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    European Driving Laws and Tips

    Right people ... Here's the basic information we need for the trip. Take note of the Law's. It's up to you to know the law for whatever part of the trip you're going on, I'm just passing the information on.

    Norway
    Drinking and driving:
    If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream exceeds 0.020 per cent severe penalties include heavy fines and / or prison also surrender of driving licence.

    Driving licence:
    Minimum age at which a UK licence holder may drive temporarily imported car 18, motorcycle up to 11kw minimum age 16, 11-25kw 18 and over 25kw 20.

    Fines:
    On-the-spot for infringement of traffic regulations. Vehicles illegally parked may be towed away.

    Fuel:
    Unleaded petrol (95 & 98 octane) and diesel is available, there is limited LPG availability. Petrol in a can permitted but it is forbidden aboard ferries. Credit cards accepted at filling stations, check with your card issuer for usage in Norway before travel.

    Lights:
    Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory.

    Motor Insurance:
    Third-party compulsory.

    Passengers/Children in cars:
    Child under 4 cannot travel as front or rear seat passenger unless seated in a special restraint. Children over 4 must use a special restraint system or a seat belt.

    Seat belts:
    Compulsory for front / rear seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.

    Speed limits:
    Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers: In built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h), outside built-up areas 49 mph (80 km/h) and up to 55 mph or 62 mph (90 km/h, 100km) on motorways.

    Touring Tips/Special features:
    Warning triangle compulsory for all vehicles with more than two wheels. We recommended that visitors equip their vehicle with a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher and set of replacement bulbs. In addition to some road, bridge and tunnel tolls, city tolls are payable by motorists entering Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger and Trondheim. Spiked tyres may be used between the 1st November and the first Sunday after Easter, cars with spiked tyres will be charged a fee by the municipalities of Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, the stickers are available to purchase daily, monthly or yearly. In the three Northern counties Nordland, Troms and Finnmark spiked tyres are permitted from the 15th October to the 1st May. Snow chains may be used on all types of tyres, in the event that there is snow or ice covering the roads winter tyres or any tyres and snow chains must be used. A vehicle towing a caravan must be equipped with special rear view mirrors. Trams always have right of way. The use of radar detectors is forbidden. The wearing of reflectorised jacket / waistcoat is compulsory requirement for residents, whilst this legislation does not apply to foreign registered vehicles we strongly recommended that a reflective jacket be carried and worn if the driver and / or passenger(s) need to exit a vehicle which is immobilised on the carriageway of all motorways and main or busy roads. We recommend the jacket be carried in the passenger compartment of the vehicle (not the boot). Visitors renting a car in Norway will have to make sure the hired vehicle is fitted with a jacket.

    Sweden
    Drinking and driving:
    If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.02 per cent or more severe penalties include fines, withdrawal of licence and / or prison.

    Driving licence:
    Minimum age at which a UK licence holder may drive a temporarily imported car 18, motorcycle 17. NOTE UK driving licences, which do not incorporate a photograph, will not be recognised unless accompanied by photographic proof of identity e.g. passport.

    Fines:
    Police can impose but not collect fines on the spot for minor traffic offences. Fines must be paid at a bank or Svensk Kassaservice within 2-3 weeks. Illegally parked vehicles may be towed away and the release charge is up to 1,400 SEK.

    Fuel:
    Unleaded - Blyfri (95, 96 & 98 octane) and Diesel is available, very limited LPG availability. Petrol in a can permitted (duty + vat payable). Credit cards are accepted at filling stations, check with your card issuer for usage in Sweden before travel.

    Lights:
    Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory. Fines will be imposed for inadequate lighting.

    Motor Insurance:
    Third-party compulsory.

    Passengers/Children in cars:
    It is compulsory for all children up to the age of 7 or smaller than 135cm or smaller to be seated in a special child seat allowing them to use the normal seat belts in the car or use a suitable child restraint for their size / weight. This applies to front and rear seats.

    Seat belts:
    Compulsory for front / rear seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.
    Speed limits: Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers. In built-up areas up to 31 mph (50 km/h), outside built-up areas on minor roads up to 55 mph (90 km/h) and those with a high traffic density; on major roads and motorways up to 74 mph (120 km/h) according to signs. A lower limit of 18 mph (30 km/h) applies in many city centers and built up areas.

