English information

Drivingschool La Blanche, established in 1960, is the best opportunity to get your drivinglicence soon and cheap.
This privately owned driving school, is managed and operated by fully qualified and certified Dutch instructors and registered with the BOVAG driving school organisation, offering:

  • Theoretical training for the CBR Driving Theory Test for the Car
  • All services for obtaining the Dutch driving licence, for cars (category B), motorcycles (category A) and trailer licence (category B+E)
  • Courses aimed at beginners and those only requiring a quick brush-up of knowledge and/or proficiency
  • Driving lessons in automatics  and manual car
  • Theory books in English available
  • Courses given in both English and Dutch

During the course of the years we have welcomed many expatriates from various nations, whom have attended our driving school to receive specialised training with specific explanations and instructions in fluent – technical – English.

We offer both manual as automoatic lessons:

 

Manual lessons

During your first lessons your instructor will teach you how to change gears, clutch and break.
Our lesson cars have 5 gears and a reverse.

The moment you pass your driving test is probably one of the most important moments in your life. This very desirable pink little pass makes sure you are no longer dependant on other people or on public transport. You are able to choose your own route and to go anywhere you like. It can even be a contribution to a better position on the job market.

 

Driving lessons (Automatic car)

Learning how to drive in an automatic car is much easier!

To learn how to drive in a manual car is not important for everybody. For some people, changing gears is the biggest obstacle of driving lessons. Not very surprising; you have to pay attention to the traffic and everything that is going on around you. Choosing an automatic car makes the driving lessons easier. Special manoeuvres such as merging, parallel parking or a 3 point turn all become a piece of cake!

Also suitable for people with motor dysfunctions or people who have developed a fear of driving

This is exactly why our new Volkswagen Polo automatic is the solution for people with a motor dysfunction. Driving an automatic car is easier and more relaxed. Therefore, it is also recommended to people who are afraid to drive. You are able to take your time to look around you, which strengthens your faith and makes you more relaxed during the driving lessons. You will get your driving licence quicker and without extra stress.

The advantages of "La Blanche" driving school are:

  • The possibility of planning your lessons yourself;
  • A high quality driving school;
  • Always the same certified teacher;
  • A no-nonsense method of working;
  • To take your driving test when you are truly ready for it;
  • Highly motivated and very patient instructors;
  • A lesson hour takes full 60 minutes!

The advantages of automatic driving lessons:

  • The special manoeuvres are easier;
  • Less obstacles for people with motor dysfunctions or a fear of driving;
  • It is more environmentally friendly
  • Most of the time less driving lessons are needed.

 

Pre exam (T.T.T.) (TussenTijdseToets)

The Dutch Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (CBR) offers you the opportunity to take an Pre-exam (or T.T.T.). This test is exactly the same as the final test and will be examined by a true CBR examiner. After the test, the examiner will provide you with advice about which test items still need some extra focus and he will tell you why. And, if your special manoeuvres were very well performed, you might be exempt from these test items! This way you have less to worry about during your driving test!

The Pre-exam is not compulsory but recommendable

An interim test is not compulsory. You decide yourself whether you want to take this test or not. However, it is recommendable to do so, since it gives you the chance to get familiar with the real driving test and you might be exempt from performing the special manoeuvres at the exam! This increases your chances to pass your driving test. Also, it gives you a good chance to pre-exam yourself, which helpes you take off the stress when you go for your actual exam.

Special manoeuvres Driving test CBR

On the 1st of January 2008, the CBR has changed the guidelines for the execution of the special manoeuvres for the driving test category B. The basics of the previous guidelines for the special manoeuvres still work perfectly fine with regard to controlling the vehicle, however, with the renewed guidelines the emphasis is on more freedom of choice and independency while carrying out the commands.

Independency

The picture of your capability, insight en behaviour in daily traffic as an examinee has become much clearer because of this new way of examining. Basically, the new way of examining is more connected to the reality -after passing your driving test- where adequate and safe reactions to the ever changing traffic situations are required too.

Which commands are to be expected during your driving test?

  • The turning command

For the turning command, the examiner will command the examinee to follow the road in the opposite direction. The examinee will choose the place and the method to execute this command. The options are: a half turn, a three point turn, reversing round the corner or a combination of these three options. The examinee is supposed to come up with the right solution based on a good assessment of the traffic situation.

  • The parking command

The examiner could also choose a parking command on a road or in a car park. The examinee is supposed to park the car as close to the indicated location as possible. This location could, for instance, be the entrance of a shopping centre. Again, the examinee decides how to carry out the command.

  • The stopping command

Another option is the stopping command. The examinee is supposed to stop as close as possible to the vehicle before him, and to participate in traffic immediately after. This can be done on both the right side as well as the left side of the road. The examinee has to show a proper assessment of the length of the car's nose.

The examiner will chose two of these three options. Besides this, the examiner could randomly ask you to do the hill start. Not only the technical aspect is important when performing the special manoeuvres. The choices that are made before these manoeuvres, such as the location, the timing and the way the command is carried out, are also taken into account.

