Belgium

Published 24.5.2004 | Last update 28.1.2017

Belgium may withdraw your license for five years for doing 30 km/h above the limit in any speeding zone.

Note that there are two sets of fines: One for paying on the spot and one for deferred payment. Note that on-the-spot does not mean that you may pay immediately but that you will pay the fine without discussion. If you refuse you will have to go to court.

The important numbers :
Limit – km/h 30* 50 70 120
Fine +20km/h €150 €150 €150 €150
Fine +40km/h €250 €250 €250 €250
LICENSE – maybe 50 80 120 150
LICENSE, 8 days – 5 years
60 90 130 160
*30km/h also applies to special places (schools) and when the sight is below 100 meters.
arrow_right_us_100x50There are only two speed penalty zones in Belgium. Residential areas  (30 km/h) and everything else, including motorways.
In both zones there is a basic fine of  €10 if you break the limit by just 1 km/h. After that they add €10 per km/h in a 30 km/h zone and €5 everywhere else. That is until you reach 61km/h in a 30 km/h zone or break the limit by 41 km/h everywhere else. Then it is time for court and a possible license withdrawal.
Note the new (2016) low common speed limit for the countryside, it is now 70 km/h if there are no signs that indicate another limit.

The Belgian police has a web with the numbers, Bereken uw verkeersboete (in dutch).
Wegcode has a fine calculator (in Dutch).

Belgium in detail :
Violation Fine
On the spot
Fine
Court*
30 km/h + 1-10 km/h €50 €55-1375
+ 11-20 km/h €60-150 €275-1375
LICENSE – maybe
+ 21-30 km/h €260-350
€275-2750
LICENSE, 8 days – 5 years
+ 31 km/h €55-2750 €550-2750
+ 1-10 km/h €50 €55-1375
+ 11-30 km/h €105- 200 €275-1375
LICENSE – maybe
+ 31-40 km/h €205-250
€275-2750
LICENSE, 8 days – 5 years + 41 km/h €55-2750 €550-2750
*) uncertain data
Fines and reactions may change without any warnings.
There is no penalty points system in Belgium.
If this is not correct, please comment below.

13 Comments

  1. Gunter
    02.09.2017 @ 23:46

    not correct. The basic fine is now 55 euro if you go 10kmph or lower over the speed limit.
    If you go over 10kmph you get an increase 11 euro for every kilometer too fast in towns and school zones.
    If you go over 10kmph you get an increase of 6 euro for every kilometer on the highways.
    Only the northern part (flemish) has a 70kmph speed limit outside the towns if there are no speed limit signs after leaving a town, in the south it’s still 90.
    The flemish part of belgium is a horrible place to live if you want to drive. lot’s of new section control camera’s every month. We probably have the most fixed speed camera’s of europe.

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    • BrmBrm
      21.09.2017 @ 15:56

      Today, 21st September 2017, I just received and on-the-spot fine of €53 for 134kph on a motorway.

      Like a conveyor, pulling over what mainly appeared to be English vehicles, even though I was in a convoy with Belgian cars – who did not get pulled.

      I accept I was speeding, but a little frustrating only I was pulled amongst many Belgians doing the same speed.

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    • TerjeEnge
      03.10.2017 @ 17:49

      Thank you. Will update .)

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  2. TerjeEnge
    26.06.2017 @ 22:51

    Thank You, Me! First I wondered what kind of country is this, then I realized that I have to update this.

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  3. Gribaumont
    24.06.2017 @ 20:23

    “Me” is right. The legislation on traffic has been devolved to the regions and now in Belgian there are three motor vehicle codes, one per region. Thererefore the speeds limits are different in each region. In Flanders the speed limit on roads outside of cities has become 70 kph, but in Wallonia and Brussels the speed limit on roads outside of cities is still 90 kph. Therefore what is stated in the graphics is not correct. I live in Brussels.

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    • TerjeEnge
      26.06.2017 @ 22:44

      Thank you for the confirmation. This was unbelievable. It must be difficult to live in a country like this. Why make it easy while you can still make it more difficult?

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  4. aaron
    21.03.2017 @ 16:17

    i was speeding in a 70 km/h zone and was going 109km/h. what do u think the fine will be?

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  5. Maxime Hinnekens
    23.01.2017 @ 14:20

    The 90 limit changed to 70, 90 limit doesn’t exist anymore

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    • TerjeEnge
      23.01.2017 @ 15:32

      Thank you, Maxime. But does this mean that there is no longer a limit between 70 and 120?

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      • Anonymous
        25.01.2017 @ 13:50

        The normal speedlimit on roads outside of cities has become 70. That limit only applies if there are no signs that state a different limit (e.g 90).

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        • TerjeEnge
          28.01.2017 @ 21:18

          Thank you 🙂
          Now updated.

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          • Me
            24.04.2017 @ 00:48

            90 still applies. Like everything in Belgium, this is complicated as well. After the last elections, the Regions became the regulators of speed limits for all roads except motorways. All the other traffic laws are federal as well. Flanders decides since most of the roads were yet limited to 70 kph to make that the official limit. It is allowed however to indicate a higher limit, that may not go above the federal limit (be it 90 kph). Wallonia and Brussels however did not care to lower the limit so there the limit is still 90 (unless a lower one is indicated).

            A few other corrections, the sign where you put 30 is actually 20 but very rarely used. The 30 kph zone sign is widly used especially in flanders and brussels.
            Outside built up area’s, if you have at least 2X2 lanes with a fixed barrier the limit is 120 as well like on a motorway, in the whole country.

            Source: I live in Belgium 🙂

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    • Ron
      02.07.2017 @ 23:07

      90km limit applies in the south of Belgium (Wallonia)
      The 70km limit applies in the north

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