Belgium

Last update 4.4.2018 | Published 24.5.2004

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.
TOLERANCE:
6 km/h tolerance under 100 km/h, 6% over 100 km/h.
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.

30 Comments

  1. Maureen
    24.09.2018 @ 13:08

    We got fined euro 473 yesterday by traffic police in a service station for doing a u turn. They were very rude and treated us like criminals. We were left standing in the rain whilst they enjoyed discussing what fine they would give us. They basically bullied us into paying this ridiculous amount on the spot otherwise they would tow away our car or lock us up
    I would love to know if we have any legal rights and how we can find out if this was the right amount to pay and if they can get away with this treatment

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    • Dietmar
      08.10.2018 @ 07:55

      I expect that this happend on a fuel station next to the highway and you are not allowed to do u turn’s their. They will see it as a really big mistake on category 4 (the highest level you can get) and that will cost €473. (https://www.wegcode.be/boetetarieven only in Dutch or French)
      They can not put you in prison for it, but they can confiscate your car if you not pay immediately. If they take your car, then the case goes automatically to the court and the court will create a new/other fine for you. Most of the time even more expensive.

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  2. Robert Garrett
    19.09.2018 @ 13:35

    I got caught doing 94 kmh in a 90 Limit on the motorway direction of Lille. Fine came today 19.09.2018 €53 for 4 kmh over. Are the locals fined at the same rate or is this just for tourists? BTW if I dont pay by the 20th September it doubles. Paid online today but it doesnt take VISA. Transfers according to the Website http://www.verkehrsstrafen.de take Five days to complete. I have written to GENT expressing my discontent as a Tourist. P.S. There is no Picture and no exact Location of the camera so havent got a clue where it took place? My speedometer is in tens and not single D
    digits so I cant tell whether I am a few over or under 90? Think ist a case of giving Belgium a wide berth in future to prevent plundering of my funds by pirates.

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    • Dietmar
      08.10.2018 @ 07:46

      Then probably your speed will be slightly over 100km/h on your dash. Because the 94km/h is already after the correction ( If i not mistaken the correction is 4km/h). Unfortunately is €53 the normal rate for Belgium. It’s not about safety, it’s just all about the money. The rate is the same for tourist as wel for locals.
      Normally you should have 3 weeks to pay your fine, if you not pay, then you will get another fine and it can go up to 50% more then the €53 they offer you in the first fine. The website that you provide is a German website and not a Belgium one. The Belgium website is this : https://www.wegcode.be/boetetarieven.
      It’s normal that you not get a picture by your fine, you can request the picture, but on the end it will cost you again much more money then the €53. Normally on your fine supposed to be also the location where they catch you. This is a must on every fine. There supposed to be also always the name of the police officer who created your fine and you can always contact them.
      Yes Belgium is really a shitty country and really expensive on the road. If you can avoid it, just do it! 😉

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  3. Anthony
    27.07.2018 @ 15:49

    I crossed red signal by mistake in brussels. How much will be the fine and when will i receive it?

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    • TerjeEnge
      09.08.2018 @ 23:56

      Euro 165. On the top of the Belgium page.

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  4. Martin
    22.03.2018 @ 11:07

    I got caught speeding in Vlaanders, 87km/h in a 50km/h zone. I live in Vlaanders. I received a letter, completed it and sent it back acknowledging the offence. This is my first violation. Any idea on what will happen and how long it will take to hear anything back? It’s been about 3 weeks now.

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    • Cara
      11.09.2018 @ 19:58

      Hi Martin,,
      I am in the same boat as you.
      What was the outcome for you?
      I am bit nervous that they will take my license away.

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      • Bert
        21.09.2018 @ 17:14

        Hi
        Nothing happenes. They will ask you to pay the fine. Only. No other scenario.
        Dont worry

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        • XcentY
          10.10.2018 @ 11:05

          Check this out. It is more clear and more accurate than this website.

          –> over 30 km/h above the limit within a city, a residential zone, … –> You go to police court (between 80 € and 4000 €) Your licence is also taken away for between 8 days and 5 years (mandatory)

          If you were on another road than the one specified here above, it is no more mandatory until you are 40km/h above the limit

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  5. Alyssa
    14.11.2017 @ 19:00

    How long does it take to receive a speeding fine caught by a camera?

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    • John
      02.01.2018 @ 11:06

      7-8 days

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      • Nandy
        15.07.2018 @ 22:05

        Can I check online if I have a fine or not?

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  6. Zack
    12.11.2017 @ 21:05

    Was just flashed in Belgium with a British car/numberplate. Will the fine come through to my UK address?
    Any advice appreciated!

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  7. Lara
    07.11.2017 @ 19:55

    Is there any privilege if you pay before some deadline? I got today speeding fine 179e, I was driving 100km/h?

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  8. 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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      • BBru
        15.02.2018 @ 10:59

        It’s Belgium – their own databases cover Belgian registrations. They pull over Brits so they can’t get away with it. The Belgians will receive a fine by post.

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    • TerjeEnge
      03.10.2017 @ 17:49

      Thank you. Will update .)

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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