14 AUGUST 2017

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Article from BTNews 14 AUGUST 2017

Helping hand for drivers

British travellers facing new regulations when driving in Europe have a new helping hand to navigate driving laws that can sometimes vary significantly when compared to those in the UK.

The guide, from Airport Parking and Hotels (APH), highlights road regulations in 20 popular destinations in Europe, with an infographic showing quirky road signs British drivers may not recognise.

The research also includes a table comparing the driving rules and regulations in 20 European countries, including regional limits for both speed and drink driving, the minimum age to drive, toll road payment methods and extra requirements for drivers.

The legal drink driving limit for example varies, from a zero tolerance policy in the Czech Republic to 0.8mg/ml in Malta, the same as the UK. Eight countries including Ireland and Spain also have lower drink driving limits for drivers under a certain age.

Cars must also be correctly equipped, with 19 countries requiring motorists to carry safety items such as warning triangles, and 10 more specifying dipped headlights at all times, even in daylight.

APH managing director Nick Caunter said: “Many British travellers feel apprehensive about driving abroad due to unfamiliar road signs and local laws. Our guide aims to help understanding local rules and regulations so drivers feel more comfortable.”

www.aph.com/driving-abroad

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