Published 2004.05.24 | Last update 2017.01.02

Netherlands has some of the highest traffic fines in Europe with the new higher fines for many offenses like speeding which came into force 1st January 2014.

Speed limit enforcement is extensive on Dutch roads. This includes traffic enforcement cameras in urban areas and radar guns on national roads and motorways. Furthermore, fixed average speed checks (trajectcontrole), which were first introduced in the Netherlands, are now in operation on many motorways. Check Speed limits in the Netherlands (Wikipedia) on this.

Important numbers :
Limit – km/h 30 50 80 120 130
Fine +20km/h €200 €147 €139 €112 €112
Fine +40km/h -* -* -* €337 €323
LICENSE(1 80 100 130 170 180
*) The case will be brought before The Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie) which will decide whether you will have to appear before a court and on what charge.
1) minimum 1 month, but exceeding the limit with 30km/h or more may withdraw your license – at least until trial.

Be aware that there are special fines and restrictions at construction sites.

The speeding fines in Netherlands are calculated differently from other European countries. They are based on an algorithm and not a table. This means that the fines is not divided into standard categories, +1-15 km/h and so on. Instead, the fines are continually increasing for each km/h. The only way to get an exact fine seems to be the speeding fines calculator at Openbaar Ministerie (dutch only). This calculator was used for the table below.
If you break the limits with 30-40 km/h your offense goes to the state attorney, which may withdraw your license. If you break the limit with more than 100% the police can take your vehicle.
Netherlands in detail :
Speed(1 Fine (Euro)
30 km/h 37-40 km/h €44-70
41-50 km/h €80-200
51-60 km/h €213-358
61-63 km/h €376-410
+ 64 km/h **
LICENSE(2 + 80 km/h **
50 km/h 58-60 km/h €26-46
61-70 km/h €52-147
71-80 km/h €157-274
81-83 km/h €257-316
+ 83 km/h **
LICENSE(2 + 100 km/h **
80 km/h 87-90 km/h €23-41
91-100 km/h €48-139
101-110 km/h €139-244
111-114 km/h €257-301
+ 115 km/h **
LICENSE(2 + 130 km/h **
120 km/h 128-130 km/h €23-34
131-140 km/h €34-112
141-150 km/h €121-216
151-160 km/h €259-337
161-166 km/h €351-410
+ 167 km/h **
LICENSE(2 + 170 km/h **
130 km/h 136-140 km/h €11-28
141-150 km/h €34-112
151-160 km/h €121-216
161-170 km/h €227-323
171-176 km/h €337-410
+ 176 km/h **
LICENSE(2 + 180 km/h **
1) The speed is the speed after a correction is applied, see below.
2) Minimum 1 month, but exceeding the limit with 30km/h or more may withdraw your license – at least until trial.
**) The case will be brought before The Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie) which will decide whether you will have to appear before a court and on what charge.
Fines and reactions may change without any warnings.
Everybody gets a deduction to correct for the maximum measurement error of the instrument. The deduction is 3 kmh below 100 km/h, and 3 percent above 100 km/h. This means that the measured speed is always reduced by a minimum of three kilometres per hour.
On 80 km/h roads, the instruments are tuned at 87 km/h and on 100 km/h roads at 108 km/h. A speed lower than 87 or 108 km/h is not registered as an offence.
On nearly all roads, a minimum exceeding limit of 3 or 4 km/h is used below which no fine is imposed. Only for roads with a maximum speed of 130 there is no tolerance level, so that fines are imposed there from 1 km/h and more.
Except for beginner driving licenses, there is no penalty point system in the Netherlands.


  1. Pat
    2017.04.08 @ 22:16

    If it is a uk register car can you get a fine from a speed camera?


    • Ino
      2017.04.24 @ 11:16

      There’s no agreement between NL and UK to exchange the registrations so that the fines can be issued automatically. It will depend on the severity of the infraction, whether they will try to send it.


