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TRAFFIC REGULATIONS IN VARIOUS EUROPEAN COUNTRIES


Date: 20/02/2013
Source: A.C.C.A.W.

It is mandatory to keep your lights on at all times when driving in the following countries: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Italy (on motorways), Finland, Poland, Norway, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden and Lithuania. This regulation applies in Latvia between 1 September and 1 April.
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits: In general a BAC of 0.5mg/ml maximum is tolerated. Efforts are being made to standardise legislation throughout Europe but there are a number of countries that still maintain their own BAC limits.
Other BAC limits in Europe are:
0 mg/ml – Estonia, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary
0.2 mg/ml – Poland, Sweden
0.4 mg/ml – Lithuania
0.8 mg/ml – Ireland, Great Britain, Malta
0.9 mg/ml – Cyprus
It is essential to respect the legal limit because penalties for exceeding the BAC limit are severe in all countries.

Using a mobile phone while driving is strictly forbidden in all European countries. Fines can be as high as € 300 (Spain).

The wearing of seat belts is compulsory in all European countries.

In Europe vehicles drive on the left in Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta.

In Portugal it is forbidden to transport a bike on the rear of your car.

In Europe you must leave a 5 m. gap between your parked vehicle and a pedestrian crossing, apart from Switzerland where you must leave 10 m.

In Belgium and Portugal you may not park within 20 m. of normal traffic lights.

Parking in central Florence is forbidden between 7am and 6.30pm and in central Rome between 7am and 8 pm.

In Belgium you are obliged to carry a fire extinguisher in your car and in Spain, Denmark and Italy you must have a spare set of light bulbs.