    Touring Tips/Special features:
    Warning triangle, first aid kit and fire extinguisher recommended. Beware game (moose, deer, etc – A yellow warning triangle with a red boarder depicts animal most common on a particular stretch of road), as this constitutes a very real danger on many roads. From the 1st Dec to 31st March, when the roads are covered in snow and ice, it is strongly recommended that winter tyres be used, as these are compulsory for vehicles registered in Sweden. Spiked tyres (which must be fitted on all wheels) may be used 1st October to the 30th April. Snow chains may also be used if the weather or road conditions require. Congestion charges in Stockholm do not apply to foreign registered vehicles. The use of radar detectors is strictly forbidden.

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    Denmark
    Drinking and driving:
    If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.05 per cent or more severe penalties include licence suspension, fines or imprisonment depending on the amount of excess.

    Driving licence:
    Minimum age at which a UK licence holder may drive temporarily imported car and/or motorcycle 17.

    Fines:
    On-the-spot. Visitors who infringe traffic regulations can expect to be fined. If the visitor does not accept the fine, the police will take the matter to court to be settled by a judge. The police may retain the vehicle until such time. Vehicles parked against regulations will be taken away by the police at the owner’s expense.

    Fuel:
    Unleaded petrol (95 and 98 octane) and diesel is available, limited availability of LPG. No leaded petrol, a leaded petrol substitute is available called Millennium. Petrol in can permitted but forbidden aboard ferries and Eurotunnel. Credit cards accepted at most filling stations; check with your card issuer for use in Denmark before travel.

    Lights:
    Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory.

    Motorcycles:
    Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory. The wearing of crash helmets with straps is compulsory for both driver and passenger.

    Passengers/children in cars:
    Children under three years must be seated in a restraint system adapted to their size. Children over three and less than 1.35m must be seated in a child restraint system suitable for their height and weight. A child must not be placed in the front seat with their back to the road if the vehicle is fitted with an active airbag.

    Seat belts:
    Compulsory for front/rear-seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.
    Speed limits: Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers; In built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h), outside built-up areas 49 mph (80 km/h) or 55 mph (90 km/h) and motorways 68 mph (110 km/h) or 80 mph (130 km/h).

    Touring Tips/Special features:
    A red warning triangle is compulsory. It is recommended that visitors equip their vehicle with a fire extinguisher and a first-aid kit. Generally there is a duty to give way to traffic approaching from the right. A line of white triangles (shark's teeth) painted across the road indicates that you must stop and give way to traffic on the road you are entering. When roads are wet or slushy, speed must be reduced as far as possible to prevent other road users from being splashed. It is prohibited to use radar detectors. Spiked tyres may be used between 1st November and the 15th April, they must be on all 4 wheels. Right hand drive vehicles must have wing mirrors on both sides of the vehicle.

    Germany
    Drinking and driving:
    If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.049 per cent or more, penalties include fines and the licence holder can be banned from driving in Germany. The blood alcohol level is nil percent for drivers aged under 21 or drivers who have held their licence for less than 2 years, should even a small amount of alcohol be detected in the blood the fine is €125.

    Driving licence:
    Minimum age at which a UK licence holder may drive temporarily imported car and/or motorcycle 18.

    Fines:
    On-the-spot fine or deposit. Motorists can be fined for such things as exceeding speed limits, using abusive language, making derogatory signs and running out of petrol on a motorway. Wheel clamps are not used in Germany but vehicles causing obstruction can be towed away.

    Fuel:
    Unleaded petrol (95 and 98 octane), diesel and LPG available. No leaded petrol (lead substitute additive available). Petrol in can permitted but forbidden aboard ferries and Eurotunnel. Credit cards accepted at most filling stations; check with your card issuer for usage in Germany before travel.

    Lights:
    It is recommended to use dipped headlights at all times. It is compulsory during daylight hours if fog, snow or rain restrict visibility. Driving with sidelights (parking lights) alone is not allowed. Vehicles must have their lights on in tunnels.

    Motor insurance:
    Third-party compulsory.

