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Special streets and roads – driving licence theory

Built-up area (E5)

Built-up area

The speed limit is normally 50 km/h. This sign shall however always be supplemented with a regular speed sign. If there is a prohibitory sign posted together with the sign, the prohibition is applicable throughout the built-up area (up until the corresponding end sign).

The sign is usually posted before a town, the name of which may be incorporated in the sign.

Home zone (E9)

Home zone

An open place, similar to a square, with several homes and businesses in the vicinity can be made into a home zone, in which drivers must adapt to the pedestrians. The following rules apply to a home zone:

  • You may drive no faster than walking speed (around 7 km/h).
  • Obligation to give way to pedestrians.
  • No parking (permitted in allocated spaces).
  • When you exit a home zone, you have an obligation to give way.

Pedestrian street (E7)

Pedestrian street

The pedestrian street has more limitations than the home zone. Only essential traffic is permitted, such as:

  • Deliveries.
  • Medical transports.
  • To and from homes and hotels.

When you drive on the pedestrian street, the same rules apply as for a home zone. Note that you are, regardless of reason, always permitted to cross the pedestrian street in the same way that you would cross a bicycle path for example.

Bicycle street (E33)

Bicycle street

A bicycle street is designed for cyclists. Cars may drive on a bicycle street if they abide by the following rules:

  • Adapt your speed to the cyclists. You are never allowed to exceed 30 km/h.
  • You are only allowed to park in designated parking spots.
  • When you enter the bicycle street, you must give way to all traffic already on the bicycle street.
Recommended lower speed

It is not appropriate to drive any faster than what the sign indicates. The sign is usually posted by a speed bump.

Clarification on Recommended lower speed

Max 50 km/h

What does “not appropriate” mean? Is it not illegal to drive any faster than what the sign indicates?
– No, in that case, the sign posted would be Speed limit. If Recommended lower speed indicated a prohibition, then what would be the difference between the two signs? There would be no difference, which is unreasonable (why would there be two signs with the same significance?)

If I am driving on a 50 road and see Recommended lower speed 30 km/h. Does this mean I am permitted to drive at 45 km/h?
– Yes, if you deem it appropriate and safe. But you may not drive any faster than 50 km/h.

You may drive no faster than walking speed, even though there are no pedestrians nearby.

Straight ahead is a pedestrian street. You may only enter if you have a valid reason.

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