Children in cars: Children under 12 cannot travel in the front unless using 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.
Drinking and driving: Don't
do it. Over 0.08 per cent and you could face anything up to imprisonment.
First-aid kit is advised, but not compulsory.
Fuel: All grades of petrol, diesel and LPG are available as well as lead replacement petrol (LRP). It is allowed to carry petrol in a can. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. 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.
GB 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 not required for GB cars as in Ireland you drive on the left.
Horns not to be used between 23:30 hrs and 07:00 hrs.
Lights: dipped headlights must be used in poor daytime visibility. Motorcycles must use dipped headlights during the day at all times.
Minimum age for driving, provided you hold a full UK licence, is 17 for a car and for a motorcycle over 125cc.
phones: it is illegal to
drive and use a mobile phone in Ireland.
Parking: Parking regulations are strictly enforced, particularly in Dublin city. Tow trucks and vehicle disabling programs are in operation. Parking meters operate in the centre. The typical cost is euro 1,30 to 1,90 per hour. Disk parking operates outside the central zone and in some suburbs and many cities outside Dublin. Some multi-storey car parks accept credit cards.
Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat occupants, if fitted.
Speed limits: Limits on major roads outside built-up areas vary from 60 - 100 km/h - look for signs.
Toll roads in Ireland:
Many motorways in Ireland
are toll roads. The tolls vary so below is a summary of the roads subject to tolls.
Further general information is available
at the NRA website.
M1 Dublin to Belfast Toll is at Drogheda
Visibility Vests are now compulsory in Austria, 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.
Warning triangle is recommended.
All information on this page is provided as a service to our clients. It is intended as a guide to the more important rules for the different countries to which we offer driving holidays. It is not meant to be a comprehensive document. We try and keep the information on this page up-to-date, but we cannot be held responsible in any way for any consequences arising from any inaccuracies. If you find a mistake or would like to send us some additional information, please email us. Your co-operation is appreciated.