Driving in Europe

For Irish motorists, driving on the continent offers a different experience to driving at home. Most countries in Europe drive on the right hand side of the road while speed limits, road signs and traffic laws vary from country to country. Familiarise yourself with European Regulations as well as the rules of the road in the country of your choice. Note that some countries you visit make require you to have an International Driving Permit.

Documents and Insurance

You must always carry your national driving licence (and International Driving Permit if necessary), the original vehicle registration document and your passport.  If the registration document is not in your name, ask the registered keeper to provide you with a letter of authority. If the vehicle is hired or leased ask the hire company to supply you with a Vehicle or Hire Certificate. You also need to advise your motor insurer or broker of your intentions before taking a vehicle abroad. It is most important that you know the level of cover you will actually have and what documents you will need to prove it.  A Green Card is compulsory in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Turkey.

Keep your passports and licences in a folder , along with your tickets and car, travel and health insurance policies and vehicle registration document (or, in the case of a company car, a letter of authority). Photocopy everything and keep the copies with you somewhere safe.

Driving Fines

Many countries impose on -the-spot fines for minor traffic offences and fines are paid in the currency of the country concerned to the police of local post office against a ticket issued. If you are fined, always ask for an official receipt for proof of payment, even if you dispute the fine it may still need to be paid or surety offered.  If you drink - don't drive. The laws are strict and the penalties severe.

Nationality Plate

Vehicles must display a nationality plate of the approved pattern , design and size.

Seat Belts

If seat belts are fitted to your vehicle it is compulsory to wear them .

Crash or Safety Helmets

The wearing of crash or safety helmets by motorcyclists and their passengers is compulsory in all countries .

Headlamp Beam Adapters

These are a must when motoring abroad in continental Europe . Unadjusted headlights, when driving on the right, will dazzle oncoming motorists, which is an offence and can lead to accidents. Before driving on the Continent always ensure your vehicle is fit for the road by fitting headlamp beam converters. This is a legal requirement in most Continental European countries.

Rules of the Road in Europe

This section contains information on essential phone numbers , motoring requirements and regulations for driving in Europe.  The details on the following countries are given below:


Driving in Austria

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 122 Police 133 Ambulance 144. The European emergency call number is also in use - dial 122 & ask for service required

Driving Requirements - Min 18 for Irish drivers licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.25 mg/litre

Lights - Dipped headlights are required during poor daytime visibility: front & rear side lights are required for parked vehicles when visibility is reduced to less than 200 metres or at night when public lighting does not make vehicle visible from 100 metres. Motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day.

Passengers & Children - Children under 3 must not travel in front unless using a suitable restraint system. Children over 3 and under 12 must not travel in front or rear seats unless using seat belts or restraint system appropriate to the size and weight of the child.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: 18 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50 kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 120 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Traffic on roundabouts must give way to traffic from the right, unless otherwise indicated by road signs. Warning triangle compulsory.

Driving in Belgium

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire & ambulance 100, Police 101 (if calling from mobile phone dial 122 and ask for service required)

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.25 mg/litre

Lights - Dipped headlights are required during poor daytime visibility: front & rear side lights are required for parked vehicles when visibility is reduced to less than 200 metres or at night when public lighting does not make vehicle visible from 100 metres. Motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day.

Passengers & Children - Children under 3 must not travel in front unless using a suitable restraint system. Children over 3 and under 12 must not travel in front or rear seats unless using seat belts or restraint system appropriate to the size and weight of the child.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: 18 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50 kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 120 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Traffic on roundabouts must give way to traffic from the right, unless otherwise indicated by road signs. The majority of public conveniences in Belgium (including service areas) require coins for admittance. Warning triangle compulsory.

Driving in Bulgaria

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 160 Police 166 Ambulance 150

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles. A valid Irish driving licence not recognised unless accompanied by official Bulgarian translation or international driving permit (IDP).

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.5 mg/litre

Lights - Dipped headlights should be used during poor daytime visibility.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 7 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 120 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Fire extinguisher, first aid kit & warning triangle compulsory.

Driving in Croatia

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - Zero Tolerance

Lights - Dipped headlights should be used during poor day time visibility. Motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day in built up areas and towns. You must carry a replacement set of vehicle bulbs compulsory.

Passengers & Children - Children under 12 must not travel in the front seats.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length15 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 80kph, motorways = 130 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Any visible damage to a vehicle entering Croatia must be certified by the authorities at the frontier. First aid kit & warning triangle compulsory.

Driving in Czech Republic

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 150 Police 158 Ambulance 155

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles (17 for motorcycles over 50cc). Irish licences which do not incorporate a photograph must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - Zero Tolerance

Lights - Dipped headlights should be used during poor daytime visibility. Motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day. Replacement set of vehicle bulbs compulsory.

