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Be especially careful when setting off from service
stations or restaurants on the left side of the road.
Take care when overtaking - allow more space
between you and the car in front so you can see further down the road ahead.
Austria has strict drink driving laws,
only allowing 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood - stricter than
the UK where the limit is 0.8.
Seat belts front and rear are obligatory everywhere.
Speed limits, shown below, are implemented rigorously.
Radar traps are frequent in Austria, and heavy on-the-spot fines can be levied.
Remember - Speeding and other traffic offences
are subject to on-the-spot fines.
When approaching a roundabout give way to traffic
already on the roundabout, on your left, unless signed otherwise.
A full UK driving licence is required. As in the
UK, seat belts should be worn front and rear. Below are motoring regulations relating
If you intend to use Austrian
motorways and expressways you vehicle must display a motorway
tax sticker (vignette). These stickers,
valid for a year, two months or 10 days, can be purchased at many petrol stations
close to the border in neighbouring countries, at the frontier in Austria, or in
AMTC offices. Cost 2007 for a car 10 days euro 7.60 or 2 months euro 21.80.
Visibility vests must be worn
if walking on a motorway, or anywhere if broken down under a red warning triangle,
or on the highway in bad visibility.
in cars: child under 12 and 1.5 metres in height cannot travel as front or rear
passenger unless they use a suitable restraint system.
Documentation: always carry
your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5), and certificate of motor
insurance. If your licence does not incorporate a photograph ensure you carry your
passport to validate the licence. If the vehicle is not registered in your name,
carry a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to drive.
and driving: Don't do it. You will be fined if the level of alcohol in the
bloodstream is between 0.05 per cent and 0.08 per cent. Over this level and you
will incur a fine and/or suspension of driving licence.
vehicles: It is mandatory to clear space for emergency vehicles on dual
carriageways whenever traffic stops, even in a normal traffic jam. The space to
be cleared is to the left of the outside lane, so drivers in the outside lane must
drive as far to the left as possible while other drivers drive to the right.
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Fines: On the spot fines are issued. Ensure an official receipt is issued
by the officer collecting the fine.
kit must be carried.
Fuel: All grades of unleaded petrol, diesel and LPG are available as well
as lead substitute additive. It is allowed to carry petrol in a can. Credit and
debit cards are widely accepted, although they probably won't work at automatic
pumps. At many garages in rural areas only automatic pumps are available at lunch
time, during the evening and weekend, so make sure you're topped up. It's
a good idea to let your card issuer know you will be travelling abroad. This ensures
they don't suspend your card if they spot it being used in unfamiliar places,
which they sometimes do as an anti-fraud measure.
sticker: UK registered vehicles displaying Euro-plates (circle of 12
stars above the national identifier on blue background) no longer need a GB sticker
when driving in European Union countries.
Headlamp converters are
Dipped headlights are advised during daylight in poor weather and must be used during
the day at all times by motorcycles.
age for driving, provided you hold a full UK licence, is 18 for a car, 18 for
a motorcycle over 50cc, and 16 for a motorcycle under 50cc.
Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear crash helmets.
Motor insurance: third-party insurance is compulsory. A green card is not
required but your insurer should be advised of your trip.
Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat occupants, if fitted.
it is compulsory to carry chains in Austria during winter, and if you do not fit
them when conditions demand the police can prevent you continuing your journey.
Snow chains on summer tyres can be used as an alternative to winter tyres when the
road is covered with snow deep enough that the chains do not damage the road. The
problem is that because of excellent snow-clearing, these conditions are not common
so winter tyres are in effect mandatory. If snow chains are used they should be
removed as soon as conditions allow so as not to damage the road surface. Click
for general information
on winter tyres and snow chains.
Visibility Vests are now compulsory in Austria.
They are also compulsory in Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Spain (and
likely to become compulsory throughout the EU). The rules vary from
country to country concerning number of vests required and whether they should be
carried in the car or boot. Common sense suggests that there should be a vest for
every occupant, and that the vests should be carried in the car, and put on before
getting out. Do this and you will not have a problem.
triangle is compulsory.
or all-season tyres marked M&S/mud and snow are required by law from November
1st until April 15th when driving in bad weather - defined as snow, mud or ice.
On a lengthy journey such as from the UK to go skiing in the mountains it is impossible
to be certain whether you will encounter wintery conditions. So if you want to go
skiing with your car in those countries you really should purchase a set of winter
tyres. Tyres must have a minimum tread depth of 3mm.
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