Minimum age of driving, use of mobile phone, wearing seat belts … what are the road regulations in the European Union ? What rules are in force in these different countries ? Within the European Union, it is important to note that each country has its own highway code. As a driver, you must respect the traffic laws of the country in which you are traveling with your motorhome. Road sign In general, the majority of European countries use the same types of sign which symbolize : danger, priority, obligation, prohibition, information, direction and indication, … There are also other additional and specific signs. Generally, signs have approximately the same appearance : size, color, design,… from one country to another. Driving age Concerning road regulations in the European Union, for most countries the minimum driving age is generally 18 years except in the case of Ireland and the United Kingdom where it is 17 years. Traffic direction As you probably already know, in most countries of the European Union, you have to drive from the right side. However, driving is on the left in Cyprus, Malta, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Seat belt Another point of road regulations in the European Union is the seat belt, which is absolutely mandatory in both the front and rear of the vehicle. Cellphone The use of the hand-held mobile phone at the wheel of your vehicle is completely prohibited in all states of the European Union. Note that some countries accept the use of hands-free kits. Alcohol, drugs and medicines The maximum level of alcohol in the blood authorized varies according to the country’s legislation (between 0.2 and 0.5g /l) and according to the driver’s experience, the size of the vehicle… However, some countries do not tolerate any presence of alcohol in the blood when you are driving your vehicle such as : Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Slovakia. Another important point is that all European Union countries formally prohibit drugs and the use of medicines that degrade the condition of the driver. Toll roads Concerning the road regulations in the European Union, the toll roads are also a big point. There are a lot of different laws and systems from one country to another.
- There are roads where payment is made directly at the entrance, such as motorways (toll roads), bridges, tunnels and some city centers, in the following countries : Croatia, Denmark, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Latvia and the United Kingdom.
- Then, another system is also established : the sticker that must be purchased before taking the road and then sticked on the windscreen of your vehicle. This system operates in Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
- Finally, the other countries have roads that are globally free, as is the case for motorways in Germany (you have to pay for some city centers) or Belgium, Luxembourg and Finland.