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Belgium Traffic Signs

Most traffic signs in Belgium are (virtually) the same as traffic signs in many other EU countries. Here, in particular, Belgium road signs are listed that may differ from those in your home country or differ from familiar road signs in terms of appearance or significance.

Traffic signs in Belgium

  • The traffic signs in Belgium hardly differ from those in most other Western European countries.
  • A rectangular white sign with a black silhouette of a village or townscape and whether or not a place name indicates the start of the city limits. The same sign with a slanting red line indicates the end of the city limits.

Car and motorcycle

  • A round prohibition sign with the words Cruise control with a red line through it means that no cruise control may be used until the next intersection.
  • A round prohibition sign with the word PEAGE or TOL means that it is prohibited to pass by without stopping to pay a toll.
  • A rectangular blue sign with a truck in white and a passenger car to the right of it, indicates that trucks (over 3500 kg) may temporarily overtake other vehicles. The same sign with a red diagonal line across it indicates the end of this overtaking permit.
  • A turning ban is indicated by a round white sign with a red border and an inverted black U, which, unlike in the Netherlands, also has a red line running through it.
  • A round white sign with a red border and a black arrow curving to the left or right with a diagonal red line through it means No turn left (or right).
  • A round prohibition sign with a red border showing a black truck under which a length in meters is indicated, means that access is prohibited for all vehicles longer than the indicated length. Please note: this prohibition does not only apply to trucks, but also to cars with caravans or trailers.
  • Blue rectangular signs with a white P and an axle with two wheels below it in white indicate that parking, or partial parking, on the sidewalk or on the shoulder is mandatory. If a similar sign with a two-wheeled axle in white shows a red cross on the sidewalk or verge, parking on the carriageway is mandatory.
  • A blue rectangular sign with a red car, a white cyclist and the word Fietsstraat indicates a street where cyclists are allowed to travel the full width of the carriageway and are not allowed to be overtaken by cars and where cars are allowed to drive at a maximum speed of 30 km / h.
  • If a blue bottom sign with a white plug on it (and possibly a white car or one or more other categories of vehicles) is attached to the Parking allowed traffic sign, this indicates that the sign only applies to electric vehicles.
  • A blue rectangular sign with a small triangular, red-rimmed warning sign with a black cyclist and a curved white arrow pointing to that sign to alert drivers changing direction to cyclists and moped riders following the same public road.

Bicycle, moped, moped and speed pedelec

  • Road authorities can use white rectangular plates with a black image of a bicycle with a motor (possibly with the text Mandatory, Prohibited or Excepted) to oblige or prohibit the use of a bicycle path for certain types of bicycles. A letter indicates which type of bicycle with a motor is meant:
    A – electric bike.
    B – moped.
    P – speed pedelec.
  • A triangular traffic sign at a traffic light with a yellow cyclist and arrow means that cyclists may continue in the indicated direction with a red or orange light, provided they give correct right of way.
  • A round blue sign with a bicycle and pedestrians next to each other, separated by a white line, indicates a combined, but separate bicycle / pedestrian path where electric bikes, but no mopeds, are allowed to ride.
  • A round blue sign with a bicycle and pedestrians one below the other indicates a combined cycle / pedestrian path where electric bikes and mopeds are prohibited.