  2. Dallas bolen
    2017.04.08 @ 16:29

    What happens if I don’t pay when I’m American, got tickets in Netherlands, don’t plan on coming back?


    • Ino
      2017.04.24 @ 11:18

      The change of you finding problems with it, is not very big as long as you don’t come back. It’s risky though. In the event that you ever come back, there’s a change you’ll have to pay thousands at the border.


  3. Steve Williams
    2017.03.17 @ 18:13

    Does anyone how soon they send out speeding fines in the post? I’d been working in the Netherlands for a contracting company and I was getting caught by the same camera over and over again. Instead the company I was working for telling me straight away they left it two months. How soon would they have been aware of the speeding fines?


    • Ino
      2017.04.24 @ 11:19

      Most cameras are modern and the fines will arrive within a few days.


  4. massara alain
    2017.02.16 @ 08:54

    i got fines for speed in ne the netherlands . i do not how i can pay them .
    can you please help me with this
    you think i will have problems when i arrive from Usa to Europe .


  5. massara alain
    2017.02.16 @ 08:47

    please can some one send me the Excel my mail is /


  6. Brian
    2016.11.30 @ 13:21

    Does anyone know if there is a time limit before you are contacted by the Dutch authorities re a traffic offence? I was told today 2 1/2 months after the offence vie Hertz.


    • Ino
      2017.02.06 @ 13:44

      In rental cars it may take up to eight months for you to arrive the ticket. And even if it takes longer it can be excused.


  7. Joe Carpenter
    2016.10.21 @ 00:53

    Can someone give me some advice on legal representation for camera speeding tickets in the Netherlands? I’ve gotten 4 (so far) of them totaling almost $1,000 and want to know if I have any chance of fighting this from here in the US.

    Thank you,


    • Vik
      2017.03.02 @ 09:20

      No chance and if you are arriving in Amsterdam you will be fined double if can’t pay,you will be jailed. .


  8. pietro faggiani
    2016.10.10 @ 11:34

    I received a ticket last week. By checking the picture on the website of the cjib I saw that there is a car right next to me. I am wondering how can they know who was speeding. Does anyone know if I can object the ticket ?


    • Sergio
      2017.04.25 @ 18:11

      On a highway they have one camera for each lane, so it only flashes vehicles travelling on its specific lane. You probably can’t object.


  9. Robert
    2016.08.03 @ 03:11

    I Dont know about these tables or formulas but when i rented a car from Europcar and got 2 fines from CIJB it was the following:
    At a limit of 100km/h i was going with 108km/h – 4km/h tolerance. So for 4 km/h above the limit i paid 130Eur
    The second was at a limit of 50km/h i was going with 56km/h – 4km/h tolerance so for a 2km/h above the limit i paid 70 Eur.

    Something does not make sense.


  10. GvG
    2016.01.21 @ 22:54

    +20kmh in a 30 zone = €250
    +7 = €73

    The other rates have also gone up (see my other comment in the Europe-wide section). Let me know if you want a full breakdown and I’ll mail you an Excel.
    Source: (official government website)

    I’d suggest standardization of the tables here and those in the Europe-wide section. Now it’s +20kmh here and +21kmh there. So it’s more work to find out and maintain.


    • TerjeEnge
      2016.02.23 @ 00:33

      Yes, please mail me the Excel 🙂
      And your thoughts on 21 vs. 20 might be a good idea. The original web version had it like this but then I discovered that different countries had different rules and then I had to be precise …
      Thx for the input, I think I will change it back 🙂


    • Viola Hricková
      2016.03.25 @ 17:50

      please, could you send me the Excel?
      My email is
      Thank you very much


  11. Louis Mason
    2015.07.30 @ 17:42

    Paying a fine from the UK will also cost you a bob or two. The collection agency are careful not to allow payment by credit card or cheque so it’s by money transfer only. Even with a UK euro account I had to pay €55 for the pleasure of paying a €100 fine to the CJIB.


  12. raanan eliaz
    2015.07.10 @ 09:23


    How can i get a copy of traffic ticket from the netherlands?


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