Since 2011, guided driving in the Netherlands from the age of 16 has kicked off. Driving school SafeLes 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 may partake in the practical exam.
After obtaining your driver’s license, you 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.
Since the candidate-driver is a minor, a written consent of one of the parents or caretakers should be presented. The under-age driver is legally the driver of the vehicle, and responsible for his or her own actions while controlling the vehicle.
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 pass the theoretical and practical exam again. The minor is also responsible for the guiding passenger. If the guiding passenger is not in a sober condition when guiding the minor, the minor will have to pass the theoretical and practical exam again after reaching the age of 18.
By allowing guided driving for students at 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 accidents per year.