Traffic rules Bonaire

There is always some getting used to, when important rules change. For this reason, the police, the public prosecutor and the governor have decided to have a transition period for the rules mentioned below. The transition period applies to the following rules.

From August 1st up to October 1st, the police will call your attention if you are not complying to these rules. You will not be fined yet. Starting October 1st you will receive a traffic ticket if you are in violation of the rules.

Starting August 1, the police will perform controls on:

Safety

Mobile telephone

You may not hold a mobile telephone in your hand while driving

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Safety

Seatbelt

All passengers in the car must wear a seat belt

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Verkeerswet Bonaire kinderzit

Safety

Childseat

Children 4 years of age or younger must be seated in a child’s car seat while in the car

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Verkeerswet Bonaire helm

Safety

Helm

Drivers of scooters, motorcycles and ATV quads must wear a safety helm

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Safety

Alcohol

In the former and new Traffic Act, driving under the influence of alcohol is punishable.

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Overview of the traffic rules

Below is a list of all the rules coming into effect. Information about the new rules will be shared via different media. Please visit this website regularly to stay abreast of all the rules that apply to you.

  • Article 57. Within the built-up areas the following speed limits apply:
    • An automobile, truck or other motorized vehicle may not exceed the speed of 40 km per hour.
    • The speed of a moped may not exceed 30 km per hour.
    • The speed of a mobility scooter or disabled person’s vehicle may not exceed 30 km per hour.
  • Article 58. Outside of the built-up areas the following speed limits apply:
    • An automobile, truck or other motorized vehicle may not exceed the speed of 60 km per hour.
    • The speed of a moped may not exceed 55 km per hour.
    • The speed of a mobility scooter or disabled person’s vehicle may not exceed 30 km per hour.
  • Article 45 sub 1. When you are driving an automobile or truck, or riding a bicycle, scooter, motorcycle or ATV quad, you must give right of way to the following persons:
    • Persons who have difficulties with walking.
    • Persons who are blind or visually impaired. They carry a white cane with 1 or more red stripes.
  • Article 45 sub 2. When you are driving an automobile or truck, or riding a bicycle, scooter, motorcycle or ATV quad, you must give right of way to persons on the pedestrian crossing. This concerns pedestrians and people in a disabled person’s vehicle. You must also give them right of way if they are at a crosswalk waiting to cross.
  • Article 48. When you are entering a roundabout, you must give right of way to traffic already driving on the roundabout.

Article 64. You may not make unnecessary noise with your vehicle. For example, by revving the engine by giving gas while not in gear.

  • Article 26 A. It is prohibited to hold a mobile telephone or tablet in your hand while driving.
  • Article 28. It is prohibited to drive a vehicle if you have consumed too much alcohol or used drugs.
  • Article 77 sub 1. The driver of a car or truck, and all passengers must wear a seat belt.
  • Article 77 sub 2. Children 3 years of age or younger may only ride along in a car if they are seated in a child safety seat or booster seat. This child safety seat must have a seal of approval.
  • Article 77 sub 3. Drivers and passengers shorter than 1.50 meter, must wear a lap belt. Does the vehicle only have a three-point belt? Then you must wear this as a lap belt.
  • Article 78. Drivers and passengers of a moped, motorcycle, or ATV quad must wear a safety helmet that fits well. The following rules apply to the helmet:
    • You must be able to fasten the helmet with a clasp.
    • The helmet complies to safety standards.
    • The helmet has a seal of approval.
    • The helmet is not broken or damaged.
  • Article 62. Only the following vehicles are allowed to park on a parking space for the disabled:
    • A mobility scooter or disabled person’s vehicle.
    • An automobile with a valid disability parking card. This card must be placed behind the windshield and be clearly visible.
    • A vehicle that the parking space is reserved for.
  • Article 100 sub 2. It is prohibited to ride a moped in traffic if you are under 16 years of age.
  • Article 100 sub 2. Are you 16 years of age or older? Then you can ride a moped in traffic if:
    • You have a valid driving license for a motor vehicle, or
    • You have a valid permit showing your own name.
  • Article 100 sub 4. Are you younger than 18 years of age? Then you are not allowed to drive a machine on the road. For example, a crane or a sweeper. You may drive these if you are 18 years of age or older. However, you do need to have a valid B, C, or D driver’s license.
  • Article 109. All driver’s licenses are valid for 5 years. The 5-year period starts on the day you receive the license.
  • Article 112 sub 3. Did you obtain your driving license in the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius or Saba? This license is also valid on Bonaire.
  • Article 33. You may not drive a vehicle that belongs to someone else without their permission.
  • Article 128 sub 3. Are you not complying to traffic rules? The police may then confiscate your vehicle. The police officer will drive your vehicle to an impound area where it will be kept.
  • Article 128 sub 4. You have to pay for the cost of transporting and storing the vehicle.