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Transport escorts and traffic controllers regulate traffic and ensure the safety of road users. In the Netherlands, they must comply with the Traffic Controllers Regulations 2009 (Regeling verkeersregelaars 2009). These regulations set requirements on training, appointment, examination and equipment.
Training and registration
To become a traffic controller or transport escort, you must follow training and take an exam. Information on the exam procedure is given on the Netherlands foundation for traffic controllers (Stichting Verkeersregelaars Nederland, SVNL, in Dutch) website. You can use your certificate to apply for a traffic control registration pass from Rijkswaterstaat. Traffic controllers must carry a traffic control registration pass when directing traffic.
Traffic controllers for events
The municipal authority may appoint traffic controllers for events. They may be appointed for a specific period (no more than 12 months) or on a one-off basis. SVNL maintains a digital database of traffic controllers for events, who can be hired. Organisers of events must contact the local council for access to candidates. The local municipality can apply for a traffic control registration pass from Rijkswaterstaat for a limited period. Incidental traffic controllers at events will not be issued with a traffic control registration pass.
The rules for traffic controllers for events have been simplified:
- The SVNL has a digital database listing current traffic controllers for events.
- Traffic controllers for events do not need to carry a traffic control registration pass.
- Candidates can only follow a traffic controller training course via the internet (e-instruction) and the certificate is valid for 1 year.
Depending on the dimensions of your load, an exceptional transport escort may be required. Whether this obligation applies to you depends on the category of your transport. In addition, the road manager may sometimes require a modified escort. For more information, please contact the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW).
Online application procedure via Message Box
You can also submit an online application via Message Box to be appointed as a transport escort or traffic controller. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.