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What are the penalties for speeding in Belgium?


sanctions applicables en cas d'excès de vitesse en Belgique

To find out what penalties you face for speeding in Belgium, you need to know where the offence was committed and how much speeding was involved.


To help you determine these first two points, don't hesitate to seek advice from a specialist lawyer, contact-us.


 

The place where the speeding offence was committed is a determining factor in assessing the penalties applicable in Belgium to the driver.


Belgian law imposes harsher penalties for speeding in built-up areas, meeting and residential zones, near schools or in 30 km/h zones than for speeding on other roads (on the motorway, for example).


For speeding offences committed in pedestrian and residential zones, near schools or in 30 km/h zones:


  • Up to 10km/hour: in principle* no court proceedings -> payment of an immediate fine of €53;

  • Between 11km/hour and 20km/hour: in principle* no need to appear before the police court -> payment of an immediate fine of 53 euros for the first 10km/hour + 11 euros per additional km/hour;

  • Between 20km/hour and 30km/hour: in principle* no need to appear before the police court -> payment of an immediate fine of 53 euros + 11 euros per additional km/hour and possible loss of driving licence;

  • Above 30km/hour: you must appear before the police court.

If you are summoned to appear before the Police Court, seek the advice of a specialist lawyer: : contact us!


For speeding on other roads :


  • Up to 10km/hour: in principle* no need to go to court -> payment of an immediate fine of €53;

  • Between 11km/hour and 40km/hour: in principle* no need to go to court -> immediate collection of 53 euros + 6 euros per additional km/hour;

  • Between 30km/hour and 40km/hour: in principle* no court appearance -> payment of an immediate fine of 53 euros + 6 euros per additional km/hour and possible loss of driving licence;

  • Above 40km/hour: must appear before the police court.

Once again, drivers who have committed a speeding offence of less than 40km/hour in these zones are almost never referred to the Police Court if they pay the amount on time.


If this is not the case and you are summoned to appear before the Police Court for speeding, take advice from a specialist lawyer : contact us!



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