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  European travel compulsory equipment


Heading west? Here's a guide to the compulsory equipment you'll need to carry in your car when heading to Europe and beyond.

Under each country you'll find the compulsory equipment you should carry in order to meet the legal requirements. There's also a few brief notes to highlight anything important that you should know.

Remember, you'll need a GB sticker (or Euro-plates) and headlight beam adjusters where ever you go, so I haven't repeated this over and over again under each country.



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ANDORRA

What you need: Spare bulbs, warning triangle, reflective jackets.

Useful info: Illegal to carry petrol in a can. Where signs indicate, snow chains are required. Children under 10 cannot travel in the front seat. Winter tyres recommended.

AUSTRIA

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jackets, first aid kit, winter tyres.

Useful info: Between 1st November & April 15th your car should be fitted with winter tyres or all season tyres. They should be marked with M+S (mud & snow) with a minimum tread depth of 4mm. It is illegal to use radar detectors.

BELARUS

What you need: Warning triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher.

Useful info: Radar detectors are illegal. Children under 12 cannot travel in the front seat. Zero tolerance on drink driving. Winter tyres recommended.

BELGIUM

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jacket

Useful info: First aid kit & fire extinguisher recommended.

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

What you need: Spare bulbs, warning triangle, first aid kit.

Useful info: Winter tyres or all season tyres marked M+S (mud & snow) are compulsory between 15th November and 15th April. Snow chains are recommended & compulsory where signed. Dipped headlights should be used during the day. Radar detectors are illegal & GPS systems should have fixed camera locations disabled.

BULGARIA

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jackets, first aid kit, fire extinguisher.

Useful info: Where signs indicate, snow chains are required. Children under 12 cannot travel in the front seat. Radar detectors are illegal & GPS systems should have fixed camera locations disabled.

CROATIA

What you need: Spare bulbs, warning triangle, reflective jacket, first aid kit, snow chains.

Useful info: Radar detectors are illegal. Children under 12 cannot travel in the front seat. Dipped headlights compulsory October to March.

REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS

What you need: Two warning triangles.

Useful info: Children under 5 cannot travel in the front seat. Radar detectors are illegal & GPS systems should have fixed camera locations disabled.

CZECH REPUBLIC

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jacket, first aid kit, winter tyres.

Useful info: Zero tolerance on drink driving. Dipped headlights must be used at all times. Winter tyres or all season tyres marked M+S (mud & snow) are compulsory between 1st November and 31st March. Radar detectors are illegal & GPS systems should have fixed camera locations disabled.

DENMARK

What you need: Warning triangle.

Useful info: Fire extinguisher & first aid kit recommended. Radar detectors are illegal. Dipped headlights must be used at all times.

ESTONIA

What you need: Warning triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, two wheel chocks, winter tyres.

Useful info: Zero tolerance on drink driving. Winter tyres should be fitted between 1st December & 1st March. Dipped headlights must be used at all times.

FINLAND

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jacket, winter tyres.

Useful info: Dipped headlights must be used at all times. Winter tyres or all season tyres marked M+S (mud & snow) are compulsory between 1st December and 1st March. Minimum tread depth 3mm. Radar detectors are illegal.

FRANCE & MONACO

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jacket, snow chains, breathalyser.

Useful info: Children under 10 cannot travel in the front seat. Spare bulbs kit recommended. Radar detectors are illegal & should not be present in the vehicle.

GERMANY

What you need: Warning triangle is recommended.

Useful info: Dipped headlights recommended at all times. Drivers are advised to carry a first aid kit and spare bulbs. GPS systems should have fixed camera locations disabled. Cars with Summer Tyres are not permitted to travel when there is snow or ice on the road.

GIBRALTAR

What you need: No set requirements.

Useful info: Using headlights on main beam is illegal.

UK

What you need: No set requirements.

Useful info: Fire extinguisher, first aid kit and warning triangle are recommended. A warning triangle should not be used on a motorway.

GREECE

What you need: Warning triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher.

Useful info: Children over 3 and under 1.5 metres cannot travel in the front seat. Illegal to carry a petrol can.

HUNGARY

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jacket, first aid kit, snow chains.

Useful info: Zero tolerance on drink driving. Dipped headlights must be used at all times. Spare bulbs recommended.

ICELAND

What you need: Warning triangle.

