Moped license theory now available in English
The Dutch moped theory test is now available in the English language with the release of a new online training and testing course in English this month.
Amsterdam -- Up until now the theory for driving a moped (Bromfiets) in the Netherlands has only been available in Dutch.
Michael Davidson, founder and director of The International Driving School (DriveRight) saw that many expats who didn’t have a good command of the Dutch language simply gave up on trying for this exam. He therefore took the initiative of developing an online training and testing module in the English language to enable non-Dutch speakers to obtain their moped license.
Although the moped theory exam is only available in Dutch, you can do it in English if you book an individual test with a translator.
Next year moped riders need to take a practical exam
As of 1 January 2010 you will also need to pass a practical exam to ride a moped.
“In this case the examiner follows you on a moped to observe your driving skills. The CBR announced today (11 June 2009) that you can request to take the practical in English,” says Davidson.
“Although you may need to wait longer in line to take the test due to limited availability of examiners who are qualified to give the test in the English language.”
Obligatory exchange of current moped certificate for moped license
If you already have a ‘Bromfiets certificaat’ you need to exchange this at your local town hall (Gemeentehuis) before 1 October 2009 for a Bromfietsrijbewijs (categorie AM).
“Try to do this well before the deadline to avoid any backlog,” advises Davidson, or “you risk having to take both the theory and practical exam in January.
The moped license isn’t necessary if you already hold an A (motorbike) or B (motorcar) license.
Motorbike license testing and training course in English
As of 1 July, an online training and testing course for motorbike riders will also be available in English, for the first time in the Netherlands, also from The International Driving School.
For more information, visit The International Driving School website at www.driveright.nl.