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Lights in Holland?

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by punkypossum, 15 Dec 2007.

  1. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    Hi, just wondering if anybody knows what the law in holland is concerning lights (just planning ahead for my charity ride in May)...I vaguely remember that in Germany you have to have lights fitted to the bike even during the day, just wondering if it's the same in Holland. There won't be any riding in the dark on the trip, and if I don't have to have lights fitted, I would rather leave them at home - one less thing to get broken or nicked...

    Does anybody know what the law is by any chance?
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    You don't need lights in the daytime.

    Your ride info should cover this type of thing.
  3. xilios

    xilios Über Member

    Maastricht, NL
    Never used the front light (or had it mounted) in Holland, Germany or anywhere else for that mater during the daytime. The back light always, for going through tunnels and bad weather. Don't wory about it.
  4. OP

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    Nice one, I shall leave them at home! :smile: Might just take one of those red blinky thinks that clip onto your back pocket or rucksack in case I need to send SOS signals...
  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    ...or to plug a little hole in a dyke.
  6. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    naah, you're thinking of sweden;.
  7. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    So that's why you're often online at 3am.
  8. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    It's compulsory for cars, lorries, buses etc. to be fully lit up at all hours of the day, even in the middle of summer. Volvo, Saab and other cars have their lights automatically come on when turning the ignition.
    Bikes, though, are only required to have lights on from dusk to early morning, (or at 14.30 here now in the afternoon).
  9. OP

    punkypossum Donut Devil

  10. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    wait......I didn't mean.....well never mind....;)
  11. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    so when you get up in the morning, have a bowl of swede, jump in the volvo, whack on a bit of abba, and head off to ikea, you've ALWAYS got your lights on. :blush:
  12. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    One lesson from India that I wrote down was to always carry your lights!! Cycling in the dark was a bit scary! Take them anyway.
  13. andrew_s

    andrew_s Veteran

    How does dusk/14:30 relate to sunset?
    (just in case I ever go to Sweden)