    Passengers/children in cars: A child less than 1.5m travelling in any type of vehicle must be seated in a child seat or child restraint. Where a child restraint / seat is not available, a child three years and over must travel in the rear seat of the vehicle using a seat belt or other safety device attached to the seat. A child under three years old may not be transported in a vehicle without a suitable child restraint/seat. It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that all children are safely restrained.
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    Seat belts:
    Compulsory for front and rear seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.

    Speed limits:
    Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers: In built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h), outside built-up areas 62 mph (100 km/h) and on dual carriageways and motorways a recommended maximum of 80 mph (130 km/h). Minimum speed on motorways: 37 mph (60 km/h). Different speed limits apply in bad weather conditions. The maximum speed limit for vehicles with snow chains is 31mph (50 km/h).

    Special features:
    It is not compulsory for visiting UK motorists to carry a warning triangle, but they are strongly advised to do so, as its use is compulsory. It is also recommended that vehicles weighing more than 3.5t carry a yellow portable flashing light. It is recommended that visitors equip their vehicle with a first-aid kit and set of replacement bulbs. Slow-moving vehicles must stop at suitable places and let others pass. It is prohibited to overtake or pass a school bus that has stopped in a built up area to let passengers on or off, a fine will be imposed for non-compliance. Spiked tyres and the use of radar detectors are prohibited.
    All motorists have the obligation to adapt their vehicles to winter weather conditions. This includes but is not limited to winter tyres and anti-freeze fluid for the washer system. Extreme weather may additionally require snow chains. The law does not specify which type of tyre is 'appropriate' the general opinion is that any type of tyre except summer tyres is appropriate, including all-year tyres. Winter tyres must bear the mark M&S or display the snowflake on the side wall. Motorists, whose car is equipped with summer tyres while there is snow and ice, may not take the car on the road. Motorists in violation face fines of €20. If they actually obstruct traffic, the fine is €40.
    From 1st January 2008, restrictions on the circulation of vehicles will be introduced in several German cities, in order to reduce the levels of emission of fine particulates in some areas. The areas where restrictions apply will be indicated by signs showing coloured vignettes ("Plakette") - green, yellow or red. To enter these areas, drivers will have to stick a vignette on their vehicle windscreen, this can be obtained from technical inspection centres or approved garages, fine for non-compliance €40.00. The owner of the vehicle (German or foreign) is required to present the registration certificate of the vehicle and pay a fee of 5 to 10 Euros. The colour of the vignette issued will depend on the type of engine and the Euro classification of the vehicle. The fee is a ‘one-off’ charge and remains valid as long as it remains fixed in the vehicle.
    Owners of foreign-registered vehicles can obtain a sticker by sending an email to the Berlin vehicle registration authority at kfz-zulassung@labo.verwalt-berlin.de attaching a copy of the vehicle registration certificate specifying the emission code or a manufacturer’s certificate (preferably pdf files). Upon verification of the documents, the registration authority will send a payment request by advance email including the bank

    Touring Tips
    details to the applicant. A €6 administration/handling fee will be charged per sticker. The sticker will be sent to the applicant by direct mail. As order processing may take two to three weeks, stickers should be ordered well in advance. Alternatively you can now obtain a sticker from the Cologne vehicle registration office by sending an application including a copy of the vehicle documents and €5 (cash or crossed cheque) to Kfz-Zulassungsstelle, Max-Glomsda-Straße 4, D-51105 Köln. For further information, visit
    http://www.stadt-koeln.de/bol/umwelt...ndex.html#sm16
    Provisional calendar of entry into force of "environmental zones" in 2008: 1st January 08 Berlin and Hannover. Hannover, foreign registered vehicles are exempt for 2008. 1st March 08 Ilsfeld, Cologne, Leonberg, Mannheim, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Stuttgart and Tübingen 1st July 08 Pleidelsheim 1st October 08 Munich For maps and detailed information, please see http://www.umweltbundesamt.de/umweltzonen

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    Belgium
    Drinking and driving:
    If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.05 per cent or more (0.02% for bus/coach drivers), severe penalties include fine, imprisonment and / or confiscation of driving licence. Saliva drug tests will be used to detect drivers under the influence of drugs – severe penalties as above.
    Driving licence: Minimum age at which a UK licence holder may drive temporarily imported car 18, motorcycle (up to 80cc) 16, motorcycle (over 80cc) 18.

