Warning triangle mandatory in car? The Netherlands and abroad
In the Netherlands it is not mandatory to have a warning triangle in the car and to use it in the event of a breakdown if you have working warning lights and are using them. This does not alter the fact that for your own safety and that of other road users it is very useful to have one in the trunk. In many other countries this is even mandatory, even when you drive a Dutch car. In addition, various other attributes are available to safely take to the road, such as a warning UFO and warning discs.
Warning triangle and other attributes in the event of a breakdown
- Is a warning triangle mandatory in the car?
- Rules in other countries
- Overview of mandatory attributes abroad
- Buy a warning triangle
- Also handy to have in the car
Is a warning triangle mandatory in the car?
When you end up with a breakdown, it is important to inform other road users that your car is on the emergency lane, on the roadway or partly on the shoulder. In many cases, this will prevent accidents. In built-up areas it is recommended to use the warning triangle to be placed approximately 30 meters behind the car. In connection with the higher speed and longer braking distance, it is best to place the warning triangle on the motorway at approximately 100 meters behind the car. Having a warning triangle with you is therefore in the interest of your own safety and that of other motorists. But is it also mandatory to have a warning triangle in the car?
The answer is it not required is to have a warning triangle in the car, provided your warning lights are working. If you do not have a triangle with you or if you are not using it, you must flash your warning lights in the event of a breakdown to warn other motorists. So having a warning triangle with you is mandatory when you don’t have working warning lights.
Rules in other countries
It may not be mandatory in the Netherlands to have a warning triangle in the car, but in many other countries in Europe this is mandatory. This obligation usually also applies to people with a Dutch registration number. If, for example, you are put aside for a check in Belgium or France and it turns out that you have no warning triangle in the trunk, you can get a fine for this. There are also countries where the obligation does apply, but where cars with a Dutch registration number are exempt. This is the case in Germany, Portugal and Sweden, among others. In addition, other requirements are set for the equipment of your car in neighboring countries. For example, it may be mandatory to have a safety vest, fire extinguisher, spare lights and / or first aid kit with you
Overview of mandatory attributes abroad
From this table you can read which attributes are mandatory in other European countries. An asterisk
|indicates that the obligation abroad only applies to cars with a local registration number (including rental cars) and not to cars with a Dutch registration number.||Country||Warning triangle||Safety vest||Fire extinguisher|
|First aid kit||The Netherlands||–||–||–|
Always check the local rules!
Before you go on vacation, it is important to read the local rules. There may also be additional requirements. For example, in Switzerland it is mandatory for the driver to have the warning triangle within reach (not in the trunk) and in Turkey one must even have two warning triangles with them. In Croatia and Slovenia you must also bring a set of spare bulbs on the way.
Buy a warning triangle
You can buy a warning triangle at an ANWB store or through various car stores and web shops. These are not expensive and already available in the price range between ?? 12 and 15 euros (2020). These are often supplied as standard in new cars.
Also handy to have in the car Attributes such as a fluorescent vest and a fire extinguisher may not be mandatory in the Netherlands, but it is of course useful to have these items with you. With a safety vest you always stand out when you are going to place the safety triangle and when you wait next to your car for the roadside assistance or police. Not only can a fire extinguisher prevent further damage to your car, in the event that you witness an accident in which a fire breaks out, it can even be life-saving. In addition, there are a number of other attributes that are useful to take with you in the car. So you can choose to have a special warning UFO to bring along. This is a signaling lamp with LED lighting that can be attached to the hood by a magnet and used to warn oncoming traffic. With special warning discs – also warnblitz or safety flash
– dangerous situations on the road can be marked in places with little lighting.