinds

Traffic signals Queues likely

Accident

Reduced visability
due to snow, rain or fog

Risk of ice or snow

           
     

Other danger
details shown on panel

Speed humps

Rising bollard in use

     

Direction signs

Motorway direction sign 

Motorway advanced
direction sign
Service area

Overhead direction sign

Advanced direction sign 

Direction sign

           

Direction sign
for cyclists

Advanced direction sign
for cyclistss
Diversion

Advanced direction sign
for urban localities
and facilities

Lane designation sign

Urban direction sign
showing district names

           
       

Urban direction sign
showing district numbers

Route for the conveyance
of hazardous materials

       

Information signs

Maximum permitted
height

Pedestrian crossing

Bus and tram stop Bus stop Tram stop Lane designation sign
           

Lanes merge

Lane drop

Number of through lanes

No through road

No through road
on side road

Warning of restriction
on side road

           

Lane restriction

Lane restriction
(overhead sign)
Tunnel

Passing place

Emergency layby

Emergency telephone

           
         

Fire extinguisher