Motorists Warned of Harsh Driving Laws Abroad Which Could See Them Fined

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Motorists Warned of Harsh Driving Laws Abroad Which Could See Them Fined

Motorists have been cautioned about the stringent driving regulations in European countries, particularly in Germany, ahead of the upcoming Euros. With over 800,000 Britons expected to travel to Germany for the event, understanding and adhering to local driving laws is crucial to avoid hefty fines and penalties.

Key Points for Driving in Germany:

  1. Age and Licence Requirements: Drivers must be at least 18 years old and hold a full, valid driving licence.
  2. Speed Limits and Cameras: Germany has varied speed limits and numerous speed cameras. Exceeding the speed limit by even 1km/h can result in a fine. Built-up areas have a speed limit of 50 km/h (31 mph), while outside built-up areas, the limit is 100 km/h (62 mph).
  3. Alcohol Limits: The general drink-drive limit is 0.5 per cent. However, drivers under 21 or those with a new licence must have no alcohol in their system. Fines for violating this rule can reach up to £1,200.
  4. Driving Side and Overtaking: Drivers must remain on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left.
  5. Speed Signs: Speed limits in Germany are displayed in kilometres per hour, not miles per hour.
  6. Horn Use: Horns should only be used in immediate danger. Misuse can result in fines, so avoid using the horn to celebrate football wins or other non-emergency situations.

Expert Advice:

An expert stressed the importance of adhering to these rules. “It’s crucial to stick to the speed limit and approach unfamiliar aspects with caution because travelling just 1km over the limit could result in a fine,” he said.

Wilson also highlighted that incorrect use of a horn can result in penalties, reinforcing the need for visitors to understand and comply with local traffic codes to avoid unnecessary fines.

Impact of Non-Compliance:

Failing to follow these regulations can lead to significant consequences. Besides fines and penalties, non-compliance can result in the termination of insurance policies, making it difficult to secure coverage elsewhere.


As the Euros approach, motorists are urged to familiarize themselves with driving laws in Germany to ensure a safe and penalty-free journey.

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