What to focus on:

  • Keep it calm, take your time, observe and take the right actions;
  • Look for a safe and logical location to carry out your commands, do not make it too difficult for yourself;
  • Be clear to the other road users, if necessary, by using your indicators or hazard warning lights;
  • Try not to obstruct the traffic flows while carrying out the commands; stay on your own side of the road as much as you can;
  • Reverse driving should be avoided as much as possible, except during bay parking etc. Reversing is the least safe and it is hard to keep an overview of the traffic situation;
  • Carefully read the articles of the RVV (54 + 55) below and apply all that is written in these articles while executing the manoeuvres. A proper way of using the indicators provides clarity and is required by you as a driver.

RVV = Regulations of traffic rules and traffic signs Article 54:

Drivers who are about to carry out a special manoeuvre, need to give way to the other road users.

Special manoeuvres are:

  • Driving off;
  • Reversing;
  • Driving onto the road from an exit, or driving into an entry. (It is preferable to give way to the driver coming from the exit);
  • The ongoing lane = driving onto the motorway via the acceleration lane and leaving the ongoing lane via the deceleration lane (in case of a combined acceleration and deceleration lane, it is preferable to give way to the driver leaving the ongoing lane = motorway; this stimulates a free flow of traffic on the motorway);
  • Changing lanes (Make sure to always look over your shoulders and check the 'blind angle');
  • Turning (This also counts when executing the special manoeuvre).

RVV = Regulations of traffic rules and traffic signs Article 55

Drivers of motor vehicles and moped riders have to use their indicators (or arm) in case they:

  • Are about to drive off (every time they start participating in traffic);
  • Want to overtake other drivers of a motor vehicle;
  • Want to leave or drive onto the ongoing lane or motorway;
  • Want to change lanes;
  • Want to move sideways in any other way (as an indication: any overtaking manoeuvre that takes up more than the width of a cyclist).

 

 

Theory Test

You have to study for your CBR Theory Test.
We sell books to study your theory, but keep in mind that we have to order these books for you.
If you think you’re ready to do the test, contact us to plann a day and time slot to take the test in English.
You can’t book it yourself, you always have to do it via a drivingschool.
You’ll be taking this test in your own individual cubicle with a touch screen and will be able to answer questions in time.

 

CBR Theory test-drivinglicense B

The CBR Theory Test for the car licence is divided into two parts, which are separated by a short break. To pass, you must have scored sufficiently for both parts, otherwise the complete test will have to be taken again. These topics are presented to you on several monitors throughout the examination room, showing the relevant picture and the accompanying question, plus answer text blocks, in the language in which you requested to take this test. The two parts are:

The Hazard Perception Theory Test Questions ~ pass mark is 12 out of 25 (car licence only)

Your theory test starts with these 25 photographic questions relating to hazard perception and the recognition of dangers; these questions and answers are not read out. Each photograph shows you looking through the front windscreen of the car you are driving in a certain traffic situation; study the photo carefully and thoroughly for possible dangers. The question will require you to indicate – within 8 seconds – which, out of three, actions you would undertake: to brake, to release the accelerator or to do nothing.

You will be able to see:

  • the speed at which you are driving, displayed on your dashboard;
  • whether a direction indicator warning light is on;
  • possible traffic behind you through the rear view mirror.

 

 

The Standard Theory Test Questions ~ pass mark is 35 out of 40 

After a short break you will start with part two of this theory test, which will cover 30 questions about the traffic regulations/rules and 10 questions relating to insight regarding traffic situations. These questions and answers are read out. These questions are divided into three different types:

  • Multiple choice questions: here you push the buttons marked A, B or C;
  • Yes/No questions: here you simply answere by pushing the “YES” or “NO” button;
  • Open questions: here you’ll need to key-in a certain number, without decimals, yourself, e.g. 50.

The time given for answering these questions – a photo, a picture or a drawing – will depend on the type of question and the choices of answers given; this will vary from 8 to 15 seconds, and starts after you have heard the whole question with the possible answers read out. Remember that only the visible road users, traffic lights, traffic signs and road markings are relevant to the answer!

 

 

The catagories of the CBR test questions:

The 40 or 50 questions of the CBR Driving Theory Test are divided into 25 categories, which are marked by a letter from “A” through to “Z”. Below you will find a chart explaining to which category a specific letter belongs. After this test  you will receive the test result sheet from the examiner. On this sheet you can find the respective categories in which you either: answered wrongly, answered too late or answered not at all. These are the categories which will require extra attention while preparing for your next test!

