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Are you abiding by the law ? What are the regulations on European roads ?


Cross our borders with peace of mind

There are numerous people crossing borders, particularly in this summer period.

Unfortunately, the Highway Code varies from country to country in terms of such things as speed limits, permitted alcohol levels, daytime driving with dipped beam and the obligation to drive using winter tyres. It is difficult to cope with this and avoid fines (all the more so as numerous countries now pass offences on !)

In order to save money and focus on safety, we have identified the highway regulations in force in the European Union and in bordering countries for you (information regarding driving in passenger class vehicles, for information purposes)

You will also find the list of the main useful numbers in the event of a hitch. Remember that 112 is the European emergency number and it is FREE.

Have a look at the table below and enjoy peaceful and safe driving.

 

 

 
CountrySpeed Limit

 (km/h)

U: urban roads

NU: non-urban roads

E/M: expressways/motorways

Alcohol Limit
Daytime running light mandatory use

 

 

Winter tyres mandatory use

 

 

 Car tax sticker

 Emergency number

 France

 

U: 50

NU: 90

E/M: 110/130 (100/110 in wet conditions)

<0.5NONONO

Emergency number: 112

Fire: 18

Hospital based Ambulance(SAMU): 15

Police: 17

Germany

U: 50

NU: 100

E/M: - /130 (non mandatory but recommended)

<0.5

0 for novice drivers (below the age of 21 or in probationary period of 2 years)

 NOYESNO

Emergency number:

112

Police:

110 

Austria

U: 50

NU: 100

E/M: - /130

<0.5

<0.1 for novice drivers (in probationary period of 2 years)

YESYES

YES

(weekly, bi-monthly or annual)

Emergency number: 112

Fire: 122

Rescue: 120

Police: 133

 Belgium

U: 50

NU: 90

E/M: 120
<0.5NONONO

Fire & Ambulance: 100 ou 112

Police:

101

 Bulgaria

U: 50

NU: 90

E/M: 120/140
<0.5YESNONO

Emergency number: 112

Fire: 93

Hospital based Ambulance: 94

Troubleshooting: 987

 Cyprus

U: 50

NU: 80

E/M: - /100
<0.22NONONOEmergency number: 112
 Croatia

U: 50

NU: 90

E/M: - /130

<0.5

0 for novice drivers

OUI

during winter time

OUINO

Emergency number:112

Fire: 193

Ambulance: 194

Police: 192

Denmark

U: 50

NU: 80

E/M: - /130
<0.5

YES

according to weather conditions

NONONFire & Ambulance: 112
 Spain

U: 50

NU: 90

E/M: 100/120

<0.5

<0.3 for novice drivers

YES

according to weather conditions

NONO

Emergency number: 112

Ambulance: 061

Fire: 080

Police: 091

Estonia

U: 50

NU: 90

E/M: - /110 (90 in winter time)
<0.2YES

YES

1st Dec-1st March

NO

Emergency number: 112

Police: 110

Finland

U: 50

NU: 80

E/M: 120 (100 in winter time)
<0.22YESYESNO

Emergency number:112

 

Greece

U: 50

NU: 90

E/M: 110/130

<0.5

<0.2

 

NONONO

Emergency number:112

Police: 100

Hospital based Ambulance: 166

Fire: 199

Hungary

U: 50

NU: 90

E/M: 110/130
tolérance 0

YES

in non-urban roads

NONO

Emergency number:112

Fire: 105

Police: 107

IrelandU: 50

NU: 80

E/M: -/120

<0.5

<0.2 for novice drivers

 YESNONOEmergency number:112 or 999 (999 North Ireland)
Italy

U: 50

NU: 90

E/M: -/130

<0.5

0 for novice drivers

YES

in non-urban roads

YESNO

Emergency number:112

Fire: 115

Police: 113

Ambulance: 118

Latvia

U: 50

NU: 90

E/M: -

<0.5

<0.2

YES

YES

1st Dec-1st March

NO

Fire and first aid: 01

Police: 02

Ambulance: 03

Lithuania

U: 50

NU: 90

E/M: 110 (summer) and 100 (winter)/130 (summer) and 110 (winter)

<0.4

<0.2

YES

YES

10th Nov-31st March

NO

Fire & First aid: 01

Police: 02

Ambulance: 03
LuxembourgU: 50

NU: 90

E/M: -/130 and 110 in wet conditions

<0.5

<0.2 for novice drivers

NO

YES

according to weather conditions

NO

Emergency number:112

Police:  113

Malta

U: 50

NU: 80

E/M: -
<0.8NONONO

Fire: 199

Ambulance: 196

Police: 191

NetherlandsU: 50

NU: 80

E/M: 100/130

<0.5

<0.2 for novice drivers (in probationary period of 5 years)

NONONOEmergency number: 112
PolandU: 50

NU: 90

E/M: 120/140
<0.2 YESNONO

Emergency number: 112

Police: 997

Fire: 998

Ambulance: 999

PortugalU: 50

NU: 90

E/M: 100/120
<0.5 NONONOEmergency number:112
Czech Republic
U: 50

NU: 90

E/M: -/130
YES

YES

1st Nov-31st March when snow or ice

NO

Emergency number:112

Police: 158

Fire: 150

Ambulance: 155

RomaniaU: 50

NU: 90

E/M: 130

YES

in non-urban roads

YES

when snow or ice

NO

Emergency number:112

Fire: 981

Ambulance: 961

Police: 955

United Kingdom
U: 48 (30 miles/h)

NU: 97 (60 miles/h)

E/M: 112 (70 miles/h)
<0.8 NONONOEmergency number:112 or 999
SlovakiaU: 50

NU: 90

E/M: 130
0YES

YES

when snow or ice

NO

Emergency number:112

Fire: 150

Ambulance: 155

Police: 158

SloveniaU: 50

NU: 90

E/M: 110/130

<0.5

0 for novice drivers

YES

YES

15th Nov-15th March

NO

Emergency number:112

Police: 113

SwedenU: 50

NU: 70

E/M: 110
<0.2 YES

YES

1st Dec-31st March

NO

Emergency number:112

SwitzerlandU: 50

NU: 80

E/M: 100/120
<0.5 YESNO

YES

40 Swiss Francs

Emergency number:112

Fire: 118

Police: 117

Rescue: 140

Ambulance:

144 

 Sources: European Commission