Useful info: Dipped headlights must be used at all times. Spare bulbs, first aid kit and fire extinguisher recommended.

ITALY & SAN MARINO

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jacket, snow chains.

Useful info: Radar detectors are illegal & should not be present in the vehicle. Winter tyres recommended.

LATVIA

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jacket, first aid kit, winter tyres.

Useful info: Dipped headlights must be used at all times. Winter tyres are compulsory between 1st December & 1st March. Spare bulb kit recommended.

LITHUNIA

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jacket, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, winter tyres.

Useful info: Dipped headlights must be used at all times. Children under 12 or 1.5 metres cannot travel in the front seat. Variable speed limit on dual carriageways depending on the time of year. Winter tyres compulsory between 1st of November & 1st April. Spare bulb kit recommended.

LUXEMBOURG

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jacket.

Useful info: All tyres must be the same grade i.e. All winter or all summer.

MACEDONIA

What you need: Spare bulbs, warning triangle, reflective jacket, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, snow chains.

Useful info: Dipped headlights must be used at all times. Snow chains must be present in the vehicle 15th November to 15th March. Winter tyres must have at least 4mm tread depth and are recommended. Radar detectors are illegal.

MALTA

What you need: Warning triangle.

Useful info:

MONTENEGRO

What you need: Spare bulbs, first aid kit, warning triangle.

Useful info: Dipped headlights must be used at all times. Children under 12 cannot travel as a front seat passenger. Winter tyres recommended.

NETHERLANDS

What you need: No set requirements.

Useful info: Warning triangle must be used in case of an accident or breakdown so carrying one is recommended. Radar detectors are illegal.

NORWAY

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jackets.

Useful info: Dipped headlights must be used at all times. Radar detectors are illegal. First aid kit, fire extinguisher, snow chains and spare bulbs recommended.

POLAND

What you need: Warning triangle.

Useful info: Dipped headlights must be used at all times. First aid kit and replacement bulbs recommended. Radar detectors are illegal & should not be present in the vehicle.

PORTUGAL

What you need: Reflective jackets, photographic ID.

Useful info: Children under 12 or 1.5 metres cannot travel in the front seat. Warning triangle is recommended as it is compulsory in the event of an accident or breakdown. Illegal to carry bikes on the back of a car. Radar detectors are illegal.

ROMANIA

What you need: Warning triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher.

Useful info: Zero tolerance on drink driving. Children under 12 cannot travel in the front seat. Winter tyres are recommended.

RUSSIA

What you need: Spare bulbs, warning triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher.

Useful info: Dipped headlights must be used at all times. Radar detectors are illegal.

SERBIA

What you need: Spare bulbs, warning triangle, reflective jackets, first aid kit, winter tyres, spare wheel, tow rope, european accident claim form.

Useful info: Dipped headlights or daytime running lights must be used at all times. Radar detectors are illegal & should not be present in the vehicle.

SLOVAKIA

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jackets, first aid kit, winter tyres.

Useful info: Zero tolerance on drink driving. Dipped headlights must be used at all times. Children under 12 or 1.5 metres cannot travel in the front seat. Winter tyres should be marked M+S (mud & snow). Radar detectors are illegal & should not be present in the vehicle.

SPAIN

What you need: Warning triangle, reflective jackets, spare wheel.

Useful info: Two warning triangles and snow chains are recommended. Radar detectors are illegal.

SWEDEN

What you need: Winter tyres from 1st December to 31st March.

Useful info: Dipped headlights must be used at all times. Winter tyres must be used 1st December - 1st March and marked M+S (mud & snow) with a minimum 3mm tread depth. Warning triangle, first aid kit and fire extinguisher recommended. Radar detectors are illegal.

SWITZERLAND

What you need: Warning triangle, snow chains.

Useful info: Radar detectors are illegal and should not present in the vehicle. GPS systems should have fixed camera locations disabled.

TURKEY

What you need: Two warning triangles, first aid kit, fire extinguisher.

Useful info: Children under 12 cannot travel in the front seat. Snow chains & winter tyres recommended.

UKRAINE

What you need: Warning triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher.

Useful info: Zero tolerance on drink driving. Children under 12 or 1.45 metres cannot travel in the front seat. Spare bulbs, snow chains and winter tyres recommended.



 

 

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