    Fines:
    On-the-spot fines or 'deposits' are severe. An official receipt should be issued. Vehicles parking contrary to regulations may be towed away and impounded.

    Fuel:
    Unleaded petrol (95 & 98 octane), diesel (Gazole) and LPG available. No leaded petrol (lead replacement petrol “Super carburant” available or lead substitute additive). Petrol in a can is permitted but forbidden by ferry and Eurotunnel operators. Credit cards accepted at most filling stations; check with your card issuer for usage in France & Monaco before travel. There are now many automatic petrol pumps operated by credit / debit card however, cards issued abroad are not always accepted by these pumps.

    Lights:
    Dipped headlights must be used in poor daytime visibility. It is highly recommended by the French Government that 4+-wheeled vehicles use dipped headlights day and night (already compulsory for motorcycles).

    Motor Insurance:
    Third-party compulsory.

    Passengers/Children in cars:
    Children under the age of 10 are not permitted to travel on the front seats of vehicles, unless there are no rear seats or the rear seats are already occupied with children under 10 or there are no seat belts. In these circumstances a child must not be placed in the front seats with their back to the road if the vehicle is fitted with a passenger airbag, unless it is deactivated. They must travel in an approved child seat or restraint adapted to their size. A baby up to 13kg must be carried in a rear facing baby seat. A child between 9 and 18kg must be seated in a child seat and a child from 15kg up to 10 years can use a booster seat with a seat belt or a harness. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure all passengers under 18 are appropriately restrained.

    Seat belts:
    Compulsory for front/rear seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.

    Speed limits:
    Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers. In built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h), outside built-up areas 55 mph (90 km/h), but 68 mph (110 km/h) on urban motorways and dual carriageways separated by a central reservation and 80 mph (130 km/h) on motorways. Lower speed limits of 49 mph (80 km/h) outside built-up areas,

    Touring Tips:
    62 mph (100 km/h) on dual carriageways and 68 mph (110 km/h) on motorways apply in wet weather and to visiting motorists who have held a driving licence for less than two years. Additionally, speed limits are reduced on stretches of motorways in built up areas. Minimum speed limit on motorways 49mph (80km/h).
    NOTE Holders of EU driving licences exceeding speed limit by more than 40 km/h will have their licences confiscated on the spot by the police.
    Special features: Warning triangle or hazard warning lights compulsory (recommended that a warning triangle always be carried). It is recommended that visitors equip their vehicle with a set of replacement bulbs. Snow chains must be fitted to vehicles using snow-covered roads in compliance with the relevant road sign. In built-up areas give way to traffic coming from the right “priorité a droite”. At signed roundabouts bearing the words "Vous n'avez pas la priorité" or "Cédez le passage" traffic on the roundabout has priority; where no such sign exists traffic entering the roundabout has priority. In built up areas the use of the horn is prohibited except in cases of immediate danger.
    It is recommended to wear a reflective jacket when exiting a vehicle which is stopped on the carriageway or on the side of a road outside a built up area.
    It is absolutely prohibited to carry, transport or use radar detectors. Failure to comply with this regulation involves a fine of up to 1500 Euros and the vehicle may be confiscated.

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    Holland
    Drinking and driving:
    If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream over 0.05 per cent, severe penalties include fine, withdrawal of driving licence, fine and imprisonment. The lower limit of 0.02 per cent applies to new drivers for the first five years and moped riders up to the age of 24.

    Driving licence:
    Minimum age at which a UK licence holder may drive a temporarily imported car and/or motorcycle 18.

    Fines:
    On-the-spot. In the case of illegal parking the police can impose on-the-spot fines or tow the vehicle away.

    Fuel:
    Unleaded petrol (95 and 98 octane), diesel and LPG (Autogas) is available. No leaded petrol (lead substitute petrol available as 'super' 98 octane). Petrol in a can permitted but it is forbidden aboard ferries and Eurotunnel. Credit cards accepted at most filling stations; check with your card issuer for use in Netherlands before travel.

    Lights:
    The use of dipped headlights during the day is recommended. At night it is prohibited to drive with only sidelights.

    Motor insurance:
    Third-party compulsory.