Passengers & Children - Children under 12 or any person under 1.5 metres in height must not travel in the front seat.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 130 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information -
Any visible damage to a vehicle entering Czech Republic must be certified by the authorities at the frontier. First aid kit & warning triangle compulsory.

Driving in Denmark

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire, Police & ambulance 112

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 17 for Irish licence holder driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.25 mg/litre

Lights - All motorists and motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day.

Passengers & Children - Children under 3 travelling as front or rear passengers must be secured in a child restraint system appropriate to size: over 3, they may use seat belts combined with booster cushion if appropriate.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18.5 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 80kph, motorways = 110 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Fire extinguisher and first aid kit recommended: warning triangle compulsory. Leaded petrol not available - unleaded super (98 octane) contains lead substitute additive.

Driving in Finland

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire & Ambulance 112   Police 10022

Driving Requirements - Minimum Age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.5 mg/litre

Lights - All motorists and motorcyclists must use dipped headlights outside built-up areas during the day.

Passengers & Children - Any person under 1.5 metres in height must not travel in front seat unless using a suitable restraint system.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4.2 metres, width 2.6 metres, length 12 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18.75 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 130 kph.  Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information -
Beware of game (elk, reindeer etc.) which pose a very real hazard on some roads. Warning triangle compulsory. Leaded petrol not available - unleaded (99 octane) contains lead substitute additive. Winter tires compulsory between December & February.

Driving in France

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 18 Police 17 Ambulance 15. European emergency call number is also in use - dial 112 & request service required.

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 licence holders driving temporarily cars (or motorcycles over 80cc). Visiting motorists who have held a driving licence for less than two years must adhere to the wet weather speed limit (see speed limits).

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.25 mg/litre

Lights - Driving on sidelights only is prohibited. Motorcyclists using machines over 125cc must use dipped headlights during the day. Replacement set of vehicle bulbs strongly recommended.

Services - It is usually possible to obtain 24-hour service for a car and /or occupants every 40 kilometres. Rest stops, most of which have toilet facilities can be found every 15 kilometres. Free emergency telephones are sited every 2km on most motorways. Public telephones are available at rest stops, service areas and toll booths.

Passengers & Children - Children under 10 must not travel in the front with the exception of babies up to 9 months and less than 9kg in rear facing restraint system appropriate to age and weight. Note: under no circumstances should a rear facing restraint be used in a front seat with an air bag.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length18.35 metres.

Driving in Germany

Accidents & Emergencies - Accidents & Emergencies Fire & ambulance 112 Police 110

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 17 for Irish Licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.25 mg/litre

Lights - Dipped headlights must be used in poor daytime visibility. Driving on sidelights only is prohibited. Replacement set of vehicles bulbs strongly recommended.

Passengers & Children - Children under 12 and/or 1.5 metres in height must not travel in the front or rear seat unless using a suitable restraint system if fitted.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18.35 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 100kph, motorways = 130 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - It is an offence to make a derogatory signs or use abusive language to other drivers. First aid kit recommended, warning triangle compulsory. Leaded petrol not available - additive may be purchased separately and added to the fuel tank after each fill of unleaded.

Driving in Greece

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 199 Police 100 Ambulance 166

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles. Irish licences that do not incorporate a photograph must be accompanied by an International Driving licence (IDP).

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.5 mg/litre

Lights - All motorists (outside built-up areas) and motorcycles must use dipped headlights during the day.

Passengers & Children - Children under 10 must not travel in the front seat.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 120 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle with/without trailer.

Additional Information - Fire extinguisher, first aid kit & warning triangle compulsory.

Driving in Hungary

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 105 Police 107 Ambulance 104

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish Licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles. Irish licences that do not incorporate a photograph must be accompanied by an International Driving Licence (IDP).

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - Zero Tolerance

Lights - All motorists (outside built-up areas) and motor cycles must use dipped headlights during the day.

Passengers & Children - Children under 1.5 metres in height using suitable restraint system permitted to travel in the front seat provided there is no airbag for that seat.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 3 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 80kph, motorways = 120 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle with/without trailer.

Additional Information - Recommended that any conspicuous vehicle damage be reported to police on entry to the country. First aid kit and warning triangle compulsory.

Driving in Italy

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 115 Police 112 Ambulance 118

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported cars (or motorcycles over 125cc or with passenger). Italian translation or 'declaration' formerly issued to accompany all older green licences no longer valid. The holder of such a licence should exchange it for a new format licence if time allows. Alternatively these older licences may be accompanied by an International Driving Permit (LDP).

