I wonder can I keep my Dutch driver's license after I move away from the Netherlands?
I have a NY license now that I cannot exchange for a Dutch one. So I have to decide whether to do the lesson and exam exam, or just drive illegal for a year. If I do go thru with the lessons and exam, then it would be a shame to just throw away the license after one year. In fact I don't want to bother with all the headache to get legal if it is just for one year. I'd like to keep the Dutch license after I leave in case I go another EU country and can simply exchange it there.
What do Dutch people do when they move oversees? They must be keeping their licenses. I should be able to do the same.
And then what happens when the license expires, can I renew it even if I am not resident in the Netherlands?
If I can keep it, what do I have to do? Pay an annual fee? Pay a few only upon renewal?
If there is no public transport stop close by you workplace, this is how the locals do it. Buy a cheap bike and a strong lock. Keep it at the bike stand by the bus stop/train station each night (yes, almost every single bus stop has a bike stand), and ride it from the stop to your workplace each morning. If there's truely no public transport, I'm sure you'd find a colleague willing to drop you closeby the stop - I know I do this for new colleagues and I can't be the only one.
Thanks for the info. Actually my employer promised to apply for 30% when I was recruited and is now refusing. "We don't do that" "I don't know who told you that" etc. This is one of the reasons I plan to leave in less than 1 year. Expecting to get the 30%, I bought a car and started driving. Without the 30% I also discovered that the Dutch government will tax me on all my worldwide income, including my US social security and pension accurals. So I guess I feel very screwed over.
I do understand this - I find them partiuclarly vigilant in backtracking on anything that isn't in writing, which is why I always try to tell expats, get the 'apply for 30% rule' written firmly into their contract of employment (same for any other contracts where verbal promises are made). Get the forms yourself from the belastingdienst (Heerlen) and see if you can negotiate a signature out of it. Tell them that without it, you can't drive to work, so they sign the form (enabling you to exchange licence) or you'll have to work from home and have all client meeting transport arranged via taxi. This will scare the **** out of them and should have the desired effect.
BTW I don't care what Dutch people do. I am not wearing a suit on a bike in the rain to a meeting with a Fortune 500 company client. Last time I took a bus I was 45 minutes late because the first two buses never came. How will I ever get a client that way?
Suits-on-bikes are entirely normal, I'm afraid. (As are badly matching shoes/suit/tie combinations). I understand you not wanting to lose business, but if you're willing to do that outside the law, I'm afraid we won't see eye-to-eye on that. If you're within your first 2 months, you can probably end the trial yourself (check the black-on-white) if you want to leave: alternatively, develop a stress related illness and get paid while at home while finding something else. I don't think I can help you further, I just know that working the system and working outside the system may have similar effects, but one is legal.