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Belgium - Driving and Public Transportation
Nationals of EU countries, Israel, Japan, Malta, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Switzerland and the US can swap their own licences for a Belgian one without the need to take a driving test.
Driving is on the right in Belgium, and the speed limits are 31 mph (50 kph) in built-up areas, 75 mph (120 kph) on motorways and 75 mph (120 kph) on other roads. It is compulsory to wear front and rear seat belts where fitted, and children below 12 are not allowed to travel in the front passenger seat. The maximum blood alcohol level permitted is 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood.
As a driver you are required to take out personal liability insurance, but do not need to insure the car. Third party liability is the minimum legal requirement, but fully comprehensive cover is recommended. Insurance companies issue a Green Card and an accident report form, which should be kept in the car at all times. In the event of any accident, you should complete and sign the form.
Belgium has an excellent public transport system and its cities have fully networked train, tram metro and bus services, making connections very easy. It is possible to buy single tickets or season tickets which cover travel on all forms of city transport.
There are efficient rail services connecting all parts of the country, and train fares are relatively low, especially if you buy in advance online.
Taxis are widely available in the cities, but you have to hire them at designated ranks or call them by telephone, it is not usual practice to hail one on the street. All taxis are metered and operate according to standard tariffs.
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