Guided driving

Start learning how to drive from your 16th birthday onwards

On 1 November 2011 guided driving in the Netherlands from the age of 16 onwards has kicked off. Our driving school also offers guided driving.
From the moment that you reach the age of 16 you are eligible for partaking in the theoretical exam. If you pass this exam you may start taking driving lessons from the age of 16.5. Teenagers who are 17 years or older on 1 November 2011 may partake in the practical exam.
After obtaining your driver’s license you then have to drive under guidance until the age of 18. You can register a total of 5 “guiding passengers”. Their names will be printed on a driver guides card.
There are conditions tied to the guiding passengers. De guiding passenger:

  • posseses a driver’s license for at least 10 years and carries this license when guiding the under-age driver
  • has not been convicted criminally for violating traffic laws
  • has not participated in behavorial change courses, e.g. for drunk driving
  • has not been checked regarding driving skills or fitness to drive in the past
  • has not consumed alcohol, drugs or medicines when guiding

Minority of the driver

Since the candidate-driver is a minor, a written explanation of one of the parents or legal representative should be presented. The under-age driver is legally the driver of the vehicle and therefore responsible for his/her own actions while controlling the vehicle.


Sanctions when driving without a guiding passenger

If the minor drives without a guiding passenger, the driver’s license will be declared invalid. This means that the minor will have to wait until the age of 18 to again pass the theoretical and practical exam. Additionally, the minor is responsible for you guiding passenger. If the guiding passenger is not in a sober condition when guiding the minor, the minor also has to pass the theoretical and practical exam again after reaching the age of 18.

Fewer traffic fatalities due to guided driving

By allowing adolescents start learning how to drive to a younger age they will be more experienced when they hit the road independently. The Institute for Road Safety Research (“SWOV”) has calculated that guided driving for 17-year-olds in the Netherlands prevents 16 traffic fatalities per year.

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