    Passengers/children in cars:
    Children up to the age of 18 and less than 1.35m in height cannot travel as a front or rear seat passenger unless using a suitable restraint system adapted to their size. Suitable child restraint systems must meet the safety approval of ECE 44/03 or 44/04. If the vehicle is not fitted with rear seat belts children under 3 are not permitted to travel in the vehicle. Children under 3 are permitted to travel in the front seats if using a rear facing child seat with the airbag deactivated (if fitted). If the vehicle's front seats are not fitted with seat belts only passengers measuring 1.35m or more may travel in the front seat.

    Seat belts:
    Compulsory for front- and rear-seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.
    Speed limits: Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers: In built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h), outside built-up areas

    Touring Tips:
    49 mph (80 km/h) or 62 mph (100 km/h) and motorways 74 mph (120 km/h). No minimum speed on motorways.

    Special features:
    Warning triangle or hazard warning lights must be used in case of accident or breakdown (recommended that warning triangle always be carried). Buses have right of way when leaving bus stops in built-up areas. Trams have right of way except when crossing a priority road. Beware of large numbers of cyclists and skaters. Spiked tyres are prohibited. Vehicles can be confiscated in cases of heavy excess of speed and drink driving. The use of a radar detector is prohibited, if a person is caught using such a device by the police the radar detector will be confiscated and you will be fined €250. Horns should not be used at night and in moderation during the day.
    Give way to traffic coming onto the roundabout, and when turning right do a lifesaver so make sure you havent got a scooter/cyclist coming up the inside on a cycle path.
    Last edited by biteme; 09-03-2008 at 11:50.

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    Switzerland
    Drinking and driving:
    If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.05 per cent or more, severe penalties include fine or prison. The police may request any driver to undergo a breath test or drugs test. Visiting motorists may be forbidden from driving in Switzerland for a minimum of two months.

    Driving licence:
    Minimum age at which a UK licence holder may drive temporarily imported car 18, motorcycle (50-125cc) 16, motorcycle (125cc or over) 18.

    Fines:
    On-the-spot fines imposed in certain cases. Vehicle clamps are not used in Switzerland but vehicles causing an obstruction can be removed.

    Fuel:
    Unleaded petrol (95 and 98 octane) and Diesel (Gasoil) is available. No leaded petrol (lead substitute additive available). There is limited LPG availability (only eight outlets). Petrol in a can permitted. Credit card acceptance variable, especially at night due to automatic pumps not recognizing UK card PIN; check with your card issuer for usage in Switzerland and Liechtenstein before travel. Some automatic pumps accept bank notes.

    Lights:
    Use of dipped headlights during the day recommended for all vehicles. Compulsory when passing through tunnels even if they are well lit, a fine will be imposed for non-compliance.

    Motor insurance:
    Third-party compulsory.

    Passengers/children in cars:
    Vehicles registered outside Switzerland, i.e. visiting Switzerland must comply with the requirements of their country of registration with regard to child restraint regulations.

    Seat belts:
    Compulsory for front and rear seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.

    Speed limits:
    Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles with or without trailers; In built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h), outside built-up areas 49 mph (80 km/h), semi-motorways 62 mph (100 km/h) and 74 mph (120 km/h) on motorways. Minimum speed on motorways: 49 mph (80 km/h). NOTE Towing cars on motorway only permitted up to next exit at a maximum speed of 24 mph (40 km/h).

    Touring Tips/Special features:
    Warning triangle compulsory, this must be kept within easy reach (not in the boot). Hitchhiking prohibited on motorways and semi-motorways. The Swiss authorities levy an annual motorway tax and a vehicle sticker (costing CHF40 for vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes maximum total weight and known locally as a 'vignette') must be displayed in the prescribed manner by each vehicle (including motorcycles, trailers and caravans) using Swiss motorways and semi-motorways. The fine for non-display of the vignette is the cost of vignette(s) plus CHF100. Motorists may purchase the stickers in UK (telephone the Swiss Centre on free-phone 00800 100 20030 for information) or in Switzerland from customs offices at the frontier or service stations and garages throughout the country. Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes maximum total weight are taxed on all roads; coaches and caravans pay a fixed tax for periods of one day, 10 days, one month or one year but lorries are taxed on weight and distance travelled. Radar detectors prohibited even if not switched on. All vehicles with spiked tyres are prohibited on motorways and semi motorways except for certain parts of the A13 and A2. Snow tyres are not compulsory, however vehicles which are not equipped to travel through snow and which impede traffic are liable to a fine. Snow chains are compulsory in areas where indicated by the appropriate road sign. They must be fitted on at least two drive wheels. Drivers who are involved in an accident who decide not to call the police must complete a European Accident Claim Form. During daylight hours outside built up areas drivers must sound their horns before sharp bends where visibility is limited, after dark this warning must be given by flashing headlights. In Switzerland, pedestrians generally have right of way and expect vehicles to stop. Some pedestrians may just step in to the road and will expect your vehicle to stop.

