Netherlands: Wegenverkeerswet

An introduction on bicycle lighting can be found on Wikipedia: Bicycle lighting (Dutch). See also Wikipedia: RVV 1990 (Dutch) (for the general rule about unsafe behaviour, under which of course using a lamp with symmetric beam on public roads falls, as that blinds oncoming traffic). Links to the actual rules:

The Dutch rules

The rules say for bicycles:

Rules for lighting that is mounted on the bicycle (note that this is not compulsory, you can choose to use loose lights, see further on):

Rules for lighting that is NOT mounted on the bicycle ('loose'):

Rules for reflection. A bicycle must have:

Comments on the rules

In the Netherlands, there has been a near complete abolishment of regulations of bicycle lamps. I thought it happened at the last revision in 2009, but no, I found much older regulations and those were already minimalistic with no beam patterns or lux requirements etc., which is somewhat strange as it means there's no well defined method to say a lamp hinders other traffic. From the general rules of course, a lamp may not blind other traffic, which means strong lamps with symmetric beam such as the 'Magicshine' are definitely not allowed on public roads as there's no question that it is a dangerously blinding lamp (as I know from testing it), just like using the high beam on a car is not allowed except for exceptions (when there is no oncoming traffic). So if someone tries to say "it's just a little bit blinding" to get away with using it, he should not succeed. Then again, with strict rules there's never any problem with 'should', either it's allowed or it isn't. And then there is this: will policemen enforce and notice the issues or are they busy with other matters?

More comments on the rules to follow.

To email me go to the email page