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.4 mg/litre

Lights - Dipped headlights are compulsory when passing through tunnels (even if they are well lit). Full beam headlights can only be used outside cities and towns. Replacement set of vehicle bulbs recommended.

Services - It is usually possible to obtain services for a car and/or occupants every 30 - 50 kilometres. Emergency telephones are sited every 2km on most motorways. Some are marked SOS and have automatic push-button controls to summon medical help.

Passengers & Children - Children under 4 must not travel in the front or rear seats unless using a suitable restraint system. Children between 4 and 12 may only travel in front seat if using such equipment.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.55 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18.75 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 130 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Italian Embassy, 63 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4.Vehicles travelling in opposite directions and wishing to turn left must pass in front of each other. Motorcycles under 150cc are not allowed on motorways. Warning triangle compulsory.

Driving in Luxembourg

Accidents & Emergencies - Police 113 Fire & Ambulance 112

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 17 for Irish Licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.4 mg/litre

Lights - When overtaking at night outside built-up areas you must flash lights. Parking lights are required in areas without street lights. Motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day.

Passengers & Children - Children under 12 and/or 1.5 metres in height must not travel in the front seat unless using a suitable restraint system. Children seated in the rear must use child seat or restraint if fitted.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 25 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 120 kph, Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle with/without trailer.

Additional Information - Warning triangle compulsory. Leaded petrol not available - unleaded super (98 octane) contains lead substitute additive.

Driving in Netherlands

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire, Police & Ambulance 112

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.25 mg/litre

Lights - Driving on sidelights only is prohibited. Undipped headlights cannot be used during the day and when their use inconveniences other traffic or pedestrians.

Passengers & Children - Children under 12 and/or 1.5 metres in height must not travel in the front seat unless using suitable restraint system. Children under 3 seated in the rear do not have to wear seat belts but must use child seat or restraint if fitted. Children over 3 and under 12 must wear seat belts in absence of such equipment.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.55 metres. Small roads have a maximum width restriction of 2.20 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 80kph, motorways = 120 kph, Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Hazard warning lights or warning triangle compulsory (recommended that warning triangle always be carried. Leaded petrol not available - unleaded super (98 octane) contains lead substitute additive.

Driving in Norway

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 110 Police 112 Ambulance 113

Driving Requirements - Minimum Age 17 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.1 mg/litre

Lights - All motorists & motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day. Replacement set of vehicle bulbs recommended.

Passengers & Children - Children under 4 must not travel in the front or rear unless using child restraint appropriate to size and weight. Children over 4 must use child restraint system or seatbelts as appropriate. Note: under no circumstances should a rear facing restraint be used in a front seat with an airbag.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18.75 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 80kph, motorways = 90 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Fire extinguisher and first aid kit recommended: warning triangle compulsory. Leaded petrol not available - unleaded (98 octane) contains lead substitute additive.

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 998 Police 997 Ambulance 999

Driving in Poland

Driving Requirements - An international Driving Permit (IDP) is compulsory for the holder of any type of Irish driving licence.

Lights - Dipped headlights compulsory during the day for motorcyclists and between October and February for motorists. Replacement set of vehicle bulbs recommended.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.2 mg/litre

Passengers & Children - Children under 10 must not travel in the front or rear unless using child restraint system appropriate to size and weight.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18.35 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 130 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Fire extinguisher, first aid kit and warning triangle strongly recommended, as you may encounter problems with the local authorities if you are unable to produce such items when asked.

Driving in Portugal

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire, Police & ambulance 112

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.5 mg/litre

Lights - Full headlights are prohibited in built-up areas. Motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day.

Services - It is usually possible to obtain services for a car and/or occupants every 30 - 50 kilometres. Emergency telephones are sited every 2km.

Passengers & Children - Children under 3 must not travel in the front unless in an approved child seat, children over 3 and under 12 must use approved restraint system unless the car is a two seater.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres, length 12 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 120 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Portuguese law requires that everyone carries photographic proof of identity at all times. Warning triangle compulsory.

Driving in Romania

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 981 Police 955 Ambulance 961

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - Zero Tolerance

Lights - Dipped headlights should be used during poor daytime visibility. Motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day. Replacement set of vehicle bulbs compulsory.

Passengers & Children - Children under 12 or any person under 1.5 metres in height must not travel in the front seat.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.55 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 60kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 130 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer

Additional Information - Any visible damage to a vehicle entering Slovakia must be certified by the authorities at the frontier. First aid kit and warning triangle compulsory.

Driving in Slovakia

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 150 Police 158 Ambulance 155

Driving Requirements - International Driving Permit.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - Zero Tolerance

Lights - Dipped headlights should be used during poor daytime visibility Motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day Replacement set of vehicle bulbs compulsory.