A: General traffic legislation (Road Traffic Act)
B: Regulations regarding driving entitlements and driving licences
C: Vehicle equipment and design, the loading and towing of the vehicles
D: Technical aspects , maintenance & inspection of vehicles
E: Use of seat belts & helmets and the seating of passengers
F: Environmentally friendly & fuel efficient driving
G: Hazards related to the condition of the driver (tiredness, proficiency, physical and mental condition, alcohol and medications)
H: Hazards related to the driver’s vehicle characteristics and condition
J: Hazards related to the presence & behavior of other road-users
JG: Hazards related to the presence & behavior of other road-users in the hazard perception questions
K: Hazards related to road conditions, visibility & weather circumstances
KG: Hazards related to road conditions, visibility & weather circumstances in the hazard perception questions
L: Behaviour at the scene of accidents & breakdowns en-route
M: Giving way at junctions (perpendicular priority)
N: Giving way when turning-off (parallel priority) & at exits
O: Giving way to the blind or disabled persons & pedestrians
P: Giving way to the emergency services (priority vehicles), military convoys & trams
Q: Performing special manoeuvres & giving way during performing
R: Road placement & positioning
S: Speed
T: Overtaking
U: Stopping and parking
V: Giving signs and signals
W: The use of lights
X: Traffic signs
Y: Traffic lights & indications
Z: Road markings

 

Authorize us before we can apply your driving test

We need your authorization before we can apply your driving test.

 

Go to: mijn.cbr.nl(without www).
On My CBR you can take care of all your arrangements with CBR quickly and easily.
 You must first log in with your own DigiD. Make sure to take the necessary security precautions if using a public computer. When you are finished using My CBR, do not forget to log out.

Driving lessons

At La Blanche, we do not only offer driving lessons for absolute beginners, but we also cater for others in different situations, e.g. when you already have a Dutch driving licence but are still afraid to drive or when you hold a foreign driving licence that cannot be exchanged for a Dutch one.
All courses at our school start with an intake session which takes two hours.

 

The Intake Session

We aim to target all our driving lessons to everyone personally.
For example, if you already have a little driving experience, you will need fewer lessons then someone who has no experience at all. That is why new students at our school always start with an intake session, to determine how quickly you will be able to pick-up on instructions and implement these independently in your driver’s training programme.

This session can be taken in an automatic or manual car and is divided into the following categories with their prices:

Manual car per lesson in a package €39,50(packages starting at 25 lessons till 45 lessons)
Manual car 10 lessoncard 405,00 (10 lessons)
Single lessons €41,50

Automatic car per lesson in a package €41,00(packages starting at 25 lessons till 45 lessons)

Automatic car 10 lessoncard €415,00
Automatic car single lessons €42,50

About CBR

CBR (the Driving Test Organisation) is the Dutch statutory body responsible for the administering of driving tests. Each year CBR holds around half a million theory tests and half a million practical driving tests. CBR operates almost 200 test centers throughout the country. It is only responsible for driving tests; driving instruction in the Netherlands is provided by private driving schools such as ourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Package offer A

Including 10 simulator lessons, drivinglessons, pre-exam and exam!

  • Start with 10 lessons in our driving simulator *
  • 20 drivinglessons of 60 minutes
  • Pre-exam (TTT)
  • Exam

5 lessoncard lessons of 60 minutes €190,00
10 lessoncard of 60 minutes €380,00.

Offer: €1195,00

 Package offer B

27 lessons of 45 minutes, pre-exam and exam.
You can only plan these lessons per 2, in total 1,5hour. 
We reserve 2 lessons for your pre-exam and exam.
Extending with extra lessons is possible. Prices valid after buying a package:

5 lessoncard with lessons of 45 minutes €150,00
10 lessoncard with lessons of 45 minutes €300,00

 Offer: €1195,00

 Package offer C

27 lessons of 60 minutes, Pre-exam and exam.
We reserve 2 lessons for your pre-exam and exam.
Extending with extra lessons is possible. Prices valid after buying a package:

5 lessoncard with lessons of 45 minutes €190,00
10 lessoncard with lessons of 45 minutes €380,00

Offer: €1439,50

 - Package C without Pre-exam including Exam: €1249,50!


*If you choose automatic lessons you pay €2,00 per lesson extra.

 

Manual car per lesson in a package €38,00.
Manual car 10 lessoncard €400,00
Single lessons €41,50

Automatic car per lesson in a package €40,00
Automatic car 10 lessoncard €415,00
Automatic car single lessons €42,50

Packages including pre-exam and exam

Startpackage 10 simulation lessons, 20 lessons in a car, Pre-exam and exam.

Startpackage 27 lessons: € 1439,50 (incl. pre-exam)

 

If you choose for automatic lessons, you pay €1,50 extra per lesson if you take a package.

 

*One lesson takes 60 minutes
*All fees include the 21% VAT.

Apply for the intake session:

To apply for the intake, you have to be 16 1/2 years of age or older and in the possession of a legally accepted and valid form of identification.
Just contact us by phone: 043 - 354 51 02 or by email info@lablanche.nl to book your intake session!

 

Cancellation policy

If you cannot meet your reserved slot, cancel this within at least a clear 72 hours by calling 043-3212121. We will try to book another of our learner drivers for this slot without you losing the test or drivinglesson fee; failing this the total fee will be lost and you will have to apply and pay again, even when you’re sick.

If you want to obtain a Dutch driving licence, please contact us by phone: 043-3212121 or by email: info@lablanche.nl.
When you visit our office, please bring:

-       Agenda

-       School timetable

-       Passport

We hope to see you soon!

Drivingschool La Blanche

Weerhuisweg 5
6226 NC Maastricht

phone: 043 - 354 51 02