    France
    Drinking and driving:
    If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.05 per cent or more (0.02% for bus/coach drivers), severe penalties include fine, imprisonment and / or confiscation of driving licence. Saliva drug tests will be used to detect drivers under the influence of drugs – severe penalties as above.

    Driving licence:
    Minimum age at which a UK licence holder may drive temporarily imported car 18, motorcycle (up to 80cc) 16, motorcycle (over 80cc) 18.

    Fines:
    On-the-spot fines or 'deposits' are severe. An official receipt should be issued. Vehicles parking contrary to regulations may be towed away and impounded.

    Fuel:
    Unleaded petrol (95 & 98 octane), diesel (Gazole) and LPG available. No leaded petrol (lead replacement petrol “Super carburant” available or lead substitute additive). Petrol in a can is permitted but forbidden by ferry and Eurotunnel operators. Credit cards accepted at most filling stations; check with your card issuer for usage in France & Monaco before travel. There are now many automatic petrol pumps operated by credit / debit card however, cards issued abroad are not always accepted by these pumps.

    Lights:
    Dipped headlights must be used in poor daytime visibility. It is highly recommended by the French Government that 4+-wheeled vehicles use dipped headlights day and night (already compulsory for motorcycles).
    Motorcycles: Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory. Wearing of crash helmets compulsory for both driver and passenger of any two-wheel motorised vehicle.

    Motor Insurance:
    Third-party compulsory.

    Passengers/Children in cars:
    Children under the age of 10 are not permitted to travel on the front seats of vehicles, unless there are no rear seats or the rear seats are already occupied with children under 10 or there are no seat belts. In these circumstances a child must not be placed in the front seats with their back to the road if the vehicle is fitted with a passenger airbag, unless it is deactivated. They must travel in an approved child seat or restraint adapted to their size. A baby up to 13kg must be carried in a rear facing baby seat. A child between 9 and 18kg must be seated in a child seat and a child from 15kg up to 10 years can use a booster seat with a seat belt or a harness. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure all passengers under 18 are appropriately restrained.

    Seat belts:
    Compulsory for front/rear seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.

    Speed limits:
    Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers. In built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h), outside built-up areas 55 mph (90 km/h), but 68 mph (110 km/h) on urban motorways and dual carriageways separated by a central reservation and 80 mph (130 km/h) on motorways. Lower speed limits of 49 mph (80 km/h) outside built-up areas,

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    62 mph (100 km/h) on dual carriageways and 68 mph (110 km/h) on motorways apply in wet weather and to visiting motorists who have held a driving licence for less than two years. Additionally, speed limits are reduced on stretches of motorways in built up areas. Minimum speed limit on motorways 49mph (80km/h).
    NOTE Holders of EU driving licences exceeding speed limit by more than 40 km/h will have their licences confiscated on the spot by the police.
    Special features: Warning triangle or hazard warning lights compulsory (recommended that a warning triangle always be carried). It is recommended that visitors equip their vehicle with a set of replacement bulbs. Snow chains must be fitted to vehicles using snow-covered roads in compliance with the relevant road sign. In built-up areas give way to traffic coming from the right “priorité a droite”. At signed roundabouts bearing the words "Vous n'avez pas la priorité" or "Cédez le passage" traffic on the roundabout has priority; where no such sign exists traffic entering the roundabout has priority. In built up areas the use of the horn is prohibited except in cases of immediate danger.
    It is recommended to wear a reflective jacket when exiting a vehicle which is stopped on the carriageway or on the side of a road outside a built up area.
    It is absolutely prohibited to carry, transport or use radar detectors. Failure to comply with this regulation involves a fine of up to 1500 Euros and the vehicle may be confiscated.