Passengers & Children - Children under 12 or any person under 1.5 metres in heights must not travel in the front seat.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: Height 4 metres, width 2.55 metres. Vehicle + trailer: length 18 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas:60kph(37mph).Outside built-up areas:90kph(55mph)Motorways:130kph(80mph)Type of vehicle affected: private vehicle without trailer maximum speed outside built up Areas for vehicles not exceeding 3500kg.

Additional Information - Any visible damage to a vehicle entering Slovakia must be certified by the authorities at the frontier. First aid kit and warning triangle compulsory

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire & ambulance 112 Police 113

Driving in Slovenia

Driving Requirements - An international Driving Permit (IDP) is compulsory for the holder of any type of Irish driving licence.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.5 mg/litre

Lights - All motorists and motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day. Replacement set of vehicle bulbs compulsory.

Passengers & Children - Children under 12 must not travel in the front seats.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 130 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Any visible damage to a vehicle entering Slovenia must be certified by authorities at the frontier. First aid kit and hazard warning lights or warning triangle compulsory (recommended that warning triangle always carried).

Driving in Spain

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 080 Police 091 Ambulance 092 The European emergency call number is also in use in some areas - dial 112 and ask for the service required.

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.25 mg/litre (0.1 for new drivers)

Lights - Full headlights are prohibited in built-up areas. Motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day. Replacement set of vehicle bulbs compulsory.

Services - It is usually possible to obtain services for a car and/or occupants every 30 - 50 kilometres. Emergency telephones are sited every 2km.

Passengers & Children - Children under 12 must not travel in the front seat unless using a suitable restraint system.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.5 metres, length - 12 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18.35 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 90kph, motorways = 120 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Two warning triangles compulsory for all vehicles. Recommended that visiting drivers who wear glasses carry a spare pair in their vehicle, this is a legal requirement for Spanish drivers.

Driving in Sweden

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire, Police & ambulance 112

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles. Irish licences not incorporating a photograph must be accompanied by photographic proof of identity e.g. passport.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.2 mg/litre

Lights - All motorists and motorcyclists must use dipped headlights during the day.

Passengers & Children - Children of 7 or under must not travel in a vehicle unless using a suitable restraint system.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: no height limit, width 2.6 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18.35 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 70kph, motorways = 110 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - Beware of game (moose, deer etc.) which pose a very real hazard on some roads. Fire extinguisher, first aid kit and warning triangle recommended. Leaded petrol not available - unleaded premium (98 octane) contains lead substitute additive.

Driving in Switzerland

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 118 Police 117 Ambulance 144

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 18 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.4 mg/litre

Lights - Dipped headlights are compulsory when passing through tunnels (even if they are well lit). Driving on sidelights prohibited. Motorcyclists are advised to use dipped headlights during the day.

Passengers & Children - Children under 7 cannot travel as front seat passengers unless using suitable restraint system. Children between 7 and 12 must use seat belts or restraint systems appropriate to size when travelling as front or rear passengers.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 metres, width 2.55 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18.75 metres. Caravans: length 12 metres including tow bar, width 2.55

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 80kph, motorways = 120 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailer.

Additional Information - In some areas it is compulsory to switch off your engine when waiting at traffic lights or railway crossings. It is advisable to check special regulations governing mountain roads especially if towing a caravan/trailer. Warning triangle compulsory.

Driving in Turkey

Accidents & Emergencies - Fire 110 Police 155 Ambulance 112 Tourists may also contact Tourist Police for assistance.

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 17 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.5 mg/litre

Lights - Dipped headlights during poor daytime visibility.

Passengers & Children - No restriction on the ages of front seat passengers.

Size Restrictions - Motor vehicles: height 4 m, width 2.5 metres. Vehicle & trailer: length 18 metres.

Speed Limits - Built up areas = 50kph, outside built up areas = 80kph, motorways = 120 kph. Type of vehicle affected = private vehicle without trailers.

Additional Information - Fire extinguisher, first aid kit & two warning triangles compulsory.

Driving in United Kingdom

Accidents and Emergencies - Fire, Ambulance and Police - 999 or 112.

Driving Requirements - Minimum age 17 for Irish licence holders driving temporarily imported vehicles.

Blood Alcohol Limits for Drivers - 0.8 mg/litre

Lights - Dipped headlights during poor daytime visibility.

Passengers & Children - Children under 3 must not travel in the front unless in an approved child seat, children over 3 and under 11 must use approved restraint system.

Speed Limits - Built-up areas = 30 mph (48 kph), Single carriageways = 60 mph (96 kph) for cars, 50 mph (81 kph) for cars towing caravans or trailers, buses and coaches. Dual carriageways = 70mph (112kph) Motorways = 70mph (112kph)

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