Children in cars: children under 12 or 1.5 metres tall cannot travel in the front unless they use a proper child restraint system. Children under 3 in the rear must use a proper child restraint. Children over 3 can use appropriate restraints in the rear, but can only use the lap part of a full seat belt..
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. Anything over 0.05 per cent and you could face
anything up to imprisonment.
Fire extinguisher is advised, but not compulsory.
First-aid kit is advised, but not compulsory.
Fuel: All grades of unleaded petrol, diesel and LPG are available as well as lead substitute additive. No Leaded. 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, which are often the only pumps open out-of-hours. 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 compulsory.
age for driving, provided you hold a full UK licence, is 18 for a car and motorcycle.
Speed limits: visiting motorists holding a licence for less than 2 years cannot exceed 75 km/h.
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 compulsory.
Winter tyres are now compulsory in Luxembourg for all cars even if only transiting the Duchy. BUT only when snow and/or ice is present on roads. Winter tyres can be recognised by the snowflake on the sidewall, or one of the following combination of letters: M+S, M/S, M&S. Vehicles not fitted with winter tyres will be subject to a fine of 74 euros.
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.