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    Italy
    Drinking and driving:
    If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.051 per cent or more, severe penalties include fines, confiscation of vehicle and imprisonment.

    Driving licence:
    Minimum age at which a UK licence holder may drive temporarily imported car and/or motorcycle (over 125cc or with passenger) 18. All valid UK driving licences should be accepted in Italy. This includes the older all-green style UK licences (in Northern Ireland older paper style with photographic counterpart) although the EC appreciates that these may be more difficult to understand and that drivers may wish to voluntarily update them before travelling abroad, if time permits. Application form D1 (in Northern Ireland DL1) is available from most Post Offices. Alternatively, older licences may be accompanied by an International Driving Permit (IDP).
    Fines: On-the-spot. Fines are particularly heavy for speeding offences. The police can impose the fine and collect 1 quarter of the maximum fine, and must give a receipt for the amount of the fine paid. Illegally parked vehicles can be clamped or towed away and a fine imposed.

    Fuel:
    Unleaded petrol (95 and 98 octane), diesel (Gasolio) and LPG is available. No leaded petrol (lead substitute additive available). Petrol in a can permitted. Credit cards accepted at most filling stations; check with your card issuer for usage in Italy & San Marino before travel.

    Lights:
    Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory outside built-up areas and during snow and rain / poor visibility. Rear fog lights may only be used when visibility is less than 50 metres or in case of strong rain or intense snow. Lights must be switched on in tunnels.

    Motor Insurance:
    Third-party compulsory.

    Passengers/Children in cars:
    Children less than 1.5m have to use a suitable restraint system or an adaptor for a seat belt. Where no restraint system is available children aged 3 or under are not permitted to travel. Children over 3 years of age should travel on the rear seats, they are permitted to travel on the front seats if they are taller than 1.5m.

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    A child must not be seated in a restraint system with their back to the road if the vehicle is fitted with an airbag, unless it is deactivated.

    Seat belts:
    Compulsory for front / rear seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.

    Speed limits:
    Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers: In built-up areas 31mph (50km/h), outside built-up areas 55mph (90km/h) on ordinary roads, 68mph (110km/h) on dual carriageways and 80mph (130km/h) on motorways. NOTE in wet weather lower speed limits of 55mph (90km/h) apply on dual carriageways and 68mph (110km/h) on motorways. Restrictions apply if vehicles are using spiked tyres.

    Special features: Warning triangle compulsory (for all vehicles with more than two wheels). It is recommended that visitors equip their vehicles with a set of replacement bulbs. Any vehicle with an overhanging load (e.g. carrying bicycle at rear) must display reflectorised square panel, a fine may be imposed if the sign is not displayed. STOP PRESS: The wearing of reflectorised jacket / waistcoat compulsory if driver and / or passenger(s) exits vehicle which is immobilised on the carriageway at night or in poor visibility. Tolls are levied on the majority of motorways. In built up areas the use of the horn is prohibited except in cases of immediate danger. In the area of Val d’Aosta, vehicles must be equipped with winter tyres or snow chains from the 15th October until the 15th April. The transportation or use of radar detectors is prohibited, violation of this regulation will result in a fine between 708 and 2834 Euros and confiscation of the device.

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    on a side note for holland, when i lived there some of the roundabouts you had to give way to traffic coming onto the roundabout, and when turning right do a lifesaver so make sure you havent got a scooter/cyclist coming up the inside on a cycle path

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    ooh the joys of driving abroad!!

    Cheers for that Gaz, good info. I'll add that to the dutch section!

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    Also, if driving in the area near the 'Ring the police sometimes pull you for noise. i got stopped with 2 friends last year. on the spot fines for the other 2 i got away with it for having an older bike and no baffle facility. thing is the police had also pulled a local golf.

    his zorst wasnt particularly loud but he still got a fine!

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    also if near the ring they put gravel on the bends i hear to slow people down who are going to and from it, also some race tracks have a decibel level test as well if over the limit even by a smidge they